Some of us really look forward to our outdoor Christmas lights each year… to some of us it’s just an obligatory pain. That’s kind of sad, because it gives us a reason to celebrate the outdoors at a time of year when we don’t get out into the garden much. I think those who dread it only feel that way because they haven’t been inspired! Lighting up our neighborhoods with Christmas cheer is a great annual tradition, that should not be missed. Have you ever driven through a community that showed its Christmas cheer in lights? We want to make a bet you left feeling full of the holiday spirit, right? So here are some great DIY outdoor Christmas light ideas to really make you want to celebrate the season!

Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas

Check out these Christmas light up gift boxes you can make with the tutorial from ‘Christmas Lights, Etc.‘! They have a separate tutorial for different lighted boxes depends on where you are going to use them. We like these lighted gifts made of wood frames so they can stand the weather outdoors. But they also have boxes made of plastic sheeting and PVC pipe.

So this Christmas light idea from ‘Lowe’s‘ looks like something you would buy, right? Nope! It’s a DIY outdoor project! These lighted spire trees are perfect to make a magical holiday forest right there in your yard. Made from corrugated plastic and LED lights, this looks amazing! The more, the better!

When I saw these large outdoor Christmas light balls for the first time, all I could think was “wow”. Simple Christmas light ideas using ordinary chicken wire and lights, and such an impact! Find out how to create these Christmas light balls from ‘Christmas Lights Etc‘.

Creative Outdoor Christmas Lights

Love this easy outdoor Christmas light idea from BHG. Mini lights wrapped around grapevine balls. Gorgeous!

Creative Outdoor Christmas Lights

Outdoor Christmas Star Lights

Remodelaholic‘ teaches us how to build a 16 foot tall large Christmas star light for our front yard! This kind of Christmas cheer could even be seen by passing planes! :0

Wanna know how to make these outdoor shooting star lights? From ‘Martha Stewart‘. Love this type of creative outdoor Christmas lighting.

Creative Outdoor Christmas Lights

Love this Christmas lighting idea by ‘Little Bit Funky‘. Find out how they made this giant lighted star for less than $5. I would either use dark paint, or lights with white wires to make it a little neater looking during the day, but whatever you like!

Giant lighted star

More Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas

Another unique Christmas light idea from Martha Stewart. Write a message in lights to share with all who pass by. Here they used LED rope lighting. The rope lighting is secured to a grid of wire wreath forms with heavy-duty cable ties.

Creative Outdoor Christmas Lights

This is a great outdoor Christmas light idea for the patio…fill your hanging baskets with led lights, then push some through to the outside. Fill the basket with some garden goodies! From ‘BHG‘.


Lighted lanterns…just insert led fairy lights into anything clear!


This last one is just plain old good inspiration…old fashioned multi-colored outdoor Christmas lights wrapped around an older bicycle… Charming! From ‘Living the Country Life’.


If you were inspired by these creative outdoor Christmas light ideas, then pop on over to our post on DIY front yard Christmas decorating projects! For an indoor idea, check out our very own DIY Mason Jar Christmas Luminaria at TBD, or Creative Indoor Christmas Light Ideas over at OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Cathy Clark November 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Want to add LED lights to my lanterns for Christmas. How did you hide the battery cases?

  2. Julie Hallowell July 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    where can I get the LED lights for the lighted lanterns in this post? I assume they are either solar or battery operated? They look fabulous and I do have many lanterns that I would love to fill them up with!

    1. Kathy Woodard July 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Any craft store carries these now! Hope that helps!

  3. Marcella December 6, 2016 at 7:47 am

    My fav was the shooting stars! Hubby’s going to do this on each end of the house. I was wondering what to do with those spaces and this is perfect. Thank you!

  4. Heike Struck-Drewello November 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Wonderful ideas. Inspired .Thank you……And a magical pre-Christmas season

  5. Thegiftsguy November 3, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Those are really cool. I love the shooting stars light. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jan December 1, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I want to make the Giant Christmas ball for my yard. I have the chicken wire but I am having major problems molding into a ball shape. There are a lot of videos on how to make these however they are making the smaller balls that hang from trees. Is there a video for the Giant Yard Balls as shown in your pictures above?

    1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I searched “video giant lighted ball” and a few YouTube videos showed up…Hope this helps!

  7. Jessica December 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    oh! I really want to make those big lighted balls! They will look so cute in my yard… now I just need some extra time ….
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