Today, I’m sharing a post with you written by Debbie Lewis. She’ll be sharing some great ideas with you about charming outdoor lighting ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us, Debbie
If you’re eager to shed some light on your yard or garden at night, plenty of inexpensive do-it-yourself methods can help you do so without spending hundreds of dollars on fancy lighting. Whether you use candles, Christmas lights or phosphorescent paint, the following ideas can help you create an atmosphere that is uniquely your own.
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Recycle old Mason jars by turning them into candle-powered lanterns and hanging them from a railing overlooking your yard. Railing lights can heat up a party, set a romantic mood, or simply give visitors a warm feeling courtesy of your artistic touch. Mason jar lanterns are easy to make and inexpensive to maintain, and they offer an economical way of lighting your yard without resorting to electrical cords or charging up your electric bill.
As an alternative, screw a tuna can atop a post such as a paint stick or a piece of broom handle or dowel, then place a small jar lantern inside the can. You can use your new free-standing lanterns to line your driveway, mark a path through your garden, or lead guest to your front door as the candles burn beautifully inside their glass jars.
Create your own chandelier using a hula hoop and some Christmas lights, available year-round from Christmas Lights Etc. Cover the hula hoop with lace or ribbon, then wrap it with icicle lights that hang from the rim. Hang your makeshift chandelier from your porch ceiling to create a unique ambiance when visitors come knocking. As long as you have a ceiling and ready access to a dollar store, one of your least expensive household decorations can also be your most striking.
Or consider creating a chandelier of another kind – a wine glass chandelier. By adding makeshift lampshades to wineglasses, you can create inexpensive miniature chandeliers for any table, a simple and quick project perfect for adding ambiance to your garden. Because you won’t need electricity, you can add these wine glass chandeliers wherever you want. Just grab a sheet of vellum and a wine glass, and let your artistic side take over.
By painting planters in phosphorescent paint, you can create an exceptional nighttime view in your garden or yard. Glow-in-the-dark-paints come in a variety of colors and strengths, allowing you to set the perfect mood no matter your taste. Be sure to apply several coats of paint to ensure a thick, even coat that will give off a strong glow at night.
Some planters actually glow because they have lights inside of them. These vibrant pots come in a variety of colours that can light your yard beautifully at night. If you don’t mind adding a little bit to your electricity bill, such planters might add the touch you’re looking for.
Most do-it-yourself outdoor lighting ideas are inexpensive and enjoyable projects and are easy to implement. Welcome guests to your home, yard and garden by night as well as by day with your new homemade lighting!