Home Improvement

Jumpstart Your Day: 5 DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas to Try

Give your lanai or garden a charming upgrade with these projects


Tired of the usual hanging lamps and bulbs that you use in the garden? You can try your hand at a few crafts that will surely take outdoor lighting to a new level. You can experiment with different materials such as cupcake wrappers and party hats, too!

Just remember to ask help and consult with your trusted electrician to avoid problems and accidents. He can also give an expert advice when it comes to proper electrical connections.

Source and Photos: Architecture & Design.

Cupcake Lights

Maximize your Christmas lights by using them all-year-round! Simply cut a small X at the bottom of the wrapper, remove the bulb from the socket, slip on the liner, then attach the bulb again. Just a word of caution: make sure that the bulb doesn't touch the wrapper.

This project is not for long-term use given the material of the wrappers. Consider doing this for special parties and get-togethers. Do not leave the lights on and make sure you remove the wrappers as soon as possible once the party is done.

Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Photo by Family Chic.

Hoop Chandelier

Got an old hula hoop at home? Spruce it up with lace or dainty ribbons before carefully wrapping rice lights around it. 

Source and Photo: Sarah on the Blog.

Party Hat Lights

Celebrating a special occasion, soon? Upcycle plain party hats into string lights that will surely light up your celebration! You can even hang your finished project on trees.

Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Source and Photo: Creme de la Craft.

Tin Can Lanterns

Put your old tin cans to good use by recycling them into lanterns. This project involves filling the can with water, freezing it, then punching your personalized design using nails and a hammer. Once done, your lanterns will surely look good in the garden or balcony. You may even use it to light up the path going to the lanai.

Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Source and Photo: Grow Creative.

Basket Lamp

You can easily breathe new life into an old basket at home. Turn it into a chic lamp that you can hang outdoors. This project involves tweaking some lights and electrical connections so you may want to work with your trusted electrician to avoid accidents.

Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Source and Photo: The Art of Doing Stuff.


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