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DIY Outdoor Lighting Tips for Your Outdoor SpaceFebruary 8th, 2022 by
Have you ever noticed how beautiful lighting transforms a space? Something as simple as visual opposites take ambiance to the next level. If you’re wondering how to transition your outdoor space from day to night, check out these DIY outdoor lighting ideas for beauty on a budget.
Often referred to as Christmas lights, these small, decorative bulbs are usually available in clear or white. Layer a strand into an empty jar for a stunning visual effect. The ethereal glow reminiscent of lightning bugs is sure to brighten any outdoor gathering.
As with any design project, try replicating this concept in many iterations. Use them as centerpieces at outdoor weddings or casual get-togethers. Introduce various jar sizes to play with scale or arrange them in trios as an alternative ensemble.
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Did you know that candles can float? While not all are up to the task, floating candles’ wide base and shallow build are perfectly designed for buoyancy. The variety isn’t much larger than a tealight and is ideal for a few hours of evening entertaining.
In India, a similar design uses small candles or wicks placed in a dish. They’re then floated into the water and used in religious ceremonies. Try creating your own version of a floating candle using a tealight or birthday candle and a seashell or similar base. As always, proceed with caution when using an open flame.
If you’re looking for a clever way to upcycle cans, look no further. All you need is a medium paintbrush, acrylic paint, and clean, empty cans. Fill the cans with water to prevent the metal from bending and freeze them. Once they’re completely frozen, use a hammer and nail to puncture holes in the design of your choice.
Next, melt the ice and paint your lanterns to fit your theme. Streamline your look with a single color or consider metallics for an elegant vibe. Place all your lanterns in a row or scatter them throughout the venue for a touch of creative charm.
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Is there a gorgeous tree in your midst? If so, stock up on matching fairy lights to wind around its branches. Wrap the lights close together to showcase the shape of the tree if you’re feeling ambitious. As inexact as this art may be, give yourself a buffer to make any necessary adjustments a night or two ahead of time.
When it comes to tree lights, Christmas and Hanukkah are the first to come to mind. Following a tradition is great, but there’s no need to box yourself in — experiment with different lights or different trees, for that matter. For example, try the branching technique using DIY outdoor string lights for a slightly bolder appeal.
If you’d prefer to keep your party outside, keep guests on the straight and narrow by illuminating your backyard pathway. Stick to rope lights for a small yet effective option that’s not out of budget. If you’re more of a DIYer, consider lighting the way with tealights and upcycled baby food jars.
Another thing to consider is creating safe walkways. If you don’t already have proper lighting in that area, consider using tiki torches to light the way. For an overhead or eye-level approach, string a series of paper lanterns to point guests in the right direction.
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When it comes to décor, good lighting is all about creating an illusion. Fabricate a faux wall using string lights or fairy lights in unison. Place them next to each other like laundry hanging out to dry or stagger their lengths for a cascade effect. For something more uniform, layer them evenly for an impressive illumination panel at the center of your event.
Apply this concept to perimeters for a coloring book effect. By emphasizing the existing lines of a tent, gazebo, or other outdoor structure, your DIY lights outdoors will add a playful dimension to the everyday environment.
Are you partial to natural projects? If so, a chandelier made of fallen twigs is right up your alley! All you’ll need is a bundle of matching twigs tied together with twine plus an abundance of fairy lights. String the lights in between to light up various layers of the chandelier or circle them around the edges. All that’s left is the appropriate display of your beautiful handiwork.
Are you interested in designing other DIY outdoor lighting fixtures? Prioritizing safety is often the trickiest part. Unless you know your way around proper electricity and lighting practices, hiring a professional may be your best bet. Otherwise, stick to DIY options without any technical guesswork.
Outdoor lighting should be as creative as you are. Let your inner luminary shine through for fun and fantasy. Tie in your event theme for an added layer of DIY creativity.
Got any other inspiration you’d like to share? We’re all ears. Until next time, best of luck with your outdoor DIYing, and let us know how it goes!
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