Light Up The Night With DIY Lanterns

With the nights getting longer, there is even more incentive to light them up.

After the editors of Gardenista ran across this colored lantern set from Darby Smart, they decided to test the kit themselves. Simple instructions, easy steps, and in a matter of minutes, they had them strung up in a tree in the backyard.

Who says it’s too late in the season to throw one more outdoor cocktail party?

DIY blue glass hanging lanterns l Gardenista

Above: Photograph by John Merkl.

A DIY Hanging Votives kit comes with three mason jars, white suede hanging cord, embroidery thread, and glue.

DIY blue glass hanging lanterns Darby Smart l Gardenista

Above: Autumn cocktail party, anyone?

For more favorite lighting, see 5 Quick Fixes: Outdoor Lanterns.


matt gowty
matt gowty3 years ago

I love hanging jar lights. :) I've also noticed a lot of stores stocking the vintage style glass milk bottles, I'm thinking of using a few of them to create lights.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

It's way too cold to do these now, but come spring, they will be a great idea for an outside cookout.

Dianne L.
Dianne L4 years ago

What a good idea!

Liz J.
Liz J4 years ago

what a great idea.....perfect for next spring / summer parties !

Sheila Collins
Sheila C4 years ago


Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Michelle P4 years ago


K B.
K B4 years ago

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Please sign this so that we can have better management for Adhd students, Thanks for your support,

Howard Crosse
Howard C4 years ago

A great idea but regarding the question 'is it too late to throw one last outdoor cocktail party', I live in the UK and the answer is yes, sadly it is. We had a great summer this year but now the seasons have moved on, each brings its' own beauty but for the next few months cocktail parties will be in doors, or outdoors wrapped up in very warm coats!

Ruth R.
Ruth R4 years ago

Nice picture of the candles in the good jars!