DIY: How does your garden glow?

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


Exterior lighting is often overlooked, explains Vancouver landscape designer Kari Renaud, “But it extends the time you can be outside enjoying your garden or inside looking out at it.”

Recycled materials and features are still a big design trend this upcoming spring season, so this garden night light from Renaud is the perfect DIY accessory.

Any type of geometric shape sturdy enough to handle outside elements will work for this project, and the landscape designer recommends DIYers experiment with colour. Instead of using white LED lights, readers could also repurpose multicoloured Christmas lights or use a coloured globe.

Expert advice

Renaud will be on hand at the BC Home and Garden Show running Feb. 19-23 at BC Place. Visit her Lily Design booth or see her green thumb in action at the Living Melodies garden exhibit featuring 7,000 sq.-ft. of patio furniture, water features and blossoms.

DIY garden night light sculpture



1 glass ceiling lamp globe light fixture (found at most vintage stores or Habitat for Humanity, previously used as an interior light), 1 string of Christmas lights, 1 can of frosted spray paint (if glass orb is clear).

How to:

  • Remove the glass globe from the rest of the fixture. If the glass globe is clear and translucent, spray the outside with two coats of Frosted Glass Spray Paint (follow directions from can). Allow to dry.
  • Wrap the lights into a ball and place them into the globe, leaving the cord out.
  • Place the globe with the lights in the garden, cover the cord with soil or place among plants so it isn’t seen. Plug in and enjoy a modern night light sculpture.

Julia Dilworth is a national DIY columnist and travel, beauty and home decor journalist. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth, email her at julia.dilworth[at] or visit her website

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