When the warmer seasons come around, most of us like to spend some evenings (or most!) lounging in our yards and gardens. Having good outdoor lighting can make your outdoor space a usable and enjoyable spot to visit with loved ones, have a late snack, or sip a good glass of red. Try these backyard lighting ideas and tutorials to get your yard in shape for when the sun goes down! Our feature photo below is a gorgeous backyard globe light set up by ‘Willow Jade Floral‘ in L.A. If I could have my whole yard look just like this!




Make these geometric light columns with this tutorial from ‘Martha’. This uses just three simple materials, and would be great for a graduation or Fourth of July party!



From ‘House of Fifty’ magazine, make mason jar candle lanterns! These are easy, and who doesn’t love mason jars!



Another version of a mason jar lantern, these we found on Pinterest, but can’t find the original source. Please share if you know where these are from! We really like how they look hanging against the wood fence. It makes for a really pretty look, but if you do this, consider using LED candles instead.



This outdoor lighted cube table is a woodworking tutorial from ‘Lowes’… This would make additional lighting in your patio area unnecessary!

Backyard Lighting Ideas


A great idea from ‘Sunset‘… hang tea light lanterns from different heights as an outdoor chandelier…



Robin at ‘All Things Heart and Home’ has a tutorial for her easy DIY outdoor chandelier made from grapevine balls! Love this project!



Ok, these are just cool. These are cracked log lamps made by artist Duncan Meerding, via ‘Recycled Interiors’. You have to go check out how he makes these! I would love these all through a woodland garden! Fairy garden!



Love the idea of string lights, but want to make it really amazing? Just use this photo from ‘Fondly Forever‘ to inspire you!



Use uplighting to brighten dark corners or to light focal plantings at night. Photo by Laura Joliet for ‘The NY Times‘.



Try lighting the pass through areas between yards to add dimension to your outdoor space. Photo by ‘Martha‘.



Ok, last we have these moonlight globes from ‘Home Infatuation’… These. Are. Cool. Not cheap, but amazingly cool! They can float, or be mounted, and can be recharged over and over.



12 Inspiring Backyard Lighting Ideas

Image Credits: Laura Joilet/ NY Times, Willow Jade Floral, Martha, House of Fifty, Pinterest, Lowes, Sunset, All Things Heart and Home, Recycled Interiors, Fondly Forever, Martha, Home Infatuation



  1. Tante Mali June 27, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Amazing ideas!!! Love the wood block!!! Looks absolutely adorable.
    Thank you for sharing

  2. Ian Mcgregor November 21, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Superb ideas. Moonlight globes and Cracked log lamps are so unique. Thanks for such a nice post.

  3. Petunia Evans March 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I have never seen “geometric light columns” before, but I really like them! I also like the “outdoor lighted cube table” just as much. I think that these lighting ideas will make my next house party a real hit! Thanks for this inspiration!

  4. Robbie Nevens May 19, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Great post Kathy. These lamps on the second picture, do the wires go through ground?

  5. Matthew Brandt March 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Amazing ideas Kathy! I love the mason jar candle lanterns, and will definitely be trying out the DIY outdoor chandelier made from grapevine balls this summer. Thank you so much for sharing!


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