I recently updated the appearance of my booth set-up for my outdoor shows. One of the newest features I have added are two rustic birdcage light fixtures that I made myself. To my surprise these fixtures have become quite the focal point in my booth! So I thought I would share with you this fun DIY outdoor lighting project that is quick, easy, and sure to please!
I wanted to give my outdoor booth a warm welcoming feel, and the appearance of walking into an indoor room. This is what inspired me to create light fixtures! I knew I wanted these fixtures to have a rustic feel, and battery operated lights. With some looking around I found the perfect bird cages to turn into my new featured lighting, and all the supporting materials needed at my local craft store.
TIP: With a little imagination there are lots of possibilities of turning tins, bowls, wired baskets, mason jars, and more into lights. The ideas are endless!
Materials need for this project:
– Wire bird cage or container to transform into a light. One large enough to go around a mason jar.
– 20 oz mason jar
– 18-20 small round LED lights
– 6′ thick rope
– Twine or thin rope cord
– Fishing line and large needle
Step 1: Start by using these halogen lights that require no wires. You simply twist them and they glow for days! They come in a variety of options, I chose the circular white lights as well as the changing color option. You can get these at your local craft store or order them online. Then just pile them into a mason jar.
TIP: Be sure to take your time and face the light side out to showcase their glow.
Step 2: By using a screw driver and a hammer I was able to punch four holes in the mason jar lid. Then, using a thin rope cord I tied thecord through the holes of the lid to the top of the bird cage. This allowed me to wiggle the mason jar into a level position once it was hung.
STEP 3: I chose to hang the lights using a thick 6′ rope. I created a decorative knot around the top of the bird cage, then I sewed it in place with fishing line for strength. I then sewed a large loop at the other end of the rope with the fishing line. This loop must be large enough to put the bird cage through.
To hang I tossed the rope around the center pipe of my tent and put the Bird Cage light through the loop to create a knot at the top of my tent to hang from.
TIP: You can also set these lights out on tables in your outdoor living space rather than hang them.
Step 4: Simply screw the mason jar into the lid and close the cage.
The end results is a stunning creative light center piece that is sure to have your friends talking! These lights would be a great addition to your porch or outdoor entertaining area.
Hope this DIY project inspires you to create!