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How to Hang String Lights in Your Backyard Without Trees

When it comes to creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in your backyard, string lights are a must-have. They add a touch of warmth that’s perfect for entertaining or simply enjoying a quiet evening outdoors.

But what if you don’t have any trees in your backyard to hang those enchanting lights from? Don’t worry! This DIY will show you how to hang string lights in your backyard without trees.

You can now transform your outdoor space into a twinkling oasis! Let’s Jump in!

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Hang String Lights in Your Backyard without Trees

  1. Find A Location

    First things first, you need to decide where you want to hang your string lights. If you haven’t already, take a moment to organize your garage. Now might be just the time to make sure you can find all your tools before you start

    Take a moment to envision the area where you’ll be entertaining guests or spending most of your time. Will it be on the deck, by the pool, or maybe near a cozy fire pit? Think of string lights as the accent lighting for your backyard. Once you have that spot in mind, you can start planning your string light installation.

  2. Plan Your Layout

    Once you have chosen the perfect location, it’s time to plan your layout. Consider the shape and size of the area and visualize how you want the lights to be arranged.

    Do you want them to crisscross the space or follow the perimeter? We recommend sketching out your ideas on paper to help you visualize the final look. Once you’ve measured the area, you can order the proper length of lights. Be sure to order a couple of extra feet too in case you want the lights to swoop a little bit. Step 2 plan your layout. A person about to write on a notebook

  3. Hang Your Lights

    Now that you have your layout planned, it’s time to hang those beautiful outdoor string lights. These backyard lighting ideas are a creative way to show you how to hang string lights without trees:String lights hung up outside near a window

Over Your Deck

What You’ll Need:

Find a start and end point you would like to hang your lights from. We recommend choosing railings that are the furthest distance apart from one another.

Take the VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Rolls and cut strips to the length of one railing. Wrap the fastener around one of your light poles and the railing. Do this at least three times per pole and then repeat on the other side.

Since you’ve measured the distance between each pole, attach the cable clamps to the appropriate-length cable.

Then string your lights across your deck. Wrap the VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties around every second or third light to secure them to the cable.

Once you’ve completed this DIY, your lights are fully secured and won’t be knocked over by the wind.

On A Patio or Deck Railing

how to hang string lights in a railing

If you have a patio or deck with a railing, you can easily hang string lights using VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Rolls.

Cut small sections of the rolls and wrap them around the railing.

Then attach the lights to the rolls.

how to hang string lights in a railing

This method allows for easy installation and removal whenever you want to change the setup.

Along a Fence

string lights hung up around a fence

One simple and effective way to hang string lights is by attaching them along a fence.

Use hooks to secure the lights to the top of the fence, making sure they are evenly spaced.

This method works well if you have a solid fence that can support the weight of the lights.

On Other Shrubbery

string lights wrapped around a shrub and or a tress

Get creative and use other elements in your backyard to hang the string lights.

If you have shrubs, bushes, or even a vertical garden, you can drape the lights over them, creating a whimsical and charming effect.

Use solar-powered lights in place of ones that require an outlet, that way you don’t have to worry about finding a power source for each shrub.

How to Hang String Lights FAQ

Now that you know how to hang string lights without trees, let’s address some common questions that may arise:

How high should backyard string lights be hung?

The height at which you hang your backyard string lights depends on personal preference and the size of your space. As a general guideline, aim for a height of 8 to 10 feet above the ground to ensure your space is fully lit and no one walks into the lights.a person fixing a bulb on a string light

What Outdoor lights are the best?

When selecting outdoor lights for your backyard, think about the color of your bulbs and their energy efficiency.
Try to opt for warm white or yellow lights. They create a soft glow for a more cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Make sure the lights are energy efficient: LED lights are a great choice for outdoor use, as they are long-lasting.

Does hanging string lights in the backyard attract bugs?

While bugs are naturally attracted to light, hanging string lights in your backyard doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have an influx of insects.
To minimize bug attraction, consider using LED lights with a lower color temperature, as they tend to attract fewer bugs than traditional incandescent bulbs.

How often should you change your outdoor lights?

Outdoor lights, including string lights, can last anywhere from 5-10 years with proper maintenance. However, it’s always a good idea to inspect them regularly and replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
Clean the lights periodically to remove dirt and debris and store them indoors during harsh weather conditions to prolong their lifespan.string lights hung up across an outdoor patio set on a deck

Hanging string lights in your backyard without trees is not only possible but also a fantastic way to create a magical and inviting outdoor space.

By following these simple steps and getting creative with your installation, you can enjoy the beauty of twinkling lights, transforming your backyard into a cozy retreat.

So, grab your string lights, pick the perfect location, and let the enchantment begin!

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