Using string lights to decorate outdoor spaces has become quite popular with people creating canopies, stringing them around fences, and using them to light up their pergolas. The options for unique lighting are endless, as the following distinctive designs will clearly show.

Glow in the Dark Volleyball

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Keep the game going all night by stringing the net and posts with bright white lights, and adding a few more strands around the edges of the court to be sure everyone knows when the ball is in or out.

Firepit Lights without the Flame

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Copper wire lights mimic a glowing fire, and can be kept shining all night with a battery-powered string of lights, or even an extension cord strategically placed to be as hidden from guests.

Light Topiaries

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A few six foot bamboo dowels, some strings of 50-bulb lights, and a bunch of paper lanterns make gorgeous topiaries to reflect off a pool, or light up the backyard.

Twinkling Tumbleweeds

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Turn a few troublesome tumbleweeds into a lovely decoration for a pathway by stringing them with some copper-wire lights.

Cracked Log Lamps

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Any log or stump can be hollowed out, with long cuts placed around the outer walls, and placed over a light to make a unique and natural outdoor lamp.

Under Glass Pathway Lights

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A row of pretty glass cloches filled with strings of globe lights are great for illuminating a pathway or bed of flowers, with the extension cords conveniently hidden beneath any nearby greenery.

Glass Drop Fairy Lights

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Create a magical world outdoors with LED copper wire lights stuffed into clear glass teardrop terrariums, and hung from the branches of a tree.

Globe Lights Wreath

 

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Globe lights strung close together on a wreath form are the perfect way to light up a garden or seating area, with a few of the bulbs coated with frosted-glass spray to mix it up a bit.

Rather than packing up those strings of lights when the holidays end, give them new life outside in fabulous new ways that will keep the neighbors talking all summer long.