20 outdoor lighting ideas Candles, hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and string lights add magic to evenings outside Candlelit glow Get the glow: Campania birdbath available from Potted ($89; 323/665-3801) Float tea candles in a water-filled birdbath to create a mini firepit. On windy days, set tea lights in clear glass votive holders in a dry birdbath so they won’t wobble. Pinterest Outdoor chandelier made of branches More: How to make a rustic outdoor chandelier If your gardening to-do list includes pruning deciduous shrubs and trees, recycling some of the clippings to make a twinkling natural chandelier. Solar lanterns Video: Hanging solar lanterns An evening in the garden is more festive when these colorful lanterns turn themselves on. A 10-inch-diameter globe of durable nylon, the Soji Solar Lantern contains a small photovoltaic panel, a rechargeable battery, and two LED lightbulbs. When darkness falls, a built-in sensor turns on the lights, which glow for up to eight hours. The lantern comes in five colors, hangs from sturdy stainless steel handles, and collapses for storage. $16; Allsop Home and Garden, 866/425-5767. Readymade chandelier For this small dining area, a simple candle chandelier from Ikea is more functional than pillar candles. Summer lights In his backyard ramada in Scottsdale, Arizona, artist Jeff Zischke houses candles in antique carriage lamps and ordinary mason jars; he supplements their glow with low-voltage lamps."There’s still no substitute for candlelight," he says. "That flickering glow just draws people in like moths." Turn a wire basket into a chandelier More: Make an outdoor changelier Add a touch of romance to your garden or patio with a wire basket, canning jars tea lights, and crystals. Exotic lights At dusk, Richard Holden and Sandra Moll switch on the lights in their San Jose backyard, instantly transforming the tranquil garden into paradise. Read: Full story Chinese lanterns stuffed with sparkling white lights dangle from arbors. A large dining patio radiates a warm glow from the back of the garden. And a dramatic fiery orange light bathes an ancient-looking wall relief. Cluster luminarias More: South-of-the-border style inspires a California garden Tin luminarias look as good during the day as they do when lit at night. They’re available by mail from Tin-Art New Mexico FolkArt by Celeste (505/345-7231). Eclectic chandelier More: South-of-the-border style inspires a California garden For a festive ambience, hang little white string lights from arbors or suspend an outdoor chandelier over a patio table. This one was made by hanging vintage canning jars, beads, and toys from a wagon wheel. Party umbrella Dress up a few lanterns with ribbon, add some sunny fabric, and your plain canvas umbrella is ready to party. Do it yourself: Get the how-to The decorations aren't permanent, so you can change the colors anytime you wish. Tap-light luminarias Put your own spin on the classic luminaria using battery-run tap lights. These simple fixtures ― flat, battery-operated lights that turn on when tapped on top ― are sold in packages of six for about $20 at hardware stores and general merchandise stores. Add your own embellishment by wrapping a piece of translucent rice paper around the base and taping the ends of the paper together with double-sided tape to form a cylinder. Mood lighting More: Design an affordable backyard Bali Hanging lanterns that hold candles illuminate without the expense of wiring. Tall candlesticks, set on the ground, add romance in the evening. July 4 decorating ideas Secret garden night lights Eden Rodriguez, owner of End Design in Santa Rosa and Mill Valley, places garden stake lights or a small battery-operated camping lantern under tablecloths. To hide an electrical cord, she parts the grass, tucks in the cord, and stakes it with a U-shaped piece of wire. If you're using electric lights, keep fabric 2 feet from the bulb. For extra shine, you can create a table covering from brightly colored ― and inexpensive taffeta. Use fusing tape to secure panels together and tuck unhemmed edges underneath. Tropical lighting Read: Full story In keeping with his rear deck's tropical feel, Joe Rivers Altieri strung Christmas lights in bamboo covers from Target under the bamboo awning. Hang fire Create romantic lighting for an outdoor dinner party by suspending votives (we used mini recycled-glass tea light lanterns) at varying heights from low-hanging branches. Use clear fishing line and be sure to keep candles a safe distance from the leaves. Stained glass Cover chandelier lanterns with tissue paper to create a soft glow. Supplies • Ruler • Pencil • Scissors • Tissue paper • Small foam brush • Yasutomo Nori or similar paste • Glass lanterns or jars Step-by-step guide1. Measure and cut tissue paper into desired shapes and sizes (we used long strips for easy application).2. Dip foam brush into paste. Holding a piece of tissue paper against the outsideof the lantern, paint an even coat of paste onto tissue paper and adhere to glass.3. Repeat until lantern is covered. Let dry overnight, then hang. Tip: Keep lanterns away from moisture. White lights For a soft glow at night, wrap tree trunks and branches with strands of white lights. More: Quick winter spruce-ups Define borders by placing small candles in glass holders along mow strips, walls, and walkways. Make star luminarias White bags and vellum stars make festive outdoor lanterns. Use a star stencil and colored vellum to make red and blue stars. Glue them to white paper bags. For beautiful (and safe) illumination, use a small tap light instead of a candle. Buy a showstopper Mood lighting, from rustic to refined (clockwise from top left) Farmhouse-style Rustic wood lantern by Roost (small $56, large $76; velocityartanddesign.com or 866/781-9494) Modern times Luau portable lamp ($198; dwr.com or 800/944-2233) Moroccan nights Scrap-metal Misprint lantern (medium $39, large $59; vivaterra.com or 800/233-6011) On the dot NotNeutral’s Seasonal metal lantern (in black, white, yellow, or persimmon, $50–$180; velocityartanddesign.com or 866/781-9494) Watch: How to set an elegant outdoor party table Video: Sunset style editor Miranda Jones shows how Go ahead ― bring your best stemware, china, and candles outside for an elegant garden dinner.