It’s warming up outside and it’s time to head outside to enjoy the warm weather! Outdoor lighting is one of the best ways to brighten up your outdoor space and make it usable at night.
I’m sharing these gorgeous and easy to duplicate outdoor lighting ideas with you today. I know you can find the perfect backyard lighting for your space.
17+ Gorgeous Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden
Did I mention my mother’s day gift this year was yard work?
I will admit, 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.
Now that it’s done we’ve really been enjoying the new garden in the mornings. We jokingly call it the bird sanctuary as it is “bird-a-palooza” out there all day long!
Light up those warm summer Nights
It would be amazing 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 stargazing, but not so much if you are trying to hang out and have a conversation.) So it is definitely time we come up with a few outdoor lighting ideas to brighten up the backyard in the evening.
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. Isn’t it pretty?
I’ve 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’ve come across a few images and project ideas that are just perfect for our garden and am excited to share these backyard lighting ideas with you!
Our neighborhood has a dark sky light regulation, so make sure to check if you have a similar rule before committing to your lighting fixtures.
Frequently asked Outdoor Lighting Questions:
Dark Sky lights are designed to aim your lighting towards the ground and not up into the sky where it adds to noise pollution and blocks the view of the night sky and stars.
The answer to this question is based on your budget and access to a power source. In our case, we used low voltage up against the house and solar path lights on the paths that are too far away. Of course, if your budget is unlimited you can have low voltage lighting where ever you like.
Are you looking for a lighting idea that will give instant results? Then I will recommend string lights every time. You can plug them in almost everywhere and look amazing in practically every setting!
Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Garden
1. Mason Jars from a Sheppard’s hook.
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 this lighting in a couple of spots around the perimeter and by the stone bench.
2. Premade Mason Jar Lights
Of course, if you are not a DIY-er or just don’t want to make your own outdoor mason jar light, you could always buy premade mason jar lights like these gorgeous ones from Sweet Tea Clothing Co. on Etsy.
4. Hanging Tree Lanterns
If you have a lot of trees in your garden, you can find a ton of hanging lantern ideas. These hanging outdoor garden lanterns are beautiful. I think I have seen very similar lanterns at Hobby Lobby and here on amazon.
5. Hanging Votives
Another hanging mason jar idea, although I recommend using battery-powered tea lights over an open flame.
6. Tin Can Lanterns
If glass votives or mason jars aren’t your thing, you could always follow this Tin Can Lantern Tutorial from Grow Creative.
7. Sun Jars
These little sun jars from Fox and Feather would be perfect soft lighting on my outdoor coffee table.
8. Outdoor Chandelier
This is a great idea for a DIY chandelier. Something like this would be perfect over our door dining set.
9 String Light Wrapped trees
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.
10. Trellis wrapped in Lights
How pretty would a lighted trellis be over our stone bench. See how to make this one over at Kojo Designs.
11. Tiki Torches
Don’t forget about tiki torches. They are inexpensive and look amazing for any outdoor gathering. The best part is you can purchase fuel that is designed to keep mosquitos away!
12. Yard Lanterns
I love the idea of large lanterns strategically placed around the yard. I have several that are very similar to these lanterns that I got from QVC. They have lasted 3+ years and are still going strong.) Amazon has some good-looking solar lanterns as well.
13. Diy Lampshade String Lights
These cupcake liner lights are so darling and creative and would look adorable hanging from the ceiling of the porch!
14. Japanese Lanterns
15. Globe String Lights
We definitely wanted to hang some of the round bulb string lights over the top of the garden. Similar to the photos below. Finally found the perfect outdoor string lights here on Amazon!
16. Paper Bag Lights
These paper bag lights look easy and fun to do:
17. Pathway lights
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.
18. Solar Pathway Lights
Of course, you can’t go wrong with solar pathway lights, these can be found at just about all of the large hardware stores. My current pathway light of choice are these square/modernish-looking pathway lights from Lowes.
19. Rope lights
How cool is this DIY Rope Light Design found over at A Beautiful Mess?
We used these rope lights from Lowes to add lighting to our outdoor patio.
20. Upcycled Globe lights
Here is a great DIY idea to up-cycle your old-style light fixtures:
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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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.