Yard lighting is a gorgeous way of turning your outdoor space into a truly spectacular party venue or making a family home look pretty at night. From cute fairy lights and oriental lanterns to solar powered spike lights and deck lighting, there are so many different ways of making your backyard look unique.
But if you’re looking for cost effective lighting that’s easy to maintain, a great idea is to get crafty and make your own designer garden lanterns using some simple household items or materials you can get from your local craft store.
Here are some fabulous ideas to get you started…
Paper LanternsOutdoor paper lanterns are extremely easy to make and they’re safe to make if you have young kids. They can be any color, any size and any shape, as long as there is enough space for the bulb or candle. The most basic paper lantern design can be found on this step by step article but there are so many fun ways you can try out.
If you’re really looking to impress your guests, a very recent trend is to create circular lanterns using cocktail umbrellas. So don’t forget to hang onto to those umbrellas after your next party! Here’s a step by step video tutorial posted by Etsy – watch it here.
Bottle and Jar LightingA little bit of upcycling goes a long, long way. And upcycled glass can be extremely pretty. Apothecary jars or mason jars are ideal for recycling into cute little garden table lanterns. You can decorate the jars in so many different ways. You can add wire to create hanging lanterns or you can use them to decorate your yard decking or table surfaces. Watch an easy tutorial on Youtube.
Alternatively, you can create scented candle holders from used beer and wine bottles by using the simple glass cutting method.
Tin Can LightsThis is a super fun project. If you want to create interesting light patterns by candle light, this is a cool and quirky way of doing it. These lights are perfect for Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving as you can create seasonal designs.
It’s also a frugal design so you can use existing household items and you won’t need to spend any extra money. All you will need is a hammer, a sharp nail, some metal wire and old tin food cans. Take a look at the tutorial online.