There is nothing like spending warm summer evenings in the backyard. Whether you are relaxing with friends and family or alone listening to nature, there is no need to sit in the dark. Use light strings, candles, chandeliers, and lanterns to softly illuminate the area, creating a cozy ambiance. Turning your garden into a welcoming area during the evening is not difficult to do if you follow these tips.
Step 1: Purchase solar lanterns and hang them from tree branches in the yard. These lanterns use photovoltaic panels to charge batteries that light the LED light bulbs when onboard sensors indicate that evening has arrived. A less eco-friendly version uses a manually-operated battery and LED light.
Step 2: Purchase an outdoor candle chandelier and install it above the outdoor seating or dining area.
Step 3: Turn a birdbath into a miniature fire pit by floating tea light candles in the water. When conditions are windy, place each tea light into a votive holder before floating in the water so the wind will not extinguish the flames.
Step 4: If you have a slatted overhang or tree cover, put candles into mason jars, wrap wire around the jar rims, and hook the wire around the slats or on sturdy tree branches.
Step 5: Fill wire Chinese lanterns with strings of battery-operated lights and hang the lanterns on shepherd’s hooks around the yard.
Step 6: Convert a wire basket to a chandelier. Purchase crystals from the craft store and attach these to the outside of the basket. Put a few mason jars inside the basket and insert a candle into each. Use a wire chain to hang the basket from a sturdy tree branch.
Step 7: Use tap lights to create luminaries for a glowing path to the yard. Wrap decorative translucent rice paper around the base of each tap light. Use hot glue or double-sided tape to attach the ends of the paper, creating a cylinder. Tap the top of the lights to turn on the illuminated pathway.