Outdoor string lights are a great upgrade to your outdoor living space that extends the time you can spend enjoying your backyard. After all, you’ve already put in the time to make your lawn and garden space look awesome. Now, it’s time to show it off.
There are a host of outdoor lighting solutions to choose from, but installing them can be both involved and expensive. But, an easy DIY alternative is to simply hang string lights in your yard or around your patio. In this Exmark Done-In-A-Weekend Projects video, expert landscape designer, Doug Scott, demonstrates how to hang simple, cost-effective outdoor string lighting.
String lights are a simple and cost-effective solution for illuminating outdoor spaces. Best of all, you can create a look that reflects your personal style using our downloadable string light pattern guide.
Steps to Hang String Lights
String or strand lighting will add after-dark pizzazz to your outdoor living space without breaking the bank.
This is a Done-In-A-weekend Project. Time needed: 2 days.
Follow the steps below to ensure your backyard lighting project is a success.
- Research the style of lights you want to use.
- Sketch an outline or design of how you want the lights to look.
You may want to string the lights criss-cross across or just around the perimeter of the patio. Knowing your design will help you determine how many strands of lights you need.
- Determine the install equipment you may need
You may need extra equipment such as an extension cord or hardware to hang the lights. Make sure that all hardware is weatherproof and can be used outdoors.
- Measure the area.
You’ll want to measure where you’ll hang your lights (be sure to leave room for slack and to reach the outlet).
- Determine where to make strand connections
When you begin hanging lights, make sure string connections are in a discrete location.
- Install light hooks
- Hang the lights
To avoid breakage, be sure to remove all of the bulbs from the light strings before hanging them. Once the strings are hung, install one bulb in each strand and test it to make sure it works. Then add the remaining bulbs.
- Reveal your space
Now it’s time to light up your backyard living space and kick back and enjoy!