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.
For the Birds
For this project I used waterproof, batter-powered LED lights. I can leave it out in the garden and not worry about the rain getting the lights wet. A string of solar powered fairy lights would also work beautifully, as long as you set the charger out in the sun during the daytime.
Dress Up the Table
This DIY solar light chandelier was made from just three materials (and ones you may already have)! See how to make it here.
These tulip lights are a thrifty way to dress of the garden using recycled water bottles! See some inspiring photos and instructions on how to make them here:
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to make this amazing wine bottle torch lamp over at Design*Sponge for a modern take on the tiki torch.
Make a Candle Planter
This simple but stunning candle planter take a few minutes to make and makes for a festive table centerpiece. check out the tips on how to put this together easily here:
Using 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.
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.
Once you make mason jar lights, you can dress them up! These seaside solar lights are full of beach glass and shells that reflect the light making them bright and beachy!
Indoor Lighting Outdoors
Craft an outdoor lamp from a hanging pendant and a tree branch.
And finally, these terrarium night lights can be made for indoors or out, although I prefer to keep mine on my bedside table. It offers a warm glow and mystical feel. See how to make one here:
For more outdoor lighting, I also wrote an eBay round up on Candles in the Garden: