15 brilliant ways to light up your backyard summer bash

Wednesday Jan 18th, 2017


Dazzle your party guests with these 15 ingenious backyard lighting ideas.

Cracked log lamp



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These spectacular lights created by Duncan Meerding shine through cracks in the wood, creating an enchanting, natural-looking effect. Use it as a stool, table, footrest or simply let it light up your backyard as an artful decor piece.

Rope light



Line your walkways, staircase banisters, deck or pool with an uber-long rope light. Not only will it look amazing, but will help your guests navigate their way around in the dark without tripping!

Ping pong ball string lights


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Who needs beer pong when you can use your ping pong balls for these awesome lights instead? Get crafty and make this simple DIY for a modular decor staple.

LED orbs


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These magical orbs will look spellbinding in a pool or simply scattered around the garden. They come in several colors to accommodate any palette or style.

Fairy berries


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Sprinkle these little glowing balls around your backyard to give it a fairy forest makeover.

Glow-in-the-dark paint jars


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Get this galactic effect by flicking specks of glow-in-the-dark paint onto mason jars. Better yet, turn your get-together into a paint party for a colorful twist on the average summer bash (just make sure to tell your guests to come in shabby clothes beforehand!).

Tin can lights


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No need to buy fancy candle holders or vases to light up your refreshments table: simply poke holes in old soup cans and throw in some tealights to create a charming, rustic accessory.

Fairy lights in jars


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The uses for mason jars are quite simply endless. Repurpose your old Christmas lights to make this dazzling backyard accessory!

Solar-powered planters


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These glowing planters are beautiful, useful and eco-friendly to boot! Save on electricity by using solar-powered light sources in your backyard — they gather energy from the sun during the day to give off a warm, welcoming glow at night.

LED cork


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The last thing you’d want for your summer gathering is a bottle of wine lost in the shadows! Make sure your guests know exactly where to find the refreshments with this rechargeable LED cork.

Wine bottle torch


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Once you’ve polished off all the wine, get crafty and repurpose the old bottles for your next dinner party. This DIY uses decorative marbles, a torch wick and tiki fuel to create a colorful (and simple!) centerpiece.

Flower bucket


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Fill a bucket with water, flowers and a candle for a simple summer decor piece. If you can, aim to use a rustic-looking bucket and a variety of colored flowers like the photo above to transform your outdoor space into a charming country retreat (even if all you have is a postage stamp of concrete!).

Clip string lights


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Take polaroids throughout your summer bash and hang them up on these glowing pins for an awesome conversation piece.

LED ice bucket


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Again — it’s key to make sure that all the alcohol at your party is glowing for optimal guest enjoyment. Store your beers, coolers and soda in this LED ice bucket.

Egg carton



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Looking for a decorative spin on regular string lights? Make flowers out of old egg cartons to create a colorful, summer-ready look.

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