outdoor string lights

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden

Adding lighting to landscaping can showcase plants in a new way, light up a pathway, or just create a warm glow.  Here are a few outdoor lighting ideas throughout the year.

garden lighting

Light a Candle

Hanging lanterns lit with tealights creates a flickering glow and warmth to a summer night. Hang them in the trees surrounding a patio, off fences, or under arbours.  These lanterns made from tin cans have been all the rage this summer. Check out this DIY from Fine Gardening Magazine.

recycled can lanterns

Welcome guests to the garden with paper bag lanterns along a dark pathway or up the front steps. Fill brown paper lunch bags with sand and set a glass votive  inside. Fold the top of the bag down to create a wider opening at the top.  I love these from House to Home.

 paper bag lanterns

Citronella CAN-dles do double duty in creating ambiance for guests while warding off pests. Set cans around the perimeter of the entertaining area, and enjoy a mosquito free evening.

burlap citronella candle

Learn how to make this amazing wine bottle torch lamp over at Design*Sponge for a modern take on the tiki torch.

tiki torchUsing Solar Power

Christmas lights aren’t just for December. Line fences or under eaves with warm white solar powered string lights, wind them around trees, or drape them over an eating area. There are so many options as shown from Fresh Home.

outdoor string lights

Solar powered fence caps light up the perimeters of the garden giving a wider sense of space to the garden area at night.

Or create a set of mason jar solar lights to add a vintage flare to your garden space.

Mason Jar Solar Lights and Full Moon


Indoor Lighting Outdoors

Craft an outdoor lamp from a hanging pendant and a tree branch.

DIY Branch Outdoor Lamp Project

Another great project can be found in Handmade Garden Projects: battery operated LED lights inside mason jars make quick and stylish lanterns in pinch. Helen from Toronto Gardens (well technically Mr. TG) made these LED jar lights to pretty up her garden.

mason jar lights

These globe lights are made from string lights and glass globe handing pendant shades. Learn how to do this cool project over at The Art of Doing Stuff blog.

Outdoor Globe Lights

About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Helen at Toronto Gardens
    Helen at Toronto GardensSeptember 26,12

    Thanks for the link love, Stevie. An honour. Our mason jar lights are still going strong. Love the other ideas, too.

  2. Stevie
    StevieSeptember 26,12

    Hi Helen, you are very welcome. I saw your post on this back in the spring and have had it in the back of my mind to share all summer (now fall). I was going to email you today and let you know I put this post up. Glad you found it first!

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    End Table With Lamp AttachedOctober 1,12

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  4. micaela
    micaelaNovember 18,12

    I like your’s idea!!! Very nice!!!
    Have you seen this? http://hearts-of-glass.tumblr.com/post/10692653524
    I think it’s a great idea for outdoor. A kiss!

  5. Lauren @momhomeguide
    Lauren @momhomeguideJune 26,13

    I love the LED lights inside of mason jars — thrifty and cute!

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