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.
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!
I love these little mason jars hanging from mini-shepherd’s 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.
Another hanging mason jar idea, though I can’t find the original source for this photo.
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.
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.
Of course if you have a wider pathway, you could go with a larger path light.
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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