No matter what time of year it is, we all love to get out in our back yards, whether it be for a summer barbecue or a winter bonfire. Outdoor lighting can really set the mood and give us an extra few hours to enjoy time spent outdoors.
Bloggers from around the world have devised some incredible DIY outdoor lighting ideas. Some are incredibly simple, some a little more difficult – but all are beautiful and will add a touch of elegance to your outdoor events.
Here are eighteen of the best DIY outdoor lighting ideas…
Make Your Own Outdoor Candle Lantern – This clever lantern is super cheap to make and requires very little effort. It will create ambient lighting for any garden occasion. Make a cluster of them and create a real centre piece.
How To Make A Mason Jar Solar Lamp – No need for batteries or electric, after the initial investment, these are powered purely by the SUN. You could even get your hands on some coloured mason jars and experiment with colours.
Make Your Own Ice Lanterns – These cool ice lanterns not only provide light for your back yard get together, but also a lovely winter scent. They look stunning too! (Pictured right)
How To Make Magical Paper Star Lanterns – These will make any old space feel enchanted and beautiful. You don’s have to have a massive back yard for these, they would make the smallest of patio’s look incredible. Why not hang them high in a tree to get a dramatic effect.
Make An Outdoor Indoor Lamp – Why not make your outside space feel like indoors, the perfect way to achieve this would be creating this fabulous outdoor lamp.
How To Make Wine Bottle Tiki Torches – These funky tiki torches are dead simple to make, and can make great outside lighting around your patio or table. By using left over wine bottles, you are recycling too!
How To Make A Twine Ball Light Garland – Thisfun craft idea can be tailored to your own tastes and would look great hung up around the garden table or in a tree.
Make Your Own Tiki Torch Holding Bracket – This great DIY shows how to make a sturdy bracket for your tiki torch, these can be placed onto your back yard fence to make great lighting and lovely features.
How To Make Glowing Outdoor Orbs – All you need is Opaque glass shades from a second hand shop and some Christmas lights to make these incredible glass orbs. Dot a few around the garden and they will create the most perfect glowing effect.
Make Your Own Tin Can Lanterns – With a few simple instructions and materials you will find lying around the house, you too can make these pretty vintage tin can lanterns. A quick and easy way of lighting your back yard.
How To Make Sun Jar Lights – These are another version of the DIY about solar powered lights in mason jars, this particular post details how to make the light more ambient and look like a delicate glowing sun. Just one of many effects to experiment with….
How To Make Outdoor Plastic Bottle Lights – These are simple to make and really cool to look at, the design is original and almost looks like a tree or plant.
Make Your Own Floating Candle Light – This post gives a whole list of really inspiring tips and ideas for garden parties, the lighting part is really interesting, it details how to make some stylish floating candle lights.
How To Make Your Own Glowing Garden Ball – This will make any back yard stand out amongst its neighbours, by using a colour pallet to your own tastes and style these could really be a stand out feature in the daytime and stunning lighting when dark.
Make Your Own Citronella Candles – These are inexpensive, but effective when it comes to warning off those little pests in the night time air allowing you to enjoy a summers eve in peace.
Make Your Own Cup Cake Lights – This neat idea only needs two materials, some fairy lights or bulbs and some cute cup cake cases from your kitchen cupboard. Perfect for an outside party.
How To Make Wine Glass Candle Lightshades – These can be scattered across the table and will make original tones and shades of light. Why not get creative and design these as you like, whether that be painting, stencilling or printing…..
Make Your Own Paper Bag Lanterns – Create your own designs on a standard paper bag, place a candle in and start lighting your back yard inexpensively with beautiful effects.