This outdoor string lights project was a spontaneous DIY patio project that we tackled during Thanksgiving break. It was affordable, under $500, and not permanent so perfect for renters or short-term updates.
Our Current Backyard
Most of the reason why we bought this house was because of the yard. Large lot, mature landscape with trees that change with the seasons and remind me of my childhood in the midwest. We have big plans for the yard but we also have to take some time and save the money for the dream renovation. In the meantime, I wanted to update the patio area with some string lights to not only add some much needed lighting but also make it more cozy. So like all of my grand ideas, I headed to Lowes to tackle this outdoor sting lights project.
You don’t need a lot for this DIY outdoor string light project and the most expensive item is going to be the string lights. Download the supply list for free here so you can bring it to your favorite hardware store.
How to hang outdoor string lights
Since this isn’t our forever patio, I didn’t want to create a permanent structure, which makes this outdoor sting lights project perfect for people who are renting or not in a home long term.
- Measure your space both for the amount of lights you’ll need and the space you have for the planters that will hold the outdoor string lights pole.
- Head to Lowes and get the supplies.
- Sand, stain and seal the poles.
- Attach the hooks – make sure to do this at the same spot on each pole so that when you hang your outdoor string lights they are even.
- Set your planters in place – it’s easier to fill them where you want them vs trying to lug heavy pots into place.
- Mix the concrete – I used a quick mix that didn’t need much stirring. Make sure to leave room if you are planning to plant on the top.
- Set the poles in place and make sure they are level.
- Wait. Give the concrete a day to fully dry before you cover it or hang your lights.
- Cover it to give it a finished look. I drilled holes at the fill line, put in a layer of rocks and filled it with soil.
- Hang your lights.
Best outdoor string lights
Once you have your poles in place, there are a ton of options for the actual lights. Since we did this project on Thanksgiving weekend, I used some round colorful lights that we didn’t use on the house. Once the holiday’s are over, I’ll switch them out to white string lights. The outdoor string light options seem to be endless, LED, solar, Edison bulbs or round. Here are a few of my favorites:
Portfolio 24-ft 12-Light Shade Plug-in Bulbs LED String Lights at Lowes.
Amazon Outdoor String Lights 25 Feet G40 Globe Patio Lights
Magictec LED Shatterproof String Lights Commercial Grade
Enbrighten Vintage Seasons LED Warm White & Color Changing Café String Lights
Solar String Lights Outdoor 60 Led 35.6 Feet Crystal Globe Lights