Creative Outdoor Lighting


Its summer and that means outdoor parties! You love to entertain and decorate for parties but what about the lighting?

Studio 5 Contributor Tausha Hoyt shares 6 simple and inexpensive do it yourself outdoor lighting projects.

Cleanup in the produce aisle!

Fruit is inexpensive. It’s also a great way to add some fun lighting to your parties. Grab an apple or two, cut out a hole large enough to fit a tea light. Light and enjoy the fruity glow!

Delicate Doily Light

If you are looking for some unique lighting for a wedding, a shower, or any other large event, then you NEED to do this! It’s simple yet fabulous! A delicate doily light! You are going to mod podge your doilies together, pop the balloon and add a simple light kit. Voila-instant oohs and awes!

Outdoor Orbs

Have you always wanted outdoor lighting in your yard, but didn’t want to pay the price? I have a simple, inexpensive solution. Start looking for glass orbs. Think 1985 kitchen light fixture. You can pick these up brand new for under $5, or at the thrift store for around a dollar.

Grab some indoor/outdoor Christmas lights, put them under the glass ball, plug them in (make sure that you hide the extension cord) and now you have the greatest lights on the block. Guaranteed!

To Die for Dixie Cups

You know those cutest little Dixie cups that are perfect for little people? Grab yourself a pack of these, some double stick tape and coordinating scrapbook paper. Dress the Dixie cups up with their own lamp shades. These darling little Dixies are perfect for an outdoor party, holiday décor, craft room, teenage girls room etc.. You get the picture. So cute, you can put them anywhere!

Dollar Store Decorating

Run to the dollar store and pick up a pack of paper doilies. Right now they have some darling sunflower paper doilies. Just push each individual light through the center and you’re done. So simple, yet so chic!

Practically Perfect Pier 1.

I found these darling mini paper lanterns at Pier one for $15 for 10 lights. These little lights are so cute and so simple. I used some fun fabric that I ripped into strips and then tied to the lantern. You could coordinate your fabric with your party theme or just pick some fun, summer prints.

Happy Creating!

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