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17+ Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden

Hey Guys, I'm sharing these gorgeous and easy to duplicate Outdoor Lighting Ideas with you today, Enjoy!

17+ Gorgeous and Easy to Duplicate Outdoor Lighting Ideas for your garden or patio.

I think I've mentioned before, my mothers day gift this year was yard work. I definitely got my "money's worth" out of that gift. It took my hubby a couple of weekends to finish the makeover on our little side garden. I pitched in a little when we were shoveling and spreading the rock and choosing plants, but that is about all I did.

We have been enjoying the new garden all summer.  We call it the bird sanctuary for a reason…  It is "bird-a-palooza" out there all day long!  We love having our morning coffee and lunches on the back porch.  (The porch overlooks the garden.)  It would be so nice if we could spend more time out there in the late evening after the day cools off, but right now it is just pitch black out there.  (Which is nice if you are star gazing, but not so much if you are trying to hang out and have a conversation.)

It was really hard to get a good picture of the garden, I may have to go to the upstairs deck to get a full picture.

The neighbors cat seems to enjoy the garden as much as we do, though it may be more for the birds than the company…  (The garden had really filled in by the end of the summer, you can see an updated picture here.)

We have all sorts of wildlife out here.  Our little DIY Bubble Fountain really brings them in.  Hubby snapped this picture through our bedroom window one morning, earlier this summer…

I have spent some time lately browsing and collecting Outdoor Lighting Ideas on Pinterest, Houzz, and Google Images to get inspiration for the hubby’s next project  I have come across a few images and project ideas that are just perfect for our garden and an excited to share them with you!

17 Gorgeous Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the garden.

Check out all these gorgeous ideas and links after the jump!

I love these little mason jars hanging from mini-shepherds hook.  You can get the tutorial and make some for yourself at Finding Home.  I can totally picture something like this in a couple of spots around the perimeter and by the stone bench.

Of course, if you are not a DIY-er or just don't want to make your own, you could always buy premade mason jar lights like these gorgeous ones from Sweet Tea Clothing Co. on Etsy.

If you have a lot of trees in your garden, you can find a ton of hanging lantern ideas.  Like this one from Millie Holloman's Photography blog.  I think I have seen very similar lanterns at Hobby Lobby.

Anther hanging mason jar idea, though I can't find the original source for this photo.

These little suspended votives are just gorgeous.

If glass votives or mason jars aren't your thing, you could always follow this Tin Can Lantern Tutorial from Grow Creative.

These little sun jars from Fox and Feather would be perfect soft lighting on my outdoor coffee table.  

This is a great idea for a DIY chandelier.  Something like this would be perfect over our door dining set.

We have a ton of trees, it would be so gorgeous to wrap a few of them in white rope lights and create a little sitting area.

How pretty would a lighted trellis be over our stone bench.  See how to make this one over at Kojo Designs.

This Tiki Torch Display is so awesome and so doable!

Source: Lowes Creative Ideas

These cupcake liner lights are so darling and creative!

wedding lighting ideas

Or it could be something as simple as Japanese lanterns with battery powered luminaires hung from the trees!

We definitely want to hang some of the round bulb string lights over the top of the garden.  Similar to the photos below.  Finally found the perfect string lights here on Amazon!    *UPDATE* I finally added some of these lights around our fire pit.  You can see them here.

Photo source.

outdoor lighting ideas

Photo source.

These paper bag lights look easy and fun to do:

outdoor lighting ideas for a wedding

I love these pathway lights!  They are the perfect size for our rock stepping stones.

Of course if you have a wider pathway, you could go with a larger path light.

Can't find the original image source for this photo...

How cool is this DIY String Light Design found over at A Beautiful Mess?

Here is a great DIY idea to up-cycle your old-style light fixtures:

I don't have a place for these now, but I love the look of these lighted tables for a party.

How about you?  Do you have any big plans in the works to spruce up your outdoor space?  I'd love to hear from you about your plans

If you are looking for a few more semi-easy outdoor projects you can do yourself, be sure to check these out as well:

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  1. This is such a great round-up of lighting ideas. I seriously love them all and your family of deer! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  2. These are all such adorable ideas, and I'm especially partial to anything in mason jars! Happy to be visiting from Making the World Cuter Monday :)

  3. I loved so many of these great ideas! Can't wait till October when we can again be enjoying the great outdoors on our patio!

  4. These are fantastic! I can't wait to spruce up my backyard with some of these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts.

  5. Love love love twinkle lights....Pinning and following !!!! Christine from

  6. Thanks for sharing our mason jar lights! Wishing you a great week! Take care, Laura

  7. I just received an email from Pinterest stating that they deleted this pin from my board at the request of the content owner. Coming back to your page, I see that you reference the site in your writing, have links to your boards, and the photo that I pinned appears to be formatted for Pinterest. This makes me think that you don't have a problem with your photos being on Pinterest. I wanted to let you know in case someone else was claiming your content. Love your site, by the way.

    1. Thanks Julie!  One of the Etsy shop owners objected to me sharing their photo and shop link. She complained to pinterest that I was stealing her content and pinterest deleted the pin.  I removed her photo and shop link from my post and it should be ok now, in fact I have already re-pinned it.
      Sorry for any confusion and I appreciate the comment...

    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    3. oop, sorry Felicia, I didn't mean to delete that (I should probably turn on the light in my office)... here is her comment:

      its sometimes challenging to sell hand made things online and shop owner definitely doesn't want anyone encouraging others to diy it

  8. Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing these ideas Jamie xoxo Pinned.

  9. wow! wonderful post. their images is very nice. Great ideas , Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks for Extraordinary post.


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