Stay Outside Longer: Backyard DIY Lighting Ideas

Stay Outside Longer: Backyard DIY Lighting Ideas

Katie Holdefehr
Aug 1, 2016
(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

If you're lucky enough to have an outdoor space, maximize it with lighting that lets your summer gatherings continue late into the night. Simple supplies, like an empty wine bottle or a hardware store rope light, are all you'll need to whip up a few homemade lamps. Pick one of these projects and your backyard or balcony will be glowing by sundown.

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I'm adding this one to my list of miraculous things you can make out of an empty wine bottle: An outdoor oil lamp. Follow the full how-to on Design Sponge.

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To make these glowing 3D lanterns, pull out your X-acto and print the free downloadable flower pattern from A Piece of Rainbow.

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Inspired by this popular Anthropologie glass lantern, Sarah of the blog Sadie Seasongoods crafted her own from a $3 light cover and a can of spray paint.

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This two-in-one outdoor light and side table will take some time to make, but Lowes' step-by-step instructions are easy to follow.

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Don't worry: you won't need to call an electrician to rig these brilliant lantern columns. All you'll need is a bamboo pole, some paper lanterns, and string lights. Find the how-to on Martha Stewart.

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Spell out your summertime motto with a lighted rope sign. Emma from A Beautiful Mess fashioned the one above by first creating an outline with nails and then wrapping the rope light around.

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No one will believe you made these punched aluminum lanterns yourself. Family Circle crafted these out of decorative metal sheets and wire.

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