{DIY} Outdoor Deck Lights for under $10.00

Looking for an inexpensive alternative for Deck Lights. Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own for under $10.00.


I have been looking around for some deck lighting this summer but it is SO expensive and not in our budget. I figured I could make my own for less money, so obviously I drove over to my favorite store,  Dollar Tree.


Here is what I picked up for $12.00. I ended up not needing two of the clothespins packages so I am going to return them (or use them for chip clips).  I picked up clothespins, battery operated tea light candles, and cans of tuna fish.

putting clothespins on

I emptied and washed out the tuna fish cans, and placed the clothespins around the outside of the can.  Then I added a battery operated tea light candle.

What you will need to make your own tea light candles

This is what they look like from above.

kids working on project

This is the perfect DIY to get your kids involved.  They helped me make them all and we had a great time doing it together.  It was a very easy project for them to complete.


I then lined them up along the banister of my deck and waited for the sun to go down.

Deck candles at night

Once it did, they glowed in the dark like real candles and looked beautiful outside!

Looking for an inexpensive alternative for Deck Lights. Check out this easy tutorial on how to make your own for under $10.00.

I am so excited that I was able to create the romantic feel that I wanted around my deck… plus, it was a fun family project, and I spent only $10.00 doing it!



I received all of my organizing supplies at Dollar Tree for this project and spent $10.00!! This post was underwritten by Dollar Tree.  All opinions are my own.  

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  1. Carrie says

    Great job!! They look awesome! I have an idea—what is out there that is run on solar energy, that can maybe replace the battery operated tea lights ? So they come on automatically and save on batteries? Hmmmm….I have to search!! Little solar lights have to be somewhere. Lol I don’t know how you do all that you do :) Carrie

  2. Joy says

    My hubby bought five $2 small solar path lights at Walmart. Then, he drilled small holes in the corners of our deck railing and inserted the lights in the holes so we could have mood lighting out there. Love your idea , too! :)

  3. [email protected] says

    How cool is that! You go, girl!!

  4. Claudia Hirst says

    I bought 15 $1.00 solar lights at Walmart. Stuck them in every flower pot and in my fairy garden. Come night time it’s beautiful on our patio! Lights up the fairy garden so the fairies can do their work too!

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