You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to get an attractive outdoor light. You just need a little creativity and know-how.
This globe light (pictured on the left) that I found on Amazon for $190 each became my inspiration to create an outdoor light on a budget that was also not hardwired in.
In fact, the one I made runs on batteries or you could buy one with a plug in. Pottery Barn makes their own version of a globe light that is indoor/outdoor, but it has a $299 price tag.
I have included the links above for the inspiration piece in case you would rather just buy that, but if not, keep reading and I will tell you how I made mine for much less money.
Because I was re-purposing hanging planters I have had for years, I only needed to buy the lights and some black zip ties ($1 at the hardware store).
I bought my lights on Amazon for $6-$7 per 2 pack. I used one strand of Cool White LED Lights and one strand of Warm White LED Lights per globe, although I am thinking of adding another strand of cool white to each. I liked the depth that the 2 different whites added. Now, I bought my hanging planters at Menards quite a while ago, but they sell similar ones for $5 each and I am sure you may also be able to find them at Wal-Mart, Fleet Farm, Lowes and Home Depot for comparable prices, but if you need to buy it online from Amazon you could get these hanging planters for about $13 each.
My cost was UNDER $15 for 2 Globe Lights. Fabulous, isn’t it?!?!? Even if you have to buy the planters at Amazon, it brings your cost for 2 Globe Lights up to $67, which is about 1/3 the cost of just one of them on Amazon and less than 1/4 of the cost of one on Pottery Barn. AND YOU GET TWO!
So, here’s the planter I started with. You will need 2 of them to complete one globe light and in my case since I was making two globe lights I needed 4 planters. They used to have coconut liners in them, so those went in the compost bin.
This is a fairly straight forward project that doesn’t need a lot of supplies or time to complete. Here you can see I have laid everything out I am using: planters, black zip ties, and lights. You may also need hooks to screw in to the ceiling of your porch.
I reused the hanging chain and hook from 2 of the planters to attach to the end of the globe and used that to hang them. Since there were originally 4 planters and I only needed 2 chain/hook combos, I still have 2 leftover that I will just put in my junk drawer until I find a need for them.
Put two planters together and zip tie them together. I used three zip ties evenly spaced and that holds nicely. I also used black so it would blend in. Re-attach your chain/hook (if you have one) to the top of the globe.
Twist your lights around in your globe. If you buy the ones I did and linked to above, they are on a wire that makes them easy to twist around and stay in place, so no other supplies are needed to make them stay in place. I secured the battery boxes in places with a waterproof tape that is black since the battery box is not waterproof (although the switches are still barely accessible, so hopefully no water gets in that area), but the wire light part can actually be fully submerged in water. If you’re buying wired lights, just make sure they are okay for outdoor use.
Here is the final product hanging from our back deck at night with just a bug light on in addition to the LED Globe Lights.
This is what the two globe lights look like without any other lights on.
I think these globe lights make a fun addition to our seating area and it didn’t cost much money and was easy to do.
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Money Beagle says
The hanging baskets we buy are not anywhere near as fancy as this, so this wouldn’t really work for us, but I do love the idea!
FYI – I saw that Aldi’s has hangers like this for $3.99 right now. Lowe’s has some for $4.99. Even Dollar Tree has ones that are about half this size that are (obviously) $1.
Chelley @ A is for Adelaide says
THIS IS SO CUTE!!! I need to make a few of these for our yard and sun room! It is our first summer here and I want to jazz the place up!
Julie Syl Kalungi says
The globe lights seem light and maybe good for indoors in UK as they may rust with the moisture in the air. So maybe a Gazebo or Conservatory would be great for them…look nice!
Rebecca Swenor says
These hanging planter lights are an awesome idea. I love this idea and think they would make a great gift for any occasion. This craft idea I am going to do for sure with my sisters. Thanks for sharing the craft and the lights look just gorgeous.
Elizabeth O. says
That’s an awesome idea! I would love to do these as well. It adds life to your garden or patio. And it’s going to be perfect for outdoor parties as well. Thanks for the tutorial, it is much appreciated!
Karlaroundtheworld | Karla says
I have a similar steel basket back at home and I was always wondering what to do with it since I didn’t want to get rid of it due to some sentimental value. Your craft’s just beautiful! I’ll probably differ with a bit of color but overall, thanks for the idea!
Nicole Escat says
Fun idea! I never thought this way. It’s really cute and unique. So glad you shared the tutorial, it’s fantastic!
Christina Aliperti says
This would be so awesome in my mom’s back yard. The kids would love it too because there is something magical about twinkling lights at night.