Barbecues, pool parties, fireworks displays…the best parts of summer are those that take place en plein air. Whether you’re beautifying your backyard in anticipation of the season’s infinite entertaining opportunities or just want to give the kids a well-lit space where they can wear out their energy before bedtime, creative outdoor lighting is key. Past sunset, the warmth, liveliness and overall vibe of your outdoor area depend on whether you go subtle or ornate, colorful or muted, string or standing.
Whatever your style, you don’t need to cut into your summer getaway budget to realize your dream patio, deck, garden, terrace--whatever outdoor space you call your own. Click through the slideshow above for 10 enchanting DIY backyard lighting ideas that’ll transform your outdoor décor (and perhaps even keep the mosquitos away).