A Starry Nights experience in your own garden: DIY Garden Lantern Ideas
By Ama H.Vanniarachchy
Having a home garden is a blessing no matter the size of it. You can customise it according to your personal taste and experiment with various styles. It will be the perfect place to try out your creativity and adventurous imagination. A beautiful home garden is a place where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife attracted to your garden.
If you grow your own vegetables, fruits or herbs, that’s a bonus point. You can enjoy the chirp of cheerful little birds and the flutter of butterflies while enjoying a fresh cup of lime juice made of lime grown by you. Or herbs topped the pizza with some fresh tomatoes, plucked from your own garden. A shady tree will be the perfect place to enjoy your favourite Agatha Christie novel during the day when it is too warm to stay indoors.
While the vibrant lizards and dragonflies will add volume into your garden in the day time, bright little fireflies will lighten up the place at night. A little garden bench or a seat will be the perfect spot to stargaze on a starry night or enjoy the magical experience of a moonlit night.
Having some garden lanterns will add magic to your garden while illuminating the place during the night. These lanterns will be perfect for a balcony garden too.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have garden lanterns, but it will require time, hard work and creativity. So let’s get started.
Here are five easy DIY garden lantern ideas for you.
Used tin cans can be turned into great garden lanterns. Clean used tin cans and dry them. Then mark out a simple design with a marker and punch the design out with a metal punch. Paint the tin afterwards or you can even leave it without painting. You can either hang your lanterns on trees or just place them alongside a pathway or a short wall.
You can also clean, paint and then rip these cans by cutting them vertically and then crush them a bit using a heavy object.
Lit garden candles will do the starry nights magic. You can use tea candles or tea lights and string them together.
Old wine bottles and beer bottles will do great and garden lanterns. Clean, wash and dry them first. Then fill them with your favourite charismas lights or just simple tea lights.
These are not going to last for a long time, but they are beautiful and easy to make. You will need some coloured paper bags or some coloured tissue paper. After you cut punch designs into the bag, fill the bag with some rice or sand to make it steady and stand up. Then you can put a candle inside the bag.
I’m sure you have plenty of jam jars at your home. They will make charming garden lanterns. First, you have to clean, wash and dry them well. You can use white sand or Epsom salt to fill the jar and put a candle inside. When candles are lit inside these jars it will give a winter festive vibe. You can make various styles of lanterns with old jam jars. Pasting colourful fabric scraps on the walls of the jars, or wrap them with rustic twines, especially the top of the jar will add a rustic vibe to your little garden.
Colourful cupcake liners will be beautiful lights and add an instant party vibe to your little garden. You can cut an X in the bottom of the liner and string the bulbs through the cut.
Now it’s time to enjoy a starry nights experience in your own little garden space. Good luck.