28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer

 

Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.

1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger did.

2. Paper Bag Lanterns

Paper Bag Lanterns

Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here.

3. Wine Bottle Torch

Wine Bottle Torch

Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here.

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Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post for the how to.

5. Tin Can Lanterns

Tin Can Lanterns

Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here.

6. Hanging Railing Jars

Hanging Railing Jars

Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here.

7. Cupcake Lights

Cupcake Lights

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Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger.

8. Glass Candle Lanterns

Glass Candle Lanterns

Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post has all the details.

9. Hanging Tea Lights

Hanging Tea Lights

Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinnedhere.

10. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Here’s a tutorial. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.

11. Tube Lights

Tube Lights

Turn textured plastic into subtle lighting with this tutorial.

12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier

Hanging Succulent Chandelier

This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger.

13. Ice Lantern

Ice Lantern

It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial.

14. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.

15. Solar Light Chandelier

Solar Light Chandelier

Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!

16. Wine Glass Chandeliers

Wine Glass Chandeliers

Turn sheets of vellum into little lampshades for wine glasses with this simple tutorial.

17. Grapevine Lights

Grapevine Lights

Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.

18. Beer Bottle Table Runner

Beer Bottle Table Runner

Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.

19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

20. Fabric Lamps

Fabric Lamps

Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Followthese directions.

21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

This blog post shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.

22. Starry Lights

Starry Lights

Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.

23. Birthday Hat Lights

Birthday Hat Lights

Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post has all the info.

24. Seashell Lighting

Seashell Lighting

String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are byMartha, of course.

25. Origami String Lights

Origami String Lights

Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here and here.

26. Glowing Light Orbs

Glowing Light Orbs

Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.

27. Watercolor Orbes

Watercolor Orbes

Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.

28. Emergency Outdoor Light

Emergency Outdoor Light

29 Cool Recycled Pallet Projects

Reuse, Recycle & Repurpose Old Wooden Pallets

December 20, 2012 By  101 Comments

People amaze me.

I get a real kick out of re-purposed wooden pallet projects.  People have come up with some awesome ways to recycle and reuse wooden shipping pallets and it’s pretty darn inspiring.  While not specifically survival related, the mentality of creatively using resources is a key theme in any survivor’s mindset.  I put together a collection of some of my favorite recycled pallet projects below that I thought you would enjoy.

A note on using pallets.  Pallets are typically marked with either MB which means they’ve been chemically treated or HT which means they have been heat treated.  Some pallets are also pressure treated with preservatives.  You should try to avoid using MB marked and pressure treated pallets for interior projects and gardening projects.  Try to avoid those nasty chemicals if you can.

Have any of you re-purposed a wooden pallet?  Share and comment below!

 

Vertical Planter

Project can be found at: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/diy-project-recycled-pallet-vertical-garden.html

 

Wall Shelves

Project can be found at: http://www.myluckylemon.com/2011/04/pallets-of-love.html

 

Garden Work Bench

Project can be found at: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/tools/make-your-own-potting-bench/#page=17

 

Variety of Chairs

Project can be found at: http://www.slownoodle.com/search/label/Recycle%20and%20Upcycle

 

Retro Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/05/28/pallet-possibilities/

 

Wall Covering

Project can be found at: http://homedecorinterioridea.com/decorate-the-walls-of-your-living-room-with-recycled-pallets.html

 

 

Breakfast in Bed Tray

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Room Divider

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Office Furniture

Project can be found at: http://www.decoist.com/2012-02-24/office-design-from-recycled-pallets-at-brandbase-in-amsterdam/

 

Wickedly Cool Flooring

Project can be found at: http://ehomeandgarden.net/gallery/pallet-furniture-ideas-02

 

Dining Table

Project can be found at: http://super-simpless.blogspot.com/2012/10/recycled-pallets-sanded-finished-as.html

 

Mason Jar Chandalier

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Project can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/66488968/mason-jar-chandelier-diy-candles?ref=shop_home_active

 

Compost Bins

Project can be found at: http://www.threeandathirdhomestead.com/2011/06/three-bin-composter-from-recycled.html

 

End Table

Project can be found at: http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/home-furniture-pallets.html

 

Wood Shed

Project can be found at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-Homesteading/Pallet-Woodshed.aspx

 

Off Grid Cabin

Project can be found at: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/firm-turns-shipping-pallets-into-transitional-homes-for-refugees/2841

 

Day Bed

Project can be found at: http://www.inhabitots.com/adorable-toddler-bed-made-from-shipping-pallets/

 

Stairs

Project can be found at: http://www.shft.com/shopping/most-architecture-brandbase-pallet/

 

Shoe Rack

Project can be found at: http://www.curbly.com

 

Recycled Walking Path

Project can be found at: http://littleecofootprints.typepad.com/little_eco_footprints/2010/07/pallet-dreaming.html

 

Barn

Project can be found at: http://charlesandhudson.com/pallet_shed/

 

Raised Bed Garden

Project can be found at: http://blog.greenergreengrass.com/2012/03/11/recycle-pallets-as-garden-planters/

 

Garden Tool Organizer

Project can be found at: http://gardenista.com/posts/diy-garden-pallet-as-instant-tool-shed

 

Retail Fixtures

Project can be found at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-reclaimed-pallet-shelving.html

 

Artful Coffee Table

Project can be found at: http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-save-pallet-reclaimed-pallets.html

 

Flatscreen Backdrop

Project can be found at: http://www.simonetasca.com.br/

 

Pallet Sofa

Project can be found at: http://www.theironstonenest.com/2011/09/transformation-tuesday-outdoor-pallet.html

 

Pallet Headboard

Project can be found at: http://homebyheidi.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-pineplace.html

 

And finally… one last project to wish you Merry Christmas!!!!

 

Pallet Christmas Tree

Project can be found at: http://www.greendiary.com/10-creative-christmas-trees-recycled-materials.html

 

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

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How do you start your day? If you are like most adults it’s with a ‘Cup of Joe’. About 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the U.S., up from 78 percent in 2012, according to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 online survey. That’s an average of three cups a day per person, or 587 million cups!  With all of that Coffee being consumed, think of the amount of coffee grounds that are being thrown away. Coffee grounds can be re-used for so many different things. Here are just a few ideas!
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1. Pest Repellant

The strong aroma may be endearing to many of us, but is a natural repellant for many insects such as ants, snails and slugs. Having troubles with ants? Trace them to their point of entry and put out some coffee grounds to deter them from returning…more.

2. Homemade Wood Stain

“Most store-bought wood stains contain harsh chemicals and produce terrible fumes, causing hazards for both the environment and the health of those using them. But coffee––while it does have some limitations in terms of coloration––is an incredibly effective, safe, organic, and ecologically responsible alternative.” Learn more here.

photodeckpicflower3. Naturally Deodorizing Flower Vase

By simply taking a mason jar, some ground coffee [to look like soil] and fresh cut flowers from the garden, you can create a beautiful flower vase that not only looks great, but smells great too! The coffee grounds [whether dry or just brewed] will naturally deodorize the room in addition to the beautiful scent that will be given off by the flowers you have selected…more.

4. Fridge Deodorizer

Place old grounds in a mason jar and stick it in your fridge. The coffee will naturally deodorize the space and replace the ever so popular baking soda from it’s duty.

 

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“Why should you exfoliate? It sloughs off the dead skin cells and unclogs your pores. All good things in my book. Not to mention with this scrub I have the added benefit of smelling like coffee afterwards.” Recipe here.

6. Natural Fertilizer

Make a homemade garden fertilizer by making a coffee ground “tea”. Simply add 2 cups of used grounds to a 5 gallon bucket of water and allow to steep overnight. This coffee “tea” can then be poured over garden and potted plants as a liquid fertilizer. Read more here.

7. Keep Cats Away

Spread used coffee grounds around the base of your garden to prevent cats from digging. This not only helps your garden but can help neighborhood cats as well since some plants are dangerous to kitties.

8. Add Shine to Hair

Coffee grounds can add shine to your hair and condition it naturally. Work the grounds into clean, wet hair and massage for a few minutes, then rinse”…more

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9. Coffee and Cocoa Face Mask

The duo decreases puffiness in the face and the eye area while brightening skin. This easy DIY recipe utilizes old coffee grounds in addition to common kitchen items. Get the recipe here.

10. Hide Furniture Scratches

 

Do you have some dark wood furniture with a small ding or scratch? Try dipping a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dabbing it onto the scratch. It should take the harshness away from the mark. I would encourage you to test this first on a small spot.

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*Please note that Coffee Grounds will become moldy within a few weeks if you store them damp. You can lay them on paper towel to dry before you store them. If you are going to be using it for the garden this step is often unnecessary.

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