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10 Ways to add some twinkle to your summer nights

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Light it up

Add twinkle and ambiance to your summer nights with these fun and functional indoor and outdoor lighting options.

Wine bottle tiki torches

Blue bottles

Add a little tropical flicker to your next summer soiree with these cobalt blue wine bottle tiki torches. Make your own or pick up a pair online. (Etsy, $44)

Globe string lights

Outside patio

String up these clear globe lights (Target, $15) and your patio will be party-ready all summer long.

Iron petals pendant lamps

Hanging vine lights

Bring the outdoors in with these gorgeous iron petals lamps. (Anthropologie, $148-$348)

Mason jar lanterns

Mason jar latterns

It doesn't get much easier than adding wire hangers (Etsy, $37)  to Mason jars and popping in tea lights. Voila — instant lanterns.

Tin can lanterns

Tin can latterns

Photo credit: Grow Creative

These gorgeous, colorful lanterns are made from recycled tin cans. Get a step-by-step tutorial on the blog Grow Creative.

Paper lanterns

Paper latterns

Photo credit: Illumene

Light up paper lanterns (Save-on-crafts, prices vary) with battery-operated LED lights and turn your backyard into a magical wonderland.

Rechargeable outdoor lights

Outdoor solar latterns

These Moonlight rechargeable outdoor patio lights ($825 and up) are nearly indestructible. Made from waterproof polyethylene, these remote-controlled glowing orbs are built to take the extreme heat of summer and the freezing cold of winter.

Paper bag luminarias

Paper bag latterns

Welcome guests with a walkway lined with paper bag luminarias. Make your own with lunch sacks, sand and tea lights (preferably battery-operated ones, for safety) or buy a luminaria kit. (Target, $20-$60)

Floating pool lights

Floating pool latterns

Bring gorgeous ambiance to a backyard barbecue by floating these water lanterns (Amazon, $4) in the swimming pool.

Indoor twinkle lights

Indoor strung lights

Summer nights are perfect for snuggling up in a cozy fort or teepee strung with white twinkle lights. (Banana J Creations, $199) 

More summer lighting ideas

Bright ideas for summer outdoor lighting
20 Crazy ways to light up your backyard
Update your outdoor lighting with lanterns

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