28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer

Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.

1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger did.

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2. Paper Bag Lanterns

Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here.

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3. Wine Bottle Torch

Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here.

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Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post for the how to.

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5. Tin Can Lanterns

Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here.

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6. Hanging Railing Jars

Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here.

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7. Cupcake Lights


Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger.

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8. Glass Candle Lanterns

Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post has all the details.

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9. Hanging Tea Lights

Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinned here.

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10. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Here’s a tutorial. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.

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11. Tube Lights

Turn textured plastic into subtle lighting with this tutorial.

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12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier

This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger.

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13. Ice Lantern

It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial.

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14. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.

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15. Solar Light Chandelier

Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!

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16. Wine Glass Chandeliers

Turn sheets of vellum into little lampshades for wine glasses with this simple tutorial.

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17. Grapevine Lights

Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.

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18. Beer Bottle Table Runner

Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.

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19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

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20. Fabric Lamps

Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Follow these directions.

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21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

This blog post shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.

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22. Starry Lights

Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.

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23. Birthday Hat Lights

Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post has all the info.

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24. Seashell Lighting

String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are by Martha, of course.

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25. Origami String Lights

Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here and here.

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26. Glowing Light Orbs

Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.

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27. Watercolor Orbes

Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.

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28. Emergency Outdoor Light

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