15 Easy DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas

by Beth HunterJuly 10, 2013

Summertime is my favorite season. I love the extended days and outdoor celebrations that last long into the night. To keep the party going outdoors this summer, you need to light the way for your family and guests. I have collected 15 easy DIY outdoor lighting ideas that anyone can replicate.



Give an outdated chandelier new life by removing the existing electrical sockets and spray painting the chandelier in your choice of color. Hang your light on your porch and place wick or LED candles in the place of the electrical sockets. For the full step-by-step tutorial, visit In My Own Style.


In My Own Style

If you have an old pot rack that you are no longer currently using, you may want to think twice before donating it. Upcycle your pot rack into an adorable DIY chandelier. Hang the pot rack from your covered porch or pergola and fill the top with jar candles and plants. I think it would be cute to use the hooks on the pot rack for hanging lanterns. Let your creativity be your guide!


Erin Ever After

Here is another fun upcycling project that involves an old wine bottle and supplies from your local hardware store.  You can click here for the full step-by-step tutorial. I love the idea of adding fuel to the bottles which will also repel mosquitos.


Little House in the Big D

If you want a very quick and easy way to add some ambiance to your outdoor rooms, try wrapping twine around clean jars and spray painting the jars. Remove the twine and then place candles within the jars once the paint is dry. The light will shine through the glass where the twine once was to create a lovely pattern.


The Forge


Stacy Risenmay from Not Just a Housewife created a cute outdoor solar lamp using PVC pipe, a solar light, and a lampshade. If you replicate this project, I recommend using a sunbrella fabric shade on your lamp.


Not Just a Housewife

These outdoor pendant lights were created using plant hangers, solar lights, chain, and baskets from the dollar store. What an easy and creative way to light your backyard living space!


The Art of Doing Stuff

Can you believe this next light by The Shabby Creek Cottage was created using an oatmeal container, concrete, and a solar light? I think these would look great outlining a dark pathway in mod-style.


The Shabby Creek Cottage


Outdoor string lighting can be gussied up to celebrate special occasions—or everyday occasions! Decorate colorful paper bags and secure over your string lighting for a completely different look.


Martha Stewart

Or instead of paper bags, how about using paper cups or cupcake liners over your outdoor string lights to create a festive atmosphere?


Taylor Made


Family Chic

For this next outdoor light, you will need strands of twinkle lights, grapevine balls, a stick, burlap ribbon and an outdoor extension cord. With a little patience, you can make this adorable chandelier. How charming!


All Things Heart and Home

Why keep those icicle lights boxed up all year, when you can use them to create a hoola hoop chandelier? To create this unique light fixture, cover your hoola hoop with fabric, wrap icicle lights around the hoola hoop, and plug into an outdoor extension cord.


Sarah With an H


These next two projects involve a $7 Ikea Hemma indoor/outdoor light set. You can create so many fantastic DIY lights with this inexpensive cord set. In the picture below, Apples of My Eye created a mason jar chandelier for her ourdoor patio by drilling holes in the lids of mason jars.


Apples of My Eye

For a cage-light pendant, you can use the Ikea light secured between two painted, wired planter baskets.


Design Sponge

For more repurposing ideas, and creative lighting ideas be checkout our Decorating section.

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Beth Hunter