10 Ways to add some twinkle to your summer nights

Jun 24, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET

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) 

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