DIY Porch Lighting

DIY Porch LightingWhen I showed you how to make a real ivy topiary, there were a few people who asked to see the topiaries lit at night. I aim to please so here I am. I’m also sharing a few DIY porch lighting ideas. This is DIY at its best too…all you need are a few extension cords!

Ivy Topiaries with lightsEven though we haven’t turned the clocks back yet, it’s getting dark very early. It was definitely time to hook up the lights on the topiaries. It’s really very simple. I use two extension cords. In the picture below I show you how I ran the first one. I plugged it into the light cord on the LEFT planter. It runs down behind the planter, sort of under the door mat, and up behind the planter on the RIGHT. It’s plugged into extension cord #2.

DIY Porch Lighting Extension Cord #1Extension cord #1 and the lights on the RIGHT topiary plug into extension cord #2. It runs down the back of the planter along the edge of the porch and over to the outlet.

DIY Porch Lighting Extension Cord #2I have the topiaries hooked up to a remote control so I can turn them on and off from inside the house. Definitely a must in the cold weather. 

Front Porch at NightThe ivy on the topiaries has filled in better than ever before. The pic below is how they looked back in August when I planted the ivy. I have been faithfully watering them and it has definitely paid off. 

Make Your Own Real Ivy TopiaryIn addition to the porch lights and topiaries, I always have a lamp in the sitting area of the porch. I don’t always turn it on…but it’s nice to be able to add a little charm when I want to. 

Porch LightingThere is no outlet over there either so I have to run an extension cord from the porch into our garage. I don’t have any probllems with the garage door operating correctly even though it sits on the cord. I use a heavier, outside extension cord for this.

Porch Sitting AreaIf you live in an older home you most likely don’t have any outside lighting other than porch lights. I love the way newer homes are lit all over. I can’t get that look, but I can highlight my porch and easily brighten things up. Anyone can do this…you don’t need topiaries in planters. Put small boxwood in pots and add lights. Use just the grapevine topiary without ivy or use any type of faux greenery. I’ve had years of practice trying to get the look I want while working within my limitations. Don’t let your limitations hold you back!

I’ll be here over the weekend with more on my latest wreath update. I really wanted to try a circle of pumpkins and it actually worked! See you then…as always thank you for stopping by. I love it when you visit.

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DIY Porch Lighting