Make decorative outdoor lighting using craft, gardening and recycled materials. Homemade outdoor lighting projects can include luminaries to illuminate a walkway, hanging lights to decorate your garden or painted block lights to emit a colourful, ambient glow. No matter your skill level, you can create outdoor lighting projects to enhance your landscape.
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Glass Block Garden Lights
Create homemade decorative garden lights from glass craft blocks, glass paint and twinkle lights. Painting the outside of the glass blocks is optional, but if you want add colour to your lighting designs, stained glass or regular glass paint will work. To create stained-glass-style lighting, create a design onto the outside of a glass craft block with grey silicone caulk and a caulk gun. After the caulk dries, fill in the spaces with translucent stained glass paint. Omit the caulk designs and cover the glass block with glass paint if you prefer a simpler project. Insert outdoor twinkle lights inside the glass block.
Luminary Walkway/Deck Lights
Make homemade luminaries to line the walkway or deck railing by recycling tin cans. Remove the advertising from the soup cans, coffee cans or other tin cans and clean out the inside. Paint the cans with acrylic or spray paint and trace a pattern onto the outside of the cans, using templates or stencils and a light pencil. Create patterns for a specific season, or to fit with the theme of your outdoor decor. Drill evenly spaced holes along the outlines to make the luminaries. Add tea lights or votive candles inside the homemade luminaries.
Decorative Planter Hanging Lights
A plain plastic planter can make a decorative outdoor hanging light for your garden. Paint the planter, if you like, and lightly create a design onto the outside perimeter. Drill 1/4-inch diameter holes along the design lines, spaced equal to the distance between the light bulbs on a strand of twinkle lights. You'll also need two small holes drilled side-by-side through the bottom of the planter so you can thread a hanger. Insert the light bulbs attached to a twinkle light strand through the holes, from the inside of the planter. Tape the wire to the planter walls with strips of duct tape. Thread fishing line or craft wire through the holes at the top to hang the outdoor lighting.
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