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Outdoor Fairy Lights

Nothing beats cafe-style string lights for their ability to quickly improve the ambiance in an outdoor space. In the evening, their soft glow overhead can visually transform an ordinary patio into a party-ready spot for hosting friends or cheer up a dim walkway with an inviting luminescence. Read more

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Nothing beats cafe-style string lights for their ability to quickly improve the ambiance in an outdoor space. In the evening, their soft glow overhead can visually transform an ordinary patio into a party-ready spot for hosting friends or cheer up a dim walkway with an inviting luminescence.

Outdoor string lights are a cinch to put up if you have the perfectly positioned trees or fence. If you don’t have trees, a fence or another tall outdoor object, it doesn’t take much — just a little more time and a few additional supplies — to set up any outdoor space for cafe lights. Here’s how to hang string lights over your deck, patio, balcony, garden or anywhere else you’d like a little extra glow.

Tools and Materials
Commercial-grade outdoor string lights
Outdoor extension cord (if you don’t have an exterior outlet where you need one)
Tape measure
Pencil or painters tape
Metal hooks and eyes
Drill
Ladder
For string lights strung over a large expanse:
String light suspension kit (includes wire cable and suspension hardware like turnbuckles, snap hooks, lock clamps and pad eyes with screws )
Wire cutters
For yards without trees or other tall supports:
10-foot-long wooden posts or 10-foot-long metal poles (electrical metal tubing, aka EMT or thin-wall, is available at home improvement stores in 10-foot lengths, which you may need to cut)
Hammer
Nails or screws (if attaching to a fence)
Sturdy planters or weighted buckets filled with concrete and a PVC pipe slot in center (one planter or bucket for each post)
18-inch-long metal rebar stakes (one for each pole; needed only if using EMT and mounting lights over a lawn)
Cable ties

Before You Start

1. Choose where to hang your outdoor lights. Pick a spot outside where you’d like to hang your string lights and identify a power source. If you don’t have an exterior outlet where you need one, be sure to have an outdoor extension cord handy.

2. Measure for length and roughly choose your light configuration. Before purchasing string lights, run a tape measure along the distance you’d like to hang lights, including any zigzags or crisscrosses for the configuration. This can be a fairly rough estimate, such as three times across a 25-foot-wide patio; just get a sense of the length of lights you need.

3. Purchase the cords and lights, and gather all materials. Skip the cheap string lights and invest in commercial-grade patio lights marked for outdoor use, which are more durable and waterproof, and can be used permanently outdoors or year after year.

Commercial-grade string lights often come with the cord and bulbs sold separately. For the cord, you can choose among gauges ranging from 14 to 18, and among standard lengths like 24 feet, 48 feet, 100 feet, 165 feet and even up to 300 or more feet. Each strand specifies which bulbs are compatible with the sockets. Choose a thicker 14-gauge cord if you plan to purchase longer strands of lights. Choose between long-lasting LED light bulbs or traditional incandescent bulbs, which have a warmer glow. When you’re buying the bulbs, get a few extra to have on hand for replacements.

How to Hang String Lights

1. Identify where mounting support is needed. Lay out your string light cords along the ground — or have a friend help you hold them up — in the configuration you’ve chosen. Mark an X with a pencil or place a piece of painters tape where you need support to hold them up.

Trees, fences, porches, pergola roofs or the eaves of your house are perfect existing supports if they’re in the right place. If they are, mark where you’ll need to install mounting hooks. Don’t have perfectly positioned natural supports? Learn how to hang outdoor string lights in a backyard without trees below.

2. Install mounting hardware or use a string light suspension kit — or both. There are two ways to mount string lights: on their own or attached to a sturdy wire as part of a light suspension kit. Mounting to a wire isn’t necessary, but it can help maintain tension if you’re hanging string lights over a larger expanse, and it can provide more support if your backyard is breezy.

Hanging without a wire: To hang the patio lights without a wire, screw a cup hook into the wall, fence, pergola or tree trunk to use as mounting. (You may need to drill a hole first, before putting in the screw.)

Hanging with a wire: If you’re using a wire, you can purchase a wire hanging kit that comes with a cable wire and suspension hardware (turnbuckles, snap hooks, pad eyes and lock clamps). Install according to the instructions included with the kit.

3. Hang patio lights. Once you’ve installed your cup hooks or strung up your wire, you’re ready to put up the lights. Plug the lights directly into an exterior outlet or into an outdoor extension cord and position the first bulb next to the mounting hardware. Once you’ve checked this spacing, unplug the lights to hang the rest of the string. Work your way across the yard to hang the string lights between mounts, following the pattern you envisioned.

Once all lights are up, once again plug the string lights into the exterior outlet or extension cord plugged into an outlet. You can use electrical staples to keep the extension cord tight against the wall of a house or down a post.