Is anyone else getting a little bummed out by all the dark and gloomy days this winter? I am definitely ready to let a little more light into my life. And since the sun refuses to answer my demands of fast-forwarding to long summer days, I thought I would take it upon myself to brighten things up! (HAHA GET IT?! Ok, point taken. Moving on.)
I’ve always loved the idea of bringing the outdoors inside my home, but I never knew the best way to do it. All of the pretty and natural patterns in wood, flowers, and the like give an amazing rustic feel to a home. Similarly, I’m such a sucker for lighting and the way it defines a space while still maintaining function. In the interest of bringing these two inspirations together, I went in search of tutorials for outdoorsy lighting. And let me tell you, there are some seriously gorgeous ways to incorporate nature into your light scheme using real outdoor items right from your backyard or nearby store — and most of them are pretty easy to do! If you’re looking for some new ways to bring light into your home, check these out! They’ll have you grabbing your crafting tools in no time — but just be careful and aware when using wood and hot light sources so they don’t become fire hazards. Now, let’s get started:
1. Bark String Lights
Birch bark is one of the most unique and distinguishable patterns in nature, not to mention, a personal favorite. Unsurprisingly, this bark looks just as great as a lamp shade, as it does in its natural habitat.
2. Moss Lanterns
Aren’t these whimsical lights great? Kids will love their fairy- and firefly-like appearance. With battery twinkle lights, these would look amazing at an evening party. And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good mason jar craft?
(via Lil Blue Boo)
3. Flower Pendant Light
How gorgeous is this pendant light? All of those pretty colors together are perfection! And you can either choose to let the flowers dry, or replace them with a new material as you see fit.
(via Paper & Stitch)
4. Sand Lanterns
This is such a clever idea: use the sand to both hold the candle in place and add a nice outdoorsy element. The leather strap adds a sort of equestrian edge, too.
(via North Story)
5. Twig Votives
These cute (and super easy) twig votives would be great for using at a dinner party, or just to keep on the mantel. What a fun craft to make with your older kids!
(via Freut Cake)