Whether you want to entertain or you are just looking for fun ways to light up your backyard, there are so many cheap and creative ideas that you can explore. However, before you get started on any outdoor landscape lighting ideas, it is important that you first plan what you are going to do, so as to make sure that you get the most appropriate lighting for your needs.
The first thing you need to do is to determine your main purpose for the lighting. Is it to create the right ambience for an event or for a particular time in the evening or is it to illuminate a particularly dark corner in your backyard? You could also be lighting up for security purposes or to mark boundaries along a path that people have to pass through. Knowing the reason as to why you are lighting up will help you choose the most appropriate lighting.
You also need to decide how much money you are willing to spend and how much effort you are prepared to put in. More demanding projects will require more time and more money. Only plan to install 120 volt lights if you are a professional electrician, if you are not, it would be better to install low voltage lighting as this minimizes risk of you electrocuting yourself or causing electrical problems.
Once you have determined all of the above factors, you can then explore some of these creative ways to light up your home.
- Sweet cupcake lights
Create soft lights using cupcake liners as small lamp shades. These lights are only meant for short term use. To get started, buy a packet of cupcake liners. You can find these in supermarkets in the kitchen section. Then buy a strand of small light bulbs, for instance, like the ones used for Christmas decorations.
Then get a sharp knife and make a small cross cut on the bottom of the liner. Then take a bulb out of its socket and slip the socket into the liner then replace the bulb. Once done, hang the lights where you want. Consider using different types of cupcake liners for a creative look. Ensure that the liners do not touch the bulbs.
- Mason jar lights
Get as many mason jars as you need. Paint them using translucent colors, based on your preferences. Drop in tea lights into the jars and place the jars strategically in your backyard where you want them. You can also hang them from a chord fixture to create a cluster of lights.
- Moon Lighting
If your backyard or garden has trees, fix the lights up in the trees, so as to create a moonlight effect. To make the lights look natural, go up 30 to 40 feet, to ensure that the fixtures are out of view. This will illuminate the path, so you will not need to fix path fixtures.
- Hula Hoop Lights
Get a hula hoop and then wrap Christmas lights around it. Hung it up and you will have a hanging chandelier of cute lights. If you want, you can get a ribbon and drape it around the hoop first before you wrap the lights around it, so as to decorate it.