Birdcage Outdoor Fairy Lights

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden

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

garden lighting

For the Birds

Let the birds fly free and fill a pretty 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 (which you very well may already have)! See how to make it here.

DIY Solar Light Chandelier - an easy ouutdoor project in just 15 minutes!Recycling at its Best

These tulip lights are a thrifty way to dress up the garden using recycled water bottles! See some inspiring photos and instructions on how to make them here.These tulip lights are a gorgeous way to use up recycling!

Light a Candle

Hanging lanterns lit with tea lights creates a flickering glow and warmth to a summer night. Hang them in the trees surrounding a patio, off fences, or underneath arbors.  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 pull double duty by creating ambiance for guests while warding off pests. Set cans around the perimeter of the entertaining area and enjoy a mosquito-free evening.Keep mosquitoes from spoiling the party with upcycled citronella candles

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 takes 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.Make Mason Jar Solar Lanterns from vintage mason jars and solar lights - this has full step-by-step instructions

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

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Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  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?
    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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