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49 DIY Garden Lighting Ideas That Everyone Can Make

In this article, we will teach you how to create wonderful garden lighting ideas that vary from candles, LEDs, lanterns, chandeliers, wall lights, pendants, and more that will match and fit your landscape design.

Are you the kind of person who likes DIY? Do you consider yourself someone who doesn’t like to own products that are easy to find, and can be seen anywhere? Well, you are not alone!

Why spend hundreds of dollars on a product when you can create something similar or using references from the products you are interested in, and make it unique?

Follow this guide, and let’s create wonderful designs together!

7 Candle Light Ideas For The Garden

In this section, you will find 7 amazing ideas for garden candle lights. Create your own, use your creativity and mix and match with your landscape.

1. Stained Mason Jar

stained mason jars with tissue paper
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This beautiful and artsy Stained Mason Jar must be your next Candle Light! Easy to make and will fit like a glove on a backyard ambiance with elements such as a deck, cozy sofas, a tent, and tree branches.

Get your friends together and have a candlelit dinner party!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 You can use a mason jar or any glass jar that you have or like best

Step 2 Choose the pattern that you like: geometric, mix and match, abstract. Your choice!

Step 3 Use tissue paper to achieve the stained look

Step 4 Use candles to illuminate and create amazing patterns with the light.

2. Whisk Lantern

whisk lanterns with candles
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Having an outdoor dinner party?

This beautiful candle lantern will brighten up your space! Easy to make, cheap, and it will create an incredible fairy light atmosphere. Match with a tent with transparent curtains, and a colorful table cloth. 

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Choose the color of your whisk. The one that matches the best your ambiance. Gold, Silver, Black, or even bright colors: it is up to you!

Step 2Choose a ribbon, and place it on the top of the whisk.

Step 3A transparent thread can be used to hang the lamp.

Step 4Place your candle in the middle of the whisk, and you are done!

3. Cork Candle Light

jar filled with corks and a candle light on top
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Going for a more rustic style? This wine cork candlelight holder will fit perfectly in your ambiance! 

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1For this project, you will need a big glass vase or mason jar.

Step 2 Fill the vase with wine corks 

Step 3Place your candle on top and voila! You’ll have a beautiful garden lamp.

4. Coffee Beams Candlelight

glass jars filled with a candle and coffee beans

Are you a coffee enthusiast? If so, this is the perfect lamp for you!

Choose an amazing smelling candle, a glass bowl, your favorite coffee beans, and match with a cozy table cloth.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Place your coffee beans inside a deep jar

Step 2Decorate the outside of the jar according to your taste

Step 3Place your candle amid the coffee beans.

Easy and amazing!

5. Floating Candle Holder

glass filled with floating candles
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Want to give a special effect to an outside event? This floating candle holder is the perfect way to do so! 

Adding different elements for different special occasions is the key. Rose petals for a romantic getaway, or red and white Christmas balls for end of the year festivities. 

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Fill your glass with normal temperature water

Step 2Add your chosen decoration

Step 3Add the floating candles.


6. Painted Cans

colorful painted aluminum cans
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A big fan of Rustic and charming decorations? In that case, we have the perfect lamp for your garden!

Easy to make, and it will give an amazing style to your ambiance. Match it with the outdoors, put it near a firepit, for a more intimate afternoon.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Separate the cans you are going to need.

Step 2Make holes in the cans

Step 3Paint the cans with the colors you prefer

Step 4Place your candle inside.

As easy as it comes! And you will have an amazing shadow pattern on the surfaces around the candle.

7. Birdbath

birdbath filled with floating candles
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A beautiful and elegant way to present your outdoor candles. And you can DIY this very easily.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Fill your birdbath with water

Step 2Add your floating candles.

Could it be any easier??

7 LED String Ideas For The Garden

LED lamps are some of the most sold ones in the market right now. Why? They last a very long time, and they are environmentally friendly.

Here are 7 ideas to create amazing items knowing you are helping the environment.

8. Firefly Mason Jars

mason jars filled with fairly lights
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These amazing, stylish, and easy to DIY mason jars will create a great environment on your backyard or balcony. They give a cozy feeling into any space.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Place your fairy lights inside the mason jar

Step 2Turn your fairy lights on

Step 3Close the lid

Step 4Make a knot on the jar using the string

Step 5Hang your mason jar on your place of choice and have fun!

9. Fall Leaves String Lights

colorful leaves with LED string lights
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Colorful leaves are falling from trees outside, and you want to take advantage of the amazing ambiance? This will be the perfect lighting for you!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Add every leaf between two sheets of wax paper and iron afterward until the leaves are coated enough.

Step 2Once the leaves are prepared, use the glue to attach the leaves in front of the string lights.

Step 3Hang your lights, turn it on and enjoy!

10. Bottled String Lights

LED string lights inside glass bottles
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Have some leftover bottles from last night? Let’s clean them up and give some use to them!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Take off the cork and add the fairy lights inside the bottle.

Step 2Turn on the fairy lights, and close the bottle.

Step 3Make a knot with wire on the top of the bottle

Step 4Hang on your backyard and match with an amazing rustic ambiance!

11. Rustic String Lights

LED string lights above a wooden garden table
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Oh, Christmas! What a wonderful time! Snow, friends, family and a lot of presents, decorations, and food. This next ambiance will look amazing with a Christmas look. 

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Measure the size of the table you want to place the lights on top. You will need to use higher branches.

Step 2Place your branches inside a cement vase, and fill with cement. Wait for it to dry.

Step 3After it dried, place your fairy lights from one branch to the other.


12. Flameless Firepit With String Lights

flameless firepit with LED string lights
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Do you want the cozy ambiance that only a firepit can create, but without actual fire? This comfy flameless firepit idea is the best way to achieve it!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Place your rocks in a circle, you can choose the diameter you prefer, it all depends on how big you want it to be.

Step 2Place the string lights in the center of the circle.

Step 3Place your branches around it, making sure they all combine with one another on the top.

Now, bring chairs, pillows, marshmallows, and wine, it’s time for a cozy party!

13. Hula Hoop String Lights

hanging hula hoop with attached LED string lights
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An original idea, easy to bring to life for a fashion and trendy chandelier.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Cover your hula hoop with a paper that can get wet.

Step 2Pass your vegetation around the hula hoop, making sure you keep them together with a wire.

Step 3Pass your string lights around

Step 4Place the wire on the edges and hang.

It will go perfectly with a modern and minimal style!

14. Seashell String Lights

LED string lights inside seashells
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Going for a beach theme? Nothing better than seashell string lights to mix and match on your ambiance. Light colors, sand, and blue tones will match perfectly.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Glue your seashells facing each other with the led bulb in the middle

Step 2Apply to your ambiance and turn on the lights!

Beautiful and elegant!

7 Lantern Ideas For The Garden

Want to create a cozier atmosphere in your yard? Lanterns are ideal for that. They can create an amazing mood and match perfectly a rustic ambiance.

Check out these 7 ideas.

15. Paper Bag Lantern

candles inside paper bags
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Creating a fun outdoor ambiance? This next lamp will match your space and bring the light needed for a night out on the patio.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Take your paper bags and create the pattern you wish to have on the lantern. Use your creativity!

Step 2Add a small candle inside.

16. Glow Stick Lantern

mason jars filled with glow sticks
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In a party mood? No worries, we have the perfect light for your outdoor party!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Crack your glow stick and add 2 in each mason jar

Step 2Fill the jar with water and close the lid.

It lasts up to five days!

17. Frosted Garden Lantern

frosted glass mason jar with a candle
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This lamp will bring elegance and charm into your garden. Add some of them outdoors and have a blast enjoying this great source of light.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Paint your mason jar with frosted glass spray

Step 2Add sand inside the jar

Step 3Place the wire around the top of the mason jar and fix it in a way that can be hung.

Step 4Fix your candle inside, and light it up!

18. Cheese Grater Lantern

candle inside an old cheese grater
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Amazing and definitely different! This is proof that you can create something with absolutely everything!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Place the candle inside the cheese grater 

Step 2If you want to hang it you can use thread

Step 3Enjoy!

19. Clothes Pegs Lantern

clothes pegs candle lanterns
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You probably have more than a few of those at home! You are probably not using them all, so let’s create something!

The wood of the clothes pegs, and the light of the candle creates a very cozy ambiance.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Open the clothes pegs and put them around the glass

Step 2Place the smaller glass inside the bigger glass

Step 3 Place your candle inside the smaller glass and light it up!

20. Halloween Lantern

jars with Halloween vinyl stickers and candles
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The spookiest time of the year! Create some DIY lanterns and make your outdoors as scary as ever!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Spray paint the outside of your jars. Wait for it to dry.

Step 2After dried, glue your vinyl Halloween stickers

Step 3 Place your candle or your fairy lights inside.

Spooky enough??

21. Mason Jars Hang Lanterns

hanging jars filled with pebbles and candles
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Mason Jars are the trend of the moment, and there are so many different ways to use them with candles and fairy lights.

This next one its elegant, modern, and simply fabulous!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Open your mason jar and add some beans on the bottom. Instead of beams, you can use white pebbles, coffee beans: it is up to you!

Step 2Place your candle inside and light it up.

Step 3 Make a hole on the top

Step 4 Close your jars and hang on nails on your fence.

7 Landscape Ideas For The Garden

Thinking about re-doing your landscape?

Remember, lighting design is a big part of the WOW factor that you probably want to create. DIY your lamps and create a totally different atmosphere from everything seen before.

22. Glowing walkaway

glowing walkaway in the dark
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Besides having wonderful lamps, landscape design also is a great deal in gardens, backyards, or balconies.

This glowing walkaway will create a modern and elegant style for your ambiance.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Using the glow in the dark paint, paint your pebbles to make them glow at night. It is a fairly easy process. Every paint has its own techniques. Make sure to follow them properly!

23. Branch Light

branch with a pendant light
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For this project, creativity is the key, or better yet, personal taste is everything! Find a pendant light that you like on a second-hand shop and get your hands dirty!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Dig an 18-inch hole in the garden and sink the branch’s end into it. 

Step 2Fill the hole with soil and pebbles. Water it afterward to make sure there are no gaps, and that the structure is secure!

Step 3Choose your pendant light and the light bulb of your choice. I recommend fairy lights to give your space a magical touch.

24. Wine Bottle Torch Lamp

wine bottle torch lamps
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Another great use of wine bottles is a torch lamp! It will look stunning in your backyard or patio.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Remove the wine labels, and wash the bottles

Step 2Wrap tape around the coupling (you can find in a hardware store)

Step 3Insert the wick into a coupling

Step 4Add around 4 inches of glass beads in the bottle

Step 5Using a funnel, add fuel inside the bottle, don’t overfill!

Step 6Insert the wick on the top and press to make a tight seal at the top.


Amazing, right??

25. Glass Globes

fairly lights inside glass globes
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This particular project looks very fancy and expensive. It is easy to make, and it will complete the landscape of your yard.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1Place your glass globes in your yard, and fill them with fairy lights.

Impossible to make it easier, right?? 

For a more charming look, add them close to plants and trees, the shade is going to look amazing.

26. Colorful Jars

colorful jars with candles inside
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Create a walk away with colorful jars and candles! They look amazing and will be the wow factor your yard needs.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Simply place the candles inside the colorful jars, and check the amazing effect the color will give to the environment.

27. Outdoor Light Poles

wood pols with string lights
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Want lights all around your seating area? We have the perfect idea for you!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Dig in your yard and make holes on the diameter of your poles

Step 2 Fit your poles on the holes, and make sure they fit perfectly if not, fill them with dirt and pebbles.

Step 3 Pass your lights strings or fairy lights around the poles and enjoy!

You will create a very cozy area with a couch or with a table.


28. Log Outdoor Lights

wooden logs with yellow fairly lights inside
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This amazing idea will bring light into your yard and a rustic touch!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 The easiest way to make it is to carve a hole in the bottom of the log and add your lamp inside!

7 Wall Light Ideas For The Garden

Sconces help illuminate your yard and bring the design vertically, instead of only horizontally.

Interested? Check these ideas out.

29. Rustic Wall Sconce

wall hanging jars with candles
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This amazing rustic look can be used indoors and outdoors, for a front of the house look, or for a backyard illumination.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Cut your wood planks on the size that you wish, usually bigger than the mason jar, to give a nice look.

Step 2Make a hole in the wall, and fit your wood plank with a hook.

Step 3Hang your mason jar!

30. Light Bulb Look

light bulb on a wall hook
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This minimal look can be achieved very easily, the DIY takes probably 10 minutes, and the look will last forever!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix your hook into the wall, and hang your light bulb!

31. Lids Light

kitchen lids on a wall plank with candles
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Creative, and it gives an organized look! Leave it with the wood rustic color or paint it on the color that matches your ambiance.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix your wood plank on the wall with screws

Step 2 Using screws fix the lids in different heights 

Step 3 Place your candles on top of the lids and light them up.

32. Ladder Style

ladder with fairly lights
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Another amazing trend is placing lights on a ladder, it looks amazing for an indoor or outdoor look.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Place your ladder near a wall, in an angle in which the ladder won’t fall.

Step 2Place your fairy light around the ladder and light them up.

You can also use kitchen lids to place your plants!

33. Bottles And Jars Fence Light

bottles and jars on hooks with candles inside

Have a fence that needs an upgrade? Perfect idea!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 For a bottle look, better if the bottle doesn’t have a bottom. So, you can fit the candle holder properly. For the jar look, fir the candle inside and hang on the hook!

34. Tap Look

tap with a light bulb
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For this look, a little knowledge of electricity is necessary. You need to pass the cables through the tap and connect. Not so easy, but worth it!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix your tap to the wall

Step 2 Pass the cables through the tap 

Step 3 Connect your light bulb.

For this look, make sure you know what you are doing, it is a bit complicated!

35. Wooden Mosaic

squares of wood with LED strip
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This amazing mosaic look is easily done, and the final result is incredible! A source of indirect light to give a cozy sensation.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix the large piece of wood on the wall with the help of a drill and screws

Step 2 Fix the smaller pieces of wood around the back piece using a drill and screws.

Step 3Place your lights around the smaller pieces of wood and light them up!

7 Chandelier Ideas For The Garden

Nothing better than bringing a touch of class into your space. Those awesome chandelier ideas will help create depth into your space and bring amazing lighting solutions.

36. Candle Chandelier

hanging rectangular chandelier with candles

This wonderful, rustic, and classy idea will bring a lot of light into your outdoor space! It brings a cozy feel and creates a comfortable atmosphere.

Hang on your pergola, and have a great meal outdoors on candlelight.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Draw a rectangular shape inside your piece of wood.

Step 2Cut the middle of your wood piece. That can be cut with a hand saw, circular saw, or you can buy already cut.

Step 3 Place your hooks on the edges of your wood

Step 4Fit the chain on the hooks


Place a hook on the bottom of your pergola, and fit the chain attached to the chandelier.

After that, place your candles on the chandelier and light them up.

37. Wire Basket Chandelier

hanging wire basket with candles
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Thinking about having a picnic or a coffee outside? This chandelier will match beautifully with nature!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Take your rope and tie 3 knots around the wire basket.

Step 2 Hand your wire basket on a tree or pergola with another knot

Step 3 Place moss on the bottom of the wire, for decoration purposes

Step 4 Place your candles inside the wire basket.


38. Christmas Chandelier

hanging wicker basket with fairly lights
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Holidays, the best time of the year. Perfect to put your creativity to work! Follow this next chandelier for an amazing jolly outcome.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Hook your metal chain into the wicker basket

Step 2 Place a hook on the bottom of your pergola

Step 3Fit your chain on the hook of the pergola

Step 4 Place fairy lights outside and inside your basket. You can also place Christmas decorations inside.

Merry Xmas!

39. Branches Chandelier

hanging branch with jars filled with candle lights
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This amazing rustic look branch chandelier will bring such a statement to your space, it is unbelievable!

It can be matched with a contemporary space, using colors such as white, beige, and one strong color to catch the eye. I would choose mint!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 First, place your rope around the mason jar, making a knot and leaving enough rope to hang.

Step 2 Take your branch, place a hook on the top, and fit the chain on the hook.

Step 3Place a hook on the ceiling to fit the branch chain.

Step 4 Take your mason jars with the rope attached to it and make a knot around the branch.

Step 5Put the candles inside the mason jar, and you are ready to go!

40. Bike Wheel Fairy Lights

hanging bike wheel with fairly lights
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As a lover of cycling, this idea caught my attention, amazing and modern.

For this example, a Christmas feel was added, but don’t hesitate to create an industrial or modern feel with different bike wheels.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fit the hook on your ceiling

Step 2Make a knot in different spots to support the bike wheel

Step 3Place the fairy lights around the bike wheel

Step 4Fit the top of the rope on your ceiling hook.

Done! Amazing decoration with simple materials.

41. Wood Plank Mason Jar Chandelier

hanging wood plank with mason jars filled with candle lights
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Amazing if you have a long table that you want to illuminate, of only for decorative purposes. Rustic look from the wood, and from the candles.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Cut your wood plank according to how many mason jars you want to fit.

Tip – Draft the diameter of the mason jar top before cutting.

Step 2Make 4 small holes on the wood plank. 2 on the left, 2 on the right. This is where the rope will be fitted in.

Step 3 Fit in the rope and make a big enough knot, making sure it won’t scape.

Step 4 Pass the top of your rope around the pergola, making sure the edges match and make a knot.

Step 5 Place your mason jars inside the holes.

Step 6 Light up your candles and place them inside the mason jar.

42. Barn Ladder Chandelier

hanging wooden ladder with fairly lights
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Going for a more farmhouse style? This barn ladder chandelier will fit perfectly into your home (or outside!)

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 With 2 pieces of rope of the same dimension, tie a knot with both edges in different parts of the step (right and left).

Step 2Fit your hooks on the ceiling. Here, you are going to need 2 big hooks to hold firmly.

Step 3Fit the top of the rope on the ceiling hooks. Make sure they are holding it properly; we don’t want it to fall.

Step 4Entangle your fairy lights or light bulb wire around the ladder.

Light up, and have a blast!

7 Pendant Light Ideas For The Garden

7 ideas of pendant lights to bring light into your space. These pendants are easy to make, and will create an amazing atmosphere!

43. Concrete Pendant Light

hanging concrete vases with fairly lights
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Getting a bit more minimal? Have some concrete vases that are not being used? Transform into an awesome pendant light!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Take your concrete vase and make a small hole under it. This is where your first hook is going to go.

Step 2 Make a little hole on the ceiling. This is where your second hook is going to go.

Step 3 Take the rope and pass around the vase a few times, next make a knot with the same rope on the top of the hook.

Step 4Time to hang – Take the tip of the rope and place it on the ceiling hook. Make a tight knot to ensure it won’t scape.

Step 5With some tape or glue, place your fairy lights inside the vase and turn them on.

44. Branch Pendant Light

concrete vases hanging on a curved branch
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This one is very easy! Choose a pendant light that interests you and create a new and different use for it.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Take your curved branch and place it inside the concrete vase.

Step 2 Fill the vase with cement and wait for it to dry.

Step 3 Pass your pendant hangers around the branch until it reaches a plug.

Turn it on, and you have an awesome contemporary decoration!

45. Can Pendant Light

hanging can chandelier with light bulbs
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This DIY comes pretty much done! Besides easy, the final look will match perfectly any ambient you want, it only depends on the color you paint.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Make a small hole on the bottom of your can, ensure that the hole is big enough to pass the lamp wire.

Step 2Paint your can in the color of your choice.

Step 3 Wait for it to dry

Step 4 Place your light bulb inside the can and fit on the lamp socket.

Step 5 Hang on your ceiling hook.

46. Succulent Garden With Chandelier

hanging garden mason jars with lid

2 amazing garden things in one! Do you have an outdoors hung vase? Yes? Perfect, this idea it’s going to be easy then!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Make a small hole on the bottom of your planter to fit the hook.

Step 2Place the candle inside your mason jar

Step 3Close the lid and hang on the planter hook.

How awesome is this rustic – modern look?

47. Hanging Planter Chandelier

old hanging planter with fairly lights
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Another great idea with great use, have an old planter that is not being used? Turn into an amazing Chandelier!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fill your hang planter with fairy lights, and place somewhere nice! Literally, that’s it!

48. Wood Plank Chandelier

a hanging wood plank with glass jars and candles
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What an amazing idea! Place your candles and vases on this awesome chandelier.

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix 4 hooks on the bottom of the pergola

Step 2 Make 4 holes on your wood plank, and fix your hooks

Step 3 Fit the chain on the pergola hook and on the plank hooks, making sure it balances perfectly.

Step 4 Place your plants and use the glass jar to place the candles inside.

Invite your friends and have a great time!

49. Moss And Fairy Lights

hanging moss chandelier with fairly lights
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Awesome idea, and great combination, green and yellow lights. Bring the cozy to all of your space!

What Do I Need?

How To Make It?

Step 1 Fix the moss around the circular shape, and add the fairy lights.

Step 2Place the hooks on the ceiling (you can check how many you need according to the size of the circular shape material)

Step 3Place the hooks on your circular material

Step 4 Use the thread, and fit it on the hooks.

I hope you like it!


There are DIY garden lighting ideas for all tastes, you just have to commit to some styles and choose the best one that matches your space!

Hoping you like this DIY guide, have fun creating your own pieces!

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Caroline Martins

Caroline Martins

My specialty is sustainable and high-end interiors: an elegant and greener way to look at design. My style reflects yours: my mantra is to be your guide to transform your mental image in reality. And if you are looking for inspiration, some of my favorites styles are minimalist, Scandinavian, and modern.

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