4 Ways to Hang Outdoor String Lights

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With summertime in full swing, the blogosphere is packed with visuals of twinkling lights hanging elegantly over styled tabletop decor, prompting Pinterest inspired backyard soirees all over. String lights are perfect for adding a little magic to your patio and essential to setting the mood for a fanciful night with friends–but when your backyard isn’t structured to hang them, it’s hard to recreate that whimsical look. For those of us with complicated outdoor spaces, we’ve rounded up a few clever ideas for hanging string lights that will make your yard feel as chic and design-savvy as those Pinboards.

1. Concrete String Light Poles via City Farmhouse

A classic and easy DIY, this project involves some light painting and concrete mixing. The trick here is to anchor a wooden pole inside a concrete filled pot and fasten a hook to the top of the pole. Create multiple concrete poles and you have the perfect structures for hanging string lights around your patio, dining table, or deck. Painting your pots will add bold pops of color to your patio.

2. Rustic String Light Poles via J. Sorelle

A fresh take on concrete poles, these chic tree trunks and their single string of bulbs add rustic romance to this dinner setting. Created using a 5 gallon bucket, concrete mix, and some WD-40, this simple project is an example of the clever materials you can use to create your own potted pole.

3. Umbrella String Lights via HGTV

If DIY’s aren’t your thing, and umbrellas are, string lights look just as chic hanging from your patio parasol as they do from a set of concrete poles. Hanging bulbs throughout the frame of an umbrella is a very simple way to add some whimsy to your backyard and extra lighting to your dinner.

4. Trellis String Lights via Homedit

More of a DIY inspiration, draping lights from a trellis against the walls of the house is an easy and elegant way to add lighting to your patio, especially when it’s tough to hang them elsewhere. A quick trip to Home Depot, a can of $5 stain, and a set of bistro lights is all it takes to create this simple project. Similarly, this can be done with wooden pallets leaned against the walls.

How do you hang your string lights outdoors? Let us know in the comments!

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