With summer just around the corner, we scoured the internet for easy upcycled lighting projects to give you fun and stylish options for brightening up your backyard barbecues and outdoor parties. From DIY tiki torches to elegant glowing orbs, we list our favorite upcycled outdoor lighting ideas for you try.
Tiki Torch Liquor Bottles
These tiki torch bottles add coastal charm to your summer celebrations, and they’re pretty easy to make! Just ask Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm who created these lovely tiki torches using empty bourbon bottles, tiki torch fluid, and custom torch wicks she found online. For more photos and step-by-step instructions, visit her blog blog here.
Coffee Can Lanterns
There are a lot of ways to upcycle empty coffee cans, but turning them into outdoor lanterns might be our favorite. Kate Pruitt of Design Sponge made these rustic coffee can lanterns using a variety of nails and screws, some clamps, and a ball-peen hammer. She calls this project “inexpensive, fun, simple to make and customize.” Find out how you can make your own DIY coffee can lanterns by visiting her blog here.
Easy Washi Tape Luminaries
For an impromptu barbecue or a last-minute outdoor dinner, nothing can be made easier or quicker than these tabletop luminaries. Using patterned washi tape of different colors and lengths, Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic was able to add a fresh and lively appeal to plain glass votive holders. These luminaries are perfect even for indoor parties and the technique can be applied on old drinking glasses as well. Check out this post for more photos of Kelly’s washi tape projects.
Aluminum Lanterns and Vases
Courtesy of The Ruffled Blog, these stylish DIY lanterns were made using perforated aluminum sheets, wire, and paint. These tabletop lanterns can be made to suit any decorating theme by simply using different styles of metal sheets or used radiator covers, and your choice of color. See the complete photo instructions by visiting this page.
Glowing Outdoor Orbs
Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff turned old string lights and used opaque glass shades into these elegant outdoor lights. These glowing orbs give outdoor spaces an elevated look for next to nothing and can be assembled with minimal DIY skills. Read all about this upcycled summer outdoor lights project here.
Create the perfect ambience for your summer outdoor party while enjoying the art of crafting with these 5 upcycled outdoor lighting ideas. If you have your own easy and creative summer upcycling ideas, share them with us in the comments section below.