Garden Globe Lights

Add a magical glow to evenings outdoors and a warm, natural vibe to your patio or garden path. These easy-to-make planters with globe garden lights for planting space and garden decor.

This project combines the modern technology of LED string lights with old-fashioned container gardening to create romantic lighting. We used Irish moss, but other low-growing plants suited to your climate would work just as well. In addition to LED strings, other lights to consider include inexpensive light strings or commercial-grade light strings. Glass light-fixture globes offer the most translucent light; plastic or acrylic ones also set a dreamy mood.

  • Working Time 30 Minutes
  • Start to Finish 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty         Projects Easy
  • Involves Planting, Drilling, Taping

What you need


  • 1 1/4-inch hole saw bit and drill
  • Outdoor extension cord


  • 18- to 20-inch-diameter fiber glass, plastic, or resin bowl planter
  • Two warm-white LED 50-light strings
  • Duct tape
  • White glass or plastic globes: two 4-inch and one 6-inch
  • Three 16-ounce white or clear plastic party cups
  • Potting soil
  • Five 4-inch pots of Irish moss

How to do it

Step 1 Drill a Hole In the Container

Use the drill and hole saw bit to drill a hole approximately 2 inches above ground level into the bowl planter. The hole should be large enough for the male end of a plug to fit through (typically around 1 inch wide). Also make sure the planter has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2 String Lights Through Hole

Thread the male end of the light-string plug through the hole, toward the outside of the pot. Leave a 1- to 2-inch tail on the outside. Cover the hole with duct tape, securing the light string cord.

Step 3 Place Lights In Globes

Insert one-third of the light string into the large globe. Push a plastic cup into the globe, bottom first, to hold the lights in and keep potting soil out.  Wrap duct tape around the base of the globe to secure both cup and light cord. The cup also helps anchor the globe in the soil. Repeat with the small globes.

Step 4 Place Globes in Planter

Carefully set the globes outside the planter while you fill the planter approximately two-thirds full with potting soil. Gently place the globes on the soil. Using your fingers, push soil into the cups and arrange the globes in place. Set the globes at different heights for interest.

Step 5 Plant Moss Around Globes

Plant the Irish moss around and between the globes. To fill small spaces, carefully cut the plants in half, making sure to retain plenty of roots in each section. Wash soil off all the globes as you water the plants. Attach an extension cord to the light-string plug and watch the planter glow.

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