19 outdoor lighting ideas
Candles, hanging lanterns, chandeliers, and string lights add magic to evenings outside
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Video: Hanging solar lanterns
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.
The decorations aren't permanent, so you can change the colors anytime you wish.
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.
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.
Use clear fishing line and be sure to keep candles a safe distance from the leaves.
• Tissue paper
• Small foam brush
• Yasutomo Nori or similar paste
• Glass lanterns or jars
1. 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.
Define borders by placing small candles in glass holders along mow strips, walls, and walkways.
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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.
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)