Luminaries are an easy DIY lighting project, and can be done with everything form recycled kitchen aluminum cans, to empty paint cans you can pick up at the home improvement store. There are two methods…
- Trace a design on the outside of the can with pencil, or a use a stencil. You can use a drill to drill holes into the can following the pattern. This is best for larger cans.
- For smaller cans, fill with water and freeze. Now while still frozen, use a hammer and nail to punch the pattern into the can. Allow cans to melt, (in a sink or outdoors!) empty and dry.
- Paint with spray paint of your choice, pop in a candle, and there you go!
Pot Rack Chandelier
This one is a pretty easy one if you have an overhead structure or tree. Simply hang an old pot rack (Or an old iron grate, sled, or even a small pallet) from chains and sturdy hooks. Place a variety of potted plants and candles onto the rack. Light the candles. Enjoy a wonderful, or even romantic evening!
Love these garden torches by In My Own Style! They have a great tutorial but short version is that this is a budget friendly lighting project that is way cool, and recycles too! Think about painting them in brights or metallics…
Globe String Lights
Have you noticed those fancy string lights in the stores (even Target) can run $25 for one string? Pick up raffia balls at the dollar store, then string through white holiday lights. Done, for less than a couple bucks!
Finally, from The Art of Doing Stuff is this tutorial on glowing orbs, made for less than $3! Simply find old glass globes from the thrift store (We have a project coming up at TGG that utilizes these, so stock up!) and holiday lights! Love this!
Summer isn’t over ’til it’s over folks! Create a space for your family to spill over into the outdoors well into fall with these easy garden DIY projects.