There’s something about the glow of strings lights that can make even the most ordinary space feel magical. Plus the glow is incredibly flattering, so I can’t be held responsible for what magic may happen when you install these outdoor patio and deck lights at home. Here’s an EASY (duh, it’s me) and CHEAP (of course) way to hang string lights on your deck, patio, balcony, garden, backyard– really, ANYWHERE you’d like a little extra glow in minutes flat.
CHECK OUT THIS GLOW, the sun had already set but our deck looked like twilight: I’m going to show you how to do this when you have a deck, but if you don’t have railings or even walls just stick these poles into a large, sturdy planter filled with large rocks or sink it in a form filled with concrete. This one cost $4 and was warped, bad choice but we wanted to be sure it would work before ‘investing’ in the $10 pine 2X2s they have that are stick straight.
We plan to go back and get the pine 2X2s, but quite frankly the warped one has been through a few summer storms thus far and doesn’t suffered one bit. NOTE that you may need to use a shim to support the bottom screw if the edges of the railing are uneven, this will keep your pole straight.
Thankfully the box came with perforations for removing the lights without unscrewing the bulbs. Plug the light set into the extension cord, and string it through the first wall hook and over to the pole. We didn’t tie it tight, but we did make sure they were interlocked at each connection point as well as looped it around the cup hooks to keep it from sliding off. Here’s the rest of the Deck Diaries series, including the final reveal!
Part Four: Our Outdoor Living Room (DIY Deck Makeover Reveal!) For $35 TOTAL (plus the string light set we smashed, ahem) we feel as if we’re on vacation every night.