42 Stunning Garden Bed Edging Ideas That You Need To See

If you are anything like me, when you see empty yard space, you see future garden potential. And depending on what your plans are concerning flower, stone, or vegetable garden beds, you probably have a preliminary idea of how you want your garden edging to look once it’s finished.

Picking out plants is the easy part, but have you seriously considered the steps needed before adding in your favorite greenery? Pair flower beds with metal patinas, stone gardens with weathered lumber, and vegetable beds with discarded bottles- or any other awesome combination presented!  Read on for a unique selection of gardening bed edging ideas that are easy and cheap to customize for your space.

Content

42 Stunning Garden Bed Edging Ideas That You Need to See

  1. Raise That Garden Up (On Legs)!
  2. Turn Your Old Wines Boxes into Raised MIni-Beds
  3. Speaking of Reusing…You Can Do WHAT With Old Tires?!
  4. Didn’t you know? Recycling Bottles is All the Rage!
  5. To Continue on the Topic of Recycling, What Are You Doing With All Those Bricks?
  6. Lacking Reusables? Why Not Use the Garden AS Your Border?
  7. Cinder Block Versatility. Is There Really ANYTHING You Can’t Do With These Things?
  8. Got Rocks (and Some Fencing Wire)?
  9. One Man’s Junk is Another’s Garden Treasure!
  10. Railway Sleepers Provide Dimension to Your Garden
  11. Metal House Roofing & Siding Isn’t Just For Your Home Anymore
  12. Dig Out That Box Of Seashells From Your Childhood
  13. Firewood, or Rustic Garden Border???
  14. Weave a Pattern For Your Yard Space
  15. Create Steel Patina Using Metal Edging
  16. Landscaping Bricks Create Beautiful Beds and Borders
  17. Whoa! Straw for Bedding, But NOT For Livestock!
  18. Don’t Toss That Broken Dish!
  19. Put That in Your Pipe and…
  20. Traditional Edging Is Always Classic and Clean
  21. Your Back Will Thank You!
  22. Loggin’ It
  23. Weave a Little Nest
  24. Gotta Lotta Terracotta
  25. Miss Match a Modern Touch
  26. Stock Tanks – Not Just for Rural Spaces
  27. Mingle Materials
  28. Modern Lines Meets Rustic Materials
  29. Concrete Corners
  30. Square Up Those Willow Branches
  31. Railway Rustic
  32. Get Vertical – With Pavers That Is!
  33. Vertical IS Obviously the New Horizontal
  34. You Don’t Need a Roofer For This Awesome ‘Roofing’ Idea
  35. Take a Load Off
  36. And…We’re Vertical! Again!
  37. Let the Flowers Flow
  38. Stone Appeal
  39. Another Roofing Genius Hack!
  40. Grow a Bigger & Better Border
  41. Invert Your Pathways
  42. An All Time Favorite


Pick Your Favorite!

#1 Raise That Garden Up (On Legs)!

Source

A great way to keep wildlife and dogs out of your garden beds is to raise them off the ground. Sturdy lumber easily supports basic small fruits, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Plus, it takes the strain off your back weeding, and they are movable if the area isn’t suitable in the future.

#2 Turn Your Old Wines Boxes into Raised MIni-Beds

Source

Good wines are often shipped to distributors (or you!) in neat wooden boxes that you can typically pick up from your local liquor store for free. Lined with a good waterproofing material, and you have a cool series of raised beds to intersperse among your space, flower planters, or a neat way to tier your vegetation.

#3 Speaking of Reusing…You Can Do WHAT With Old Tires?!

Source

Whether you halve them for garden edging, use them as planters, stack them for dimension, paint them, or hang them… the uses for old tires in your garden is endless. Since millions of old tires are discarded each year, why not head down to your local tire shop and see what you can resuse in your garden?

#4 Didn’t you know? Recycling Bottles is All the Rage!

Source

Spiral gardens are a great conversation piece and can be placed almost anywhere in a yard or garden to add interest. Garden edging that incorporate discarded bottles are always interesting and create such a cute little tiered area- I’ve been convinced to start saving my bottles for a new project! Time to drink up!

#5 To Continue on the Topic of Recycling, What Are You Doing With All Those Bricks?

Source

Spiral gardens are a great conversation piece and can be placed almost anywhere in a yard or garden to add interest. Garden edging that incorporate discarded bottles are always interesting and create such a cute little tiered area- I’ve been convinced to start saving my bottles for a new project! Time to drink up!

#6 Lacking Reusables? Why Not Use the Garden AS Your Border?

Source

Want a garden border, but don’t want to take the time to collect materials, or purchase the same decorative fencing as everyone else? Consider a living border of boxwood. Boxwood is easy to shape, is low maintenance and looks great with virtually everything.

#7 Cinder Block Versatility. Is There Really ANYTHING You Can’t Do With These Things?

Source

Cinder blocks are seriously one of the best materials to use for DIY there is. Not only are they strong and inexpensive, they are a great choice for fantastic garden edging and raised beds. Plus, they double as mini planters when tipped open side up! You can even paint them for a personalized touch.

#8 Got Rocks (and Some Fencing Wire)?

Source

River rock is varied in shapes and colors, and is a great garden bed or border material to work with. With a roll of narrow wire paneling material, some tools and corner supports, you can create a cool series of planters and borders in your garden.

#9 One Man’s Junk is Another’s Garden Treasure!

Source

Jazz up your garden edge using discarded old bike wheels either halved or buried to create a rolling border for your flowers to peek their way though. Or use them as an unique support to create living border out of vining plants!

#10 Railway Sleepers Provide Dimension to Your Garden

Source

Placing railroad sleepers vertically, rather than horizontally, adds flow and interest to any garden border.  Use a chainsaw to cut the lengths you desire, remembering to add the amount you’ll want to bury for sturdiness.

#11 Metal House Roofing & Siding Isn’t Just For Your Home Anymore

Source

Metal panels are rust proof, fade proof, and are generally a great choice for both fencing and garden edging when combined with the correct framing materials. Pair with sturdy lumber to create a unique look.  Added bonus? It comes in a variety of colors!

#12 Dig Out That Box Of Seashells From Your Childhood

Source

I have a box of shells collected from various vacations through the years I need to put to use! Depending on the beach (either freshwater or salt), usually a half hour walk in one direction will get you enough shells to add an interesting and one-of-a-kind border to your garden. Follow the link here for even more ideas.

#13 Firewood, or Rustic Garden Border???

Source

No need to have a fireplace to order up some firewood! An unsplit cord of firewood adds an eclectic, and woodsy touch to your garden beds when placed vertically.  Looking for a more delicate touch? Head out to your local forest land with an inexpensive firewood permit to choose your shapes and sizes.

#14 Weave a Pattern For Your Yard Space

Source

Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#15 Create Steel Patina Using Metal Edging

Source

Generally inexpensive, steel edging isn’t just for building. Bury an edge in ground and use it to create a meandering garden border that will weather year after year and add rustic appeal to any type of yard.

#16 Landscaping Bricks Create Beautiful Beds and Borders

Source

Backyard basics are always a good choice to keep your garden simple and organized. But who said you have to use traditional material in a traditional way? Landscaping bricks can be used in a variety of ways to create individual beds, walkway borders, and support for tiered gardens. Let your imagination run wild!

#17 Whoa! Straw for Bedding, But NOT For Livestock!

Source

The last few years have shown just how versatile straw can be for your garden. It’s not just for grass seedling protection anymore! Use bales to both build up raised garden beds and plant directly in them! As a purely organic source they hold moisture well without creating a humid, rotting environment.

#18 Don’t Toss That Broken Dish!

Source

Broken happens. But put that cracked or aged china to good use in your garden as a decorative and unique border idea! Most thrift store have entire sets for $10 or less if you don’t want mismatched ‘place settings’, and what’s a better way to add color and design to your yard!

#19 Put That in Your Pipe and…

Source

It might be an old saying, but what’s better than filling up leftover cut pipe with decorative rock and awesome succulents to create a border that is sure to have your guests wishing they were that innovative?  Personally I’ve been inspired and just found a great use to some leftover pipe I have from fencing!

#20 Traditional Edging Is Always Classic and Clean

Source

There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

#21 Your Back Will Thank You!

Source

Raised garden beds using all sorts of material seem to be the rage, but instead of going with traditional circles and rectangles, why not mix it up and provide easy access to the entire garden? No more reaching into the middle rows and straining your back or trying to find balance- instead keep your vegetable rows within reach with this great shape!

#22 Loggin’ It

Source

If there is a tree coming down somewhere nearby, do yourself a favor and take the dimensions of your garden bed border and ask if you can get the trunk cut to length in return for hauling it off. Tree trunks offer interesting texture and shape, not to mention they can be customized as border planters or notched for walkways!

#23 Weave a Little Nest

Source

Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#24 Gotta Lotta Terracotta

Source

It might be an old saying, but what’s better than filling up leftover cut pipe with decorative rock and awesome succulents to create a border that is sure to have your guests wishing they were that innovative?  Personally I’ve been inspired and just found a great use to some leftover pipe I have from fencing!

#25 Miss Match a Modern Touch

Source

Rocks come in all shapes and sizes, and if you aren’t keen on having too much weeding to do, a xeriscaped border area with minimal vegetation and artistically displayed rock is just what you need. You can easily customize your rock color and size to add depth and dimension to areas big and small.

#26 Stock Tanks – Not Just for Rural Spaces

Source

Depending on where you live, you can easily pick up stock tanks for next to nothing in rural areas as over time the bottoms weather and rust out, making them unsuitable for holding water. But don’t believe for one minute that their life is over, stock tanks make wonderful garden beds and provide nice curved edges to balance out any angles you may already have. Both galvanized and rubber tanks can be purchased online, or at a farm supply store if you have difficulty finding one not in use. Just remember to keep the drainage hole open to keep water from building up and drowning your vegetation.

#27 Mingle Materials

Source

Who said you have to have a uniformed garden border, or that you couldn’t mix and match the materials you use to help keep your beds separate? Provide aesthetic appeal by using a variety of materials in different shapes, sizes, and colors for overall garden interest!

#28 Modern Lines Meets Rustic Materials

Source

Nothing says I love my garden like using natural materials in the setting you create. This awesome idea uses rustic wooden posts with bulky rock to add variable texture and surprisingly clean lines to a well sculpted garden.

#29 Concrete Corners

Source

Bold white stucco and concrete faces keep this landscaping simple and refreshing in a small space, all while adding curbside appeal to a busy row of townhouses. Having a small space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden bed, or an original look.

#30 Square Up Those Willow Branches

Source

Young green saplings, willow branches, or other green, flexible woods are easy to weave into a strong and pliable mat for raised garden borders.  See this, and some other great border ideas here.

#31 Railway Rustic

Source

Railway sleepers create an abundance of appeal no matter how they are used, so check out these stacked and tiered garden beds using only ties and hand selected vegetation.

#32 Get Vertical – With Pavers That Is!

Source

Brick pavers may be traditional in nature, but imbedding them in ground placed vertically, instead of horizontally, is a fun twist to an old idea, and provides the same clean cut edging. Plus, you can mow right over them!

#33 Vertical IS Obviously the New Horizontal

Source

Seal together your square stepping stones to create a cool, over-the-top garden bed edging idea. This look is much easier than it looks and only requires your stone of choice and concrete to both set the stones in the ground, and to seal them together.

#34 You Don’t Need a Roofer For This Awesome ‘Roofing’ Idea

Source

Using a surprising take on both concrete roofing tiles and remesh (available at any building supply), this meandering and eclectic garden border is unique and simple to create. Plus, it’s durability will last year after year and hold up to whatever nature can throw at it!

#35 Take a Load Off

Source

Another take on railway sleepers, but this time don’t forget to add in your own restful places to sit and enjoy the beauty of your creations.

#36 And…We’re Vertical! Again!

Source

Posts don’t need to be placed horizontally or stacked to create a cool garden bed effect. Instead, try having them cut to uniform length to provide a sturdy garden bed that looks professional.

#37 Let the Flowers Flow

Source

Why not let the plants take all the attention? This Astilbe border made from a sturdy, shade loving perennial, will only get larger and more attractive year after year. Even if you don’t have a lot of shade, there are plenty of sun lovers that will appreciate creating the pathway of your dreams, many of which will bloom continuously.

#38 Stone Appeal

Source

Garden wall stones make a great addition to any border as you simply lay them together and walk away since they are created to ‘fit’ side by side. Their uniformity, but natural look is appealing to many gardeners.  Look here to see how it can help transform a space from blah to WOW!

#39 Another Roofing Genius Hack!

Source

Cypress and Cedar Roofing Shingles are impervious to termites, and make a great staggered garden border! If you live in an area where termites are not a problem and you won’t need to worry about drawing them close to your home, pallet wood cut up also works well and is generally free!

#40 Grow a Bigger & Better Border

Source

Use those plants! Seriously! Perennials make awesome borders, like these Hostas and Daylilies. Aren’t a fan? There are plenty of both tall and small plants that are sure to take your fancy as a colorful and living border idea.

#41 Invert Your Pathways

Source

Line your grass walkways with stunning rock gardens! I LOVE this look! The simplicity of the design and lush shades of green look like something out of a Jane Austin novel. Even if grass isn’t your thing, a fine pebble or even rocked walkway would highlight the vegetation regardless.

#42 An All Time Favorite

Source

There’s nothing wrong with the clean contours of traditional brick walkway edging. This is also a great way to keep lawns from creeping in on your flowerbeds while providing a classic and uniform look.

Pick Your Favorite!

I don’t know about you, but I have seen so many great ideas to incorporate into my yard and garden spaces I can even begin to figure where to start!  If you’ve been wondering what garden beds to add, or how to edge your areas, hopefully you’ve been inspired and have some ideas to get rolling with.

Comment below with your favorite takes from the list above, and feel free to share with other garden and yard enthusiasts!

42 Stunning Garden Bed Edging Ideas That You Need To See is republished from Back yard boss

Grow Your Own Plastic Bottle Plant Paradise

Have you ever wished that fresh salad greens and herbs were growing in that lush garden backyard that you… Wait? What? You live in an apartment? In Chicago?

Obviously your backyard garden dreams aren’t exactly a reality- but did you know that growing leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes, and even strawberries, cucumbers, and more can actually be at your fingertips YEAR-ROUND?

In 2011 Britta Riley explained her frustrations to the world concerning her desire to have just that in her New York apartment, and how she set out to discover growing a garden using hydroponics. What she realized was an entire network of like-minded people that not only made her dreams a reality, but opened up a whole new world of indoor gardening for you to try!

Her initial ideas of using tiered recycled plastic bottles and simple water pumps to feed a liquid soil over plant roots was first shared with friends who then outsourced the first attempts, inviting others all over the world to collaborate on this project through social media. She named this social participation R&DIY, or Research and Develop It Yourself- an idea to influence you to stop passing on the idea of problem solving, and try to trouble-shoot it yourself through teamwork.

This open source project has spread throughout the world, and been customized from window to window, state to state, country to country- until thousands of people have become involved with the conversation.  Don’t just be the consumer, be the creator!

Watch how it all began!

The post Grow Your Own Plastic Bottle Plant Paradise Find more on: BackYardBoss

27 Surprisingly Easy DIY BBQ Fire Pits Anyone Can Make

No backyard is complete without certain things in which to enjoy it; a few lounging chairs, maybe a pool, a BBQ, and a fire pit to sit around and enjoy those warm Summer nights. But what if you could combine those last two items and have a really great, backyard BBQ fire pit, DIY style? Don’t be discouraged, there are tons of ideas that are super easy and can definitely help add character to your backyard and make it the ultimate gathering spot for friends and family. Check these out and see if inspiration strikes you.

1)      DIY Simplicity

Source

Let’s kick this awesome list off with a DIY backyard fire pit that seriously couldn’t be any easier. Simply choose the perfect spot in your yard, make a circle using landscaping stones and build up from there, like the blocks we played with as kids. After you’ve gotten the height you want, toss on a grill or metal grate and voila!

2)      Step by Step

Source

For those who are leery of creating a big pit near your home in which to burn fires in this particular image breaks it all down, step by step on what to do, how to do it, how far it should be from any structures like, say, your house? Also, the pit itself is pretty simple to do!

3)      Easy, Yet Intriguing Japanese Style

Source

For those who prefer to have an informational video to follow when creating their backyard fire pit, this one does the trick. Although, we don’t recommend the careless nature in which these guys handle their power tools (safety first, people!) their ideas for turning a tire rim into a BBQ is wicked cool.

4)      Dual Use

Source

Are you one of those people who can take a useless item and use it for something way better than it was originally intended for? Then have a gander at this DIY backyard fire pit. Using concrete tree rings, you can make a stellar little fire pit, and fast, too!

5)      Kicking it Up a Notch

Source

Now here’s a DIY project for the go-getter in all of us! Not only is this bad boy a BBQ pit, it also serves as a two tiered griller and has table service for eight. It’s like having a self-serve restaurant in your own backyard.

6)      A Neat Pit

Source

Really, we can all throw together a pit to burn wood in, but if you want it to be a more permanent setup on your property then you probably prefer it to look a little neater. Using a mixture of specific patio blocks, keystones, and landscape bricks, you can put together this cute little guy.

7)      Getting Creative

Source

I’ve seen people turn some fairly strange things into fire pits, but this one is pretty creative. Find yourself a metal drum or basin of some kind, plant a makeshift pole with a pulley on it and dangle a metal grate atop of the fire. Plus, when you just want to sit around and enjoy the blaze without a BBQ, simple take off the grate. Awesome

8)      Dedication

Source

If you’re planning on doing something like this particular BBQ pit, then make sure you’re dedicated to the idea. This sucker will take time to accomplish, but is clearly worth it. It’s simple, but stunning. The pit itself is fairly basic, but the wide hearth that surrounds it and the custom benches are what really makes this one appealing.

9)      Rugged Touch

Source

I love this DIY BBQ pit! It’s unique, rugged, and fairly easy to pull off. Simple clear an area in your backyard and fill with sand or gravel. Place jagged stones around the pit and salvage some fallen logs or beached driftwood for cool benches. I don’t know about you, but I love this one.

10)  No, THIS is DIY Simplicity

Source

Wow. Number one on the list may have been super easy, but I stand corrected. This DIY fire pit is hands down the simplest. It’s nothing more than a large log, partially split six ways, and then lit in the center. Some call it a ‘Swedish Torch’, I call it ‘Fool Proof’.

11)  Game of Stones

Source

This may not be a DIY backyard fire pit, per se, but it’s far too cool not to have on this list. Fire glass can transform your BBQ pit into a magical display of colors. Simply pour into the pit and burn. The colors shine, the fire reflects, and you look like a wizard.

12)  A Modern Take

Source

Essentially, fire pits are often round and fairly rustic in appearance. But for those of you who prefer something a little more modern, just change the shape of the stone you use to create the pit. By using square or rectangle cinder blocks you can form a contemporary, but still easy, BBQ pit in your backyard.

13)  Table Top

Source

Well this wouldn’t be a DIY list without some variety, now would it? If you live in an apartment, or rent a home that won’t allow you to have a backyard fire pit, then this idea might spark your interest. Create your own table top, concrete fire pit and enjoy a warm fire on the smallest of balconies.

14)  Come to the Dark Side…of Fire Pits

Source

Now here’s a fire pit that speaks to my heart! It may not be DIY, exactly, but somebody makes it! And how cool would you be with your very own Death Star burning in the backyard? Almost as cool as the wizard who’s burning fire stones.

15)  Fire Pit On the Go

Source

This is a great idea for a fire pit on the go. Whether it be during a camping trip, a tailgating party, or a zombie apocalypse, this idea can be done by anyone, anywhere. All you need is a round basin like a tire rim and two pieces of metal. The fire is self-feeding, so sit back and forget about fetching wood all night.

16)  One Fire Pit to Rule Them All

Source

If Star Wars isn’t your thing, then perhaps a bit of Tolkien will do the trick. The BBQ pit itself is pretty basic, nothing more than a simple metal ring. But the dangling Mask of Sauron over the fire creates a nice, dramatic effect. One that your neighbour may, or may not like. But who cares?

17)  Part of Nature

Source

Again, this one will take some dedication to the idea of having a backyard fire pit, but it’s totally worth it. I mean, look at it! It’s amazing. Flagstones surround the natural pit of rocks and the Adirondack chairs just make this the ultimate backyard getaway.

18)  More Wizardry

Source

This fire glass really gives a unique effect to your backyard fire pit. Initially, it’s meant to give the appearance of fire and ice; the warm colors of the flames contrasting beautifully with the cold pop of blue or green. If you’re one for dramatic effect, then fire glass is a must have on your shopping list.

19)  Go Big or Go Home

Source

This DIY backyard fire pit can really only be pulled off in a large area. But if you have the room to spare, this gorgeous giant would make a stunning centerpiece to any patio. Even the wide capping around the edge offers extra seating if need be. Just don’t let your tushie get too close to the flames!

20)  Burning Balls

Source

Another cool idea for the more modern types out there. Everything here can be DIY, even the cement spheres that burn in the center of the pit, they’re actually pretty easy to make. This whole idea involves a lot of concrete casting, but if you’re cool with that then this is a great BBQ fire pit project.

21)  Equestrian Style

Source

For the horse lovers in all of us, this unique spin on a DIY backyard fire pit is the bees knees. It’s mostly just a metal drum of some sort, but the use of old horseshoes really gives it that special touch. Perfect for a ranch, horse lovers, or even a regular backyard. All you really need is a bit of welding knowledge.

22)  Drum Roll, Please

Source

Do you have an old metal barrel or oil drum just kicking around that you’re waiting for the perfect project in which to use it for? Well, wait no longer. This DIY backyard BBQ is awesomely easy to pull off, and gets rid of that old oil drum. And since it only uses half of it, help your friend or neighbour make their own fire pit.

23)  Get Bent

Source

If you, or a friend, can be considered handy with welding and manipulating metal then here’s a cool idea to try this weekend. Take a sheet of metal and form it into an obscure shape, one that would hold a few pieces of wood. Weld some hooks on the upturned corners and attach it to a pole. Ta da!  A cool, hanging fire pit.

24)  Torches Galore!

Source

Ah, a garden torch, the somewhat cousin to the fire pit. You could go out and buy a few Tiki style torches or even some nice metal type models, or you could get creative and whip up a set of these. Don’t be discouraged, they’re fairly easy. All you need are a few length of metal pipe and some thin sheets. Break out that DIY welding knowledge you learned and get to work.

25)  Easy Way Out

Source

If you’d rather take the easy route (no shame in that), then consider making a simple square cast. Set up your fire pit shape with some wood forms and pour your concrete. When it dries you’ll have a great, sturdy, and long lasting fire pit.

26)  Bowl-ing for Fire Pits

Source

Just like the mini versions we mentioned earlier in the list, the DIY concrete bowl is a really cool idea for a backyard fire pit if you don’t have the means for a more permanent solution. Choose how big or small you want it and enjoy the flames from your balcony, patio, or backyard.

27)  Best for Last

Source

Of course we had to save the coolest for last! And you really can’t any cooler than an old wine barrel that’s converted into a grill. Cut out a door and pop in a tank of propane, toss a grate on top and you’ve got yourself one heck of a man’s BBQ. Super cool.

Feel Free To Ask!

Did you enjoy this awesome compilation of DIY backyard BBQ pits? Did any of them strike an idea to try out? If so, we’d love to hear all about it! Leave us a comment and share your DIY fire pit project!

27 Surprisingly Easy DIY BBQ Fire Pits Anyone Can Make See more on: The Back Yard Boss website

Add Beautiful Light to Your Backyard in 21 Different Ways

#1 Looking for Some Northern Forest Inspiration?

Looking or that ‘au naturale’ touch for your walkway? These fabulous lights are made from salvaged logs which are then hand carved by a legally blind artist and wired for lighting. What?! You say? Yes, legally blind, yet these beauties blend into the most rustic of yards. Order here Cracked Log Lamp Range.

#2 Or Perhaps Something from Lonestar State is More Up Your Alley…

In Texas you go big or you go home, and these Texas Lamp Posts definitely fit that description. A weekend with a visit to a local lumber yard and garden center, a little elbow grease (shovel and concrete), and you can create your own patio lighting that doubles as a flowering container garden. Place hanging baskets for that added oomph!

#3 No Matter Your Choices, Glowing Walkways Don’t Get Easier Than This

Whether you have an existing walkway, or want to make your own, adding in glow-in-the-dark pigments to your materials and paints will give you a self-charging walkway that lights the way night after night. Don’t want the entire stone to glow? Only add it to the grout between the stones, or paint the areas you prefer to light the way!

#4 Up For a Little Ping-Pong Under the Stars?

Not the game silly! The ambiance! Super cheap and easy to make, ping-pong balls placed over a regular string of holiday lights are sure to be a crowd pleaser in any backyard! Want to jazz it up? Use permanent markers to customize (and color) your perfect look! Follow the directions on how to create a Ping Pong Ball Lights and see how easy this project is!

#5 Bring the Indoors, Out, With This Simple Lighting Hack!

Follow these simple steps for an awesome outdoor lamp you don’t even need to plug in! First, visit your local thrift store and find an old lamp. Then, stop by the garden center and purchase your choice of a solar light. And finally, remove the top lighting piece from the stake, and place it where a bulb belongs.

Hint: If it doesn’t fit, use a little wall putty used to hang pictures on walls to secure it in the base.
To see more by this fabulous hacker, head here Princess Pinky Girl Backyard Hacks.

#6 Take Advantage of Nature to Add Mood Lighting to Your Porch

Revolutionize the most common of deck and patio areas by adding lighting where it counts. By taking advantage of your natural hangers, and adding in other simple lanterns, an otherwise dark area is easily transformed. Watch the simplicity of this mutation here Outdoor Mood Lighting.

#7 The Power of the Sun Will Light the Way

Glass blocks, LED lights, speaker wire, an outdoor solar panel, sealant, and some basic knowledge of electronics is all you need to create this genius lighted pathway. By customizing your block shapes and colors you’ll have a conversation piece everyone will be talking about!

#8 Tree by Day, Light by Night

Wrapping your trees with lights doesn’t have to only be a holiday tradition. Any backyard party will benefit from the beauty of the lighting given off by thousands of soft bulbs and create an atmosphere to remember. Some great tips for spacing lights on different types and sizes of tree and branches can be found here Wrapping Trees with Christmas Lights, as well as how many lights you’ll need for each tree.

#9 Want the Originality, but None of the Hard Work?

Looking for that conversational lighting piece, but don’t want to do it yourself? Vintage Pipe Creations will customize your perfect lighting for both indoor and out, using new pipe fittings with Edison Age vintage industrial fixtures. All products are handmade and can be personalized to your look. Interested? Head over to their shop to take a look around!

#10 But When the Stars Fall From the Heavens to Light Your Way…

Glow stones are versatile and easy to add to your yard and garden. Whether you purchase them online, or create them yourself, the many effects they lend to yards and gardens will be as varied and unique as only you can imagine.

#11 Reuse, Recycle, Relight! Your Kitchen Holds the Key to Great Lighting!

Source

Venture into that cellar and pull out all those wine bottles you’ve been saving for a project, because one quick trip to the hardware store is all you need to create the original and reusable outdoor torches.  Step by Step instructions along with a list of materials needed are already prepared for you. What are you waiting for!?

#12 Want to Recycle Again?! Don’t Toss Those Tuna Cans!

Source

Some simple hardware, hurricane lamp thrift finds, and your old tuna cans create the perfect lantern to light the way. Add real or solar candles to keep your walkway bright and cheery each night!

#13 Don’t Just Brighten, But Sweeten Your Night With This Adorable Hack!

Source

Customize your next party with a choice of cupcake liners placed over whatever stringed bulbs you have laying around. Cupcake liners can take some seriously high heat, but if you are worried about the heat put off by the bulb, try LED lights that stay cool to the touch! Cupcake lights are an easy and inexpensive way to look like a backyard lighting genius!

#14 Got a Glass Stash? Put Those Old Jelly Jars to Use!

Source

Jelly and canning jars come in all shapes and sizes, but what could be better than filling those with yummy things to eat? Using them for lighting of course! A roll of 16 gauge wire and your choice of jars, and you’ve got yourself some lighting that can be easily placed wherever you need a little ambiance. For DIY instructions for Hanging Jar Lantern

#15 Wait! Rinse and Repeat!

Source

All your canned goods are waiting eagerly for you to reincarnate them as fabulous lighting creations.  All you need is a little wire, a hammer and a nail to repurpose a common pantry item into something sure to get your guests talking about just how crafty you are!

#16 Someone’s Junk is Your…Lighting?

These repurposed roofing vents are sure to create and interesting, and unique topic of conversation.  Plenty of discarded housing materials can be made into unique and personal lighting for your space with an inexpensive lamp kit.

#17 Waterscape by Night?

Why enjoy your pond only by day when you can by night as well?  Not to mention the romantic atmosphere a little lighting can add to the flow of of water! Easy to install, waterproof light housings are available for purchase here.

#18 Big Jars, Little Jars, Funny Jars… MORE JAR IDEAS!

Still looking for ways to use up those jars? Look no further. Rubber bands and spray paint transform ANY jar into fun lighting for any surface. Looking for other ways to reuse your old treasures? Head over here to see what other suggestions this crafty hacker has in store.

#19 Not Into DIY? Check Out This $1 Hack!

Okay, you might have to put a little more effort into this project than opening your wallet, especially if you want to add color. But mostly it involves sticking the lights into the ball and (maybe) having to glue it into place. Simple? Definitely!

#20 MORE Uses For Those Jars

Hanging firefly lanterns are easy to make with a minimum amount of effort. This is a perfect project for those smaller sized jars and create a simplistic chandelier-type look when hung together over a dining setting.

#21 Wine Bottle Chandelier – Need We Say More?

This fabulous lighting hack requires a wine barrel bottom, some stringed lights, and leftover wine bottles.  Recycling wine barrels is all the rage right now and are pretty easy to pick up in antique stores, wineries, and online. Just be sure to shop wisely and get a piece that is unfinished to save you some cash!

To Conclude

Backyard lighting can change the atmosphere of your outdoor space to be both inviting and artistic (not to mention how many stubbed toes you’ll avoid!). Whether you are planning a social gathering, or just for your own pleasure, lighting up your backyard will be sure to create an area that gets more use and is personalized to your taste.

Did you enjoy the list? Comment below which idea you liked best and plan on utilizing soon! And be sure to share with your friends what you plan on creating for your backyard paradise!

Add Beautiful Light to Your Backyard in 21 Different Ways was originally published to www.backyardboss.net