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You love spending time outdoors, whether it’s in your backyard or on your front porch. So whether you want to jazz up your backyard or front yard, you want to spice it up. Whether it’s for yourself or your guests, it needs to be appealing. You especially want to impress your guests with your property if you plan on having a summer barbecue. 

However, you are afraid that dressing up your property will cost you an arm and a leg. This is not true. You do not have to spend a lot of money to bring life to your back or front yard. If you want to DIY your outdoor lighting on a budget, the sky is the limit. 

Following are ten straightforward and cheap outdoor lighting ideas that you are sure to love:

Mason Jar Candles with Oil 

If you are having a late-night gathering with a few friends, this DIY outdoor lighting idea will create an intimate setting in your yard. Nevertheless, this idea can also be used to decorate your yard as it is stunning regardless. Take some mason jars, add some botanical clippings, water, as well as a bit of vegetable oil, and mix everything. Last, of all, you will need to light up some candle oil candles on top of the jar to complete this DIY outdoor lighting idea. With your outdoor lighting creation, you can light up as many as you want. They are gorgeous!

Use String Lights 

Here is a cheap and easy way to spice up your yard. First, you need some string or globe lights, which are pretty inexpensive at Home Depot. You can attach them anywhere, such as on tree branches. You can also get concrete blocks and poles and add the poles to the concrete to hang the lights. String lights can be used in various ways and can be turned in several places. If you follow this simple DIY outdoor lighting idea, you won’t spend a lot of money, and it will light up and beautify your yard by itself!

Making Sun Jars at Home

Mason jars are a great choice when it comes to DIY outdoor lighting projects. They’re easy and cheap to use. Here’s another project you’ll love. Collect some mason jars and purchase solar mason jar lid inserts from any retailer, such as Home Depot or Amazon. All you have to do is glue the inserts inside the jars, leave them out in the sun, and then the sun will do the rest. 

Add nine drops of food coloring and one teaspoon of water to each tablespoon of glue to tint them. Then you will want to mix it up and coat the inside of the mason jars, and then place them in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93.3 degrees Celcius for one hour. It will be a masterpiece!

Use Glass Bottles for a DIY Garden Path Light

In this DIY outdoor lighting project idea, you will be making a tiki torch or outdoor path light out of recycled glass bottles. You can make them quickly, put a candle in each, and place them along your way to light it up. You can find a tutorial on how to make light torches from recycled bottles here. It is one of the most creative DIY outdoor lighting projects you can do, and it is easy and cheap as well.

Backyard with Tea Lights

You’ll love this DIY outdoor lighting project, and it’s so easy, too. You can get DIY paper lanterns from any craft store. You can also pour water inside of them, so be sure to do so. You can then place some LED tea lights inside the lanterns.  

The lanterns and tea lights are cheap, so you’ll want a lot of them. When they are lit up during the nighttime, they give the yard a magical look and provide it with that magical feeling. This magical effect on your lawn will impress your guests at an evening party or a late-night barbecue! People will ask you where you got those lights; then you can tell them that you made them yourself, and you can share your secret with them if you wish! The choice is yours!

Recycled Tin Can Outdoor Patio Lights 

You will be able to be as creative as possible with this DIY outdoor lighting idea. Firstly, if you don’t already have any tin cans, you will need to get some. They can be purchased at craft stores, such as Michaels, and once you have the number of tin cans you want to use to decorate your yard, be sure to fill them with water. Freeze them overnight. 

After that, use a hammer and nail to punch designs on the can. For example, a star can be created on the can by punching out holes that make the shape of a star. 

You can make a butterfly or trees if you wish. The number of holes and where to place them will depend on what shape or image you want to create. It is always a good idea to have a picture of the shape or appearance you want to make to follow it to create it ideally. You can then place LED lights or candles inside the cans, and you’ll have a beautiful masterpiece!

Hanging Lamps Made From Scraps 

You can make this DIY outdoor lighting idea with dollar store baskets and chains. Just turn your basket upside down while inserting a chain through the weave, and then tie the chain ends together with a fishing line. If you only intend to have one lamp, get LED lights. The light should be placed upside down inside the basket, and the fishing line should be looped through the hooks on the back of the light to secure it. Now that the lamp is made, you need to hang it by hooking the chain on the bracket. Create two or more of these to beautify your yard!

Wooden Marquee with String Lights 

You will love this idea as well because it is so simple and effective. The only thing you need to do is get some wood and string lights from any craft store. You can glue the pieces of wood together based on the type of shape you want and then attach hooks to the back of the wood so you can hang it on the wooden fence in your backyard, or anywhere else you like. String lights can be added to the wood by gluing them on and lighting them up. Now you have a stylish marquee letter with wood!

Lighting Made With Unconventional Materials

Who says you have to stick to paper or metal? Materials such as wax and ice can be used to create lighting. They allow for endless creativity. For example, a wax lantern can be made by inserting an LED light inside, resulting in a translucent look. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!

Hanging Mason Jar Lights 

Beautiful lights for the backyard. They are also easy to make. All you need are some mason jars and dressed-up ties and strings. Using these jars, place the LED lights inside and then hang them wherever you like. It will give your yard a rustic look that will be pleasing to your guests. 

Using these ten DIY outdoor lighting ideas, you’ll never have to spend an arm and a leg on spicing up your property in the future. Instead, you can jazz up your front or backyard on a budget, and these DIY ideas aren’t complicated either! Have fun!

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