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

For the Birds

Let the birds fly free and fill a birdcage with string lights.birdcage outdoor garden light with warm white string lights

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.birdcage outdoor fairy lights

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.

DIY Solar Light Chandelier - an easy ouutdoor project in just 15 minutes!
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 torchMake 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:

This easy candle planter is made with two pots plus some annuals and a candle

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.

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

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!These DIY Beach Mason Jar Solar Lights really cast a glow reflected off the beach glass

Indoor Lighting Outdoors

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

DIY Branch Outdoor Lamp Project


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:Use a waterproof LED light to make a night light terrarium

For more outdoor lighting, I also wrote an eBay round up on Candles in the Garden10 ways to use candles outdoors this summer

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

  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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