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DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas

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Lighting is one of the easiest (and least-expensive) ways to cast an enchanting spell on any outdoor space. Try these ideas when you want to illuminate a setting and create a distinctive mood.

Simple DIY outdoor lighting ideas

Sun Jars

Sun jars are a great way to create a warm, glowing light inside or outside the home. All you need is a mason jar, some frosting spray, and an old solar light you can take apart and you’ll have a decorative accessory during the day and a eco-friendly light at night!

Wine Bottle Torch

Love the light of an open flame but tired of the same old Tiki torches? Then feast your eyes on this lovely wine bottle torch! While it’s a bit more involved than some of our other lighting projects, the end result is nothing short of stunning and will give a very unique look to any outdoor setting.

Paper Lanterns

Classic outdoor lighting with an Eastern feel, paper lanterns are easy to make and a perfect patio accessory. Using colored tissue paper for the body will let you get a color scheme that goes perfectly with your home.

Paper Bags

If paper lanterns aren’t your style, try hanging some paper bags. This is an easy way to create a custom design that you can hang individually or in clusters from a tree, pergola, or entryway and is sure to be a conversation starter.

Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern

If you’re handy with a drill and have a little time, an outdoor candle lantern makes a great afternoon project for lighting anywhere outside the home. This project uses items that you’ll probably already have in your home, so it’s quick and easy for those decorating on a budget.

DIY Pendant Shades

Electric or battery-powered hanging bulbs can be a starting point for an original outdoor shade. You can cut the bottoms from candle holders and fit them around basic pendant lights to create a dabbled light effect in this outdoor dining room.

Glass Bottle Chandeliers

If you’ve got a baby around the house, chances are you’ve got a lot of baby food too. And when those jars of food go empty, there’s no better way to use them than to make your own chandelier. As long as you can use wire cutters and pliers you’ll have no problem with this one, and there’s a step by step video to help you the whole way!

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  1. TX Blu Topaz
    July 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hmmm….. Are there supposed to be video/instruction links for making these items? I don’t see links.

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