If you are an outdoor lover like me, you will most likely be inspired by many of these enchanting yet super easy DIY outdoor lighting ideas for patios, porches, backyard parties, and more!
Outdoor lights are one of my favorite things ever: they create the perfect settings for dinners with loved ones and happy moments under the stars.
Most of these DIY outdoor lighting ideas take less than 1 hour to make, using very simple and easy to find materials. See how you can incorporate anything from string lights, solar lights, mason jars and tin cans to create beautiful backyard patio lighting and porch lighting easily!
Here’s a slideshow of some of the lights we will be exploring! ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
1, 2. DIY outdoor lighting ideas for patios and walkways
These beautiful string lights / globe lights are perfect for patio lighting and backyard party lighting! You can attach them to walls, eaves, or tree branches. You can also place wooden poles or branches in buckets of sand, or make a few permanent poles set in concrete to hang these outdoor lights. ( Source 1 | 2 )
3. Backyard lighting with mason jar oil candles
These easy DIY lanterns make great patio or porch lights, or as decorative lighting for a backyard party! Add botanical clippings, water, and a little bit of vegetable oil to a mason jar, now we have an instant oil candle! You can also add essential oils to repel mosquitoes. Easy enough, right? The magic wick is the secret. Tutorial here.
4, 5, 6. Easy DIY solar Outdoor lighting ideas, aka DIY Sun Jars!
Solar outdoor lights are really easy to work with! First you will need solar mason jar lid inserts or hack a few solar path lights. Glue or tape them to the inside of a glass jar, and let the sun do its work.
It is easy to add colors or patterns. If you want to tint mason jars or other glass jars, add 9 drops of food coloring and 1 teaspoon water to every tablespoon of Mod Podge or other good quality craft glue , mix and coat the inside of each jar. Bake at 200 Fahrenheit for 1 hour.
7, 8. Magical backyard lighting with tea lights.
Waterproof tea candles floating in a water-filled birdbath makes you feel like being in a tropical resort. Place some LED tea lights inside these easy-to-make paper lanterns, now we have an enchanting walkway through the garden . ( Source 7 | 8 ) .