I am hoping that in September and October we will have some amazing 70 degree nights. The kind that make you want to sit outside for hours with a nice glass of wine! Get inspired to spend more time on your patio by hanging string lights. It has become a great way to dress up the outside for entertaining or just relaxing! Follow the below fool proof guide from BHG to hang them up:
What You Need
- String lights and bulbs
- Wood-bearing drill bit slightly smaller than your screw eyes
- Screw eyes
- Mini metal carabiners
- Outdoor extension cord
- Outlet timer, if desired
Step 1: Select Anchor Points
Lay string lights around the perimeter of your deck. Eyeball where you would like each strand to hang, and adjust lights until they're in desired position. Make sure the plug is near a power outlet. Using a ladder and a pencil, mark the rough placement of each light on your deck's overhang.
Step 2: Install Screw Eyes
Predrill holes in marked locations, then twist a screw eye into each hole.
Editor's Tip: How you want your lights to hang determines how many holes to drill and how many screw eyes to install. If you want taut lights that stretch around the deck, install a screw eye for every light. If you'd like your lights to swag, install eyes every other or every third light.
Step 3: Attach Carabiners
Use mini metal carabiners to attach the lights to the screw eyes. Simply thread the carabiner through the hole at the top of each light, then thread it through the eye of the screw. This installation makes it extremely easy to install and take down the lights as desired.
Step 4: Install Light Bulbs
Place one bulb in the socket of each light. Twist until the bulb is secure.
Editor's Tip: We used Edison-style bulbs for our deck, but you can use any desired light bulbs. Keep in mind that while LED bulbs have a distinct look, they'll save energy if you plan to use your lights frequently throughout the year.
Step 5: Attach Power
Attach the outlet on the string lights to an extension cord. Snake the cord down to your power source, and plug it in. Secure the cord to a wall or a post with cord clips. If desired, install an outlet timer so your lights automatically turn on and off.