What better way to spruce up that patio, porch, or deck then by adding some awesome eco-friendly lighting?
Too bad that it can set you back a very large chunk of change.
There are SO many options for outdoor eco-friendly lighting, but it always seems like there’s a trade-off to make.
Isn’t there a DIY solution that gets you everything you want out of awesome outdoor lighting and doesn’t brank the bank!
How does a $2 paper shoji lantern with LED lights sound?
They’re trying to go all DIY with an eco-friendly wedding over at Re-Nest, and like all of the rest of us, sticker shock had begun to set in when it comes to pricing outdoor lighting.
“The dinner will be held on a gravel road, lined by olive trees, with the nearest power outlet a good 200 yards away.
Our need? Multiple light light sources that are both cordless and available with minimal cost and minimal waste.”
So often times that’s the case. No one wants extension chords running all over the place, but alternative options are either ridiculously expensive or just not at all practical! Take a look at these solar powered shoji lanterns from Gaiam. They cost $29 each… yikes!
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the awesome folks at Gaiam — and if you’re pockets are deep enough, those lanterns are a great option–but my wallet isn’t even close to that thick. How about yours?
The other cordless alternative to solar powered lighting is battery powered lights. Yeah, those are a little easier on the budget, but we’re talking about measuring usage by hours, not days.
So what’s a non-eco-snob lighting lover to do?
The Cheap and Easy DIY LED Light Solution
The cats at Re-Nest had the great idea to snag some 2nd hand paper lanterns and employ the awesomeness of LED throwies.
Oh you’ve never heard of throwies? Well basically, they consist of an LED light, a small battery, and a magnet. They were originally created as a form of eco-friendly, non-permanent vandalism, but their usefullness extends much further than such a purpose.
What you need:
- First learn to make throwies (which is incredibly easy and requires no soldering)
- If you don’t have a source for 2nd hand paper lanterns like Re-Nest did, check out PaperLanternStore.com. Personally, I like the Round Irregular Ribbed Paper Lanterns…they’re sure to lend an interesting texture to your outdoor living space.
The throwies can be quickly made for somewhere between $.25 and $.50 each, and the paper lanterns can be bought for as little as $1.15. FYI, Two Kids and A Wedding recommend using 3 throwies per lantern.
You know what, these easy DIY lanterns would look awesome with the set of 4 SunJars that you made yourself for under $11 (opposed to spending $39.95 on one of them).
Imagine how great your outdoor living space, patio, garden, deck, or screened in porch will look with these awesome eco-friendly and uber-cheap lanterns! I’m sure you’ve figured this out already, but you could buy different shaped and colored lanterns (and even different colored LEDs) to mix and match and add a unique feel that changes every time you entertain!
What do you think? Will these easy DIY LED lanterns be making an appearance in your outdoor living space this fall? If so, please, please, please send us some pictures of them! You could also post the pictures to The Fun Times Guide to Living Green Facebook fan page.
We LOVE to see your handiwork!