String lights are an easy way to add a little homey feeling to your backyard or patio. And what’s great about string lights is that they can make a tremendous impact on the ambiance of your outdoor spaces while also being simple to hang.
But what happens if you don’t have any trees in your backyard? Should you give up on the idea entirely? Of course not. Although hanging string lights from trees is the most obvious method, it is not the only one. It is entirely possible, and simple to hang these lights without the use of any trees at all.
In this article, we will be providing you with different ideas you can implement to achieve this task with ease.
Hanging The Lights From Posts
The first way to hang them is to install posts where you want the lights to be. If there is a terrace or a deck right outside your sliding glass doors, you could hang the lights using the house as an anchor point. And to illuminate the whole deck area, you will only need two wooden posts at the end of the deck.
However, if the house is not involved in the process, you’ll need a minimum of four posts (6 depending on the size of the area) to create the space where you’ll be stringing the lights.
Here is what you will need:
- 6 Big Planters
- Some spray paint of your preferred color
- Some drop cloth
- Six posts 2″ x 2″ x 8′
- Painting Tape
- Six cup hooks
- 4 × 50-pound bags of concrete mix
- One stick for stirring
- Some water
- Potting soil
- A 100-foot-long string of lights
Painting The Planters And The Posts
Clean the planters with a moist cloth and dry them thoroughly. Place them upside down on a drop cloth and coat with spray paint. Continue to apply additional layers of paint as needed to achieve complete coverage. Turn the planters over and paint the inside of the rim once the outside layer has dried.
If desired, use painter’s tape to mask off the remaining 5′′ of the post and paint one end. Allow the paint to dry completely before masking off the end of the painted piece, leaving approximately 1′′ of the band exposed.
Paint the other band and allow it to dry completely before removing the painter’s tape. In the center of each post where the two colors meet, place a cup hook.
Filling The Planter With The Concrete Mix
Put the unpainted end of a post inside the planters. Then distribute the dry concrete mix evenly among the pots. To determine the amount of water for each planter, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, then mix with a stick until it’s well incorporated.
Make the post plumb by using a level on one side. Tape the post down on both sides with painter’s tape to keep it in place. Allow the concrete to harden according to the directions once it has been leveled and the post has been installed.
Adding The Plants
After the concrete has fully hardened, add approximately 3′′ of gravel. Then top the gravel with the potting soil and lightly pack it down.
You can now add whatever plants you chose to decorate your planters. When deciding on which plants to use, keep the position of the posts in mind. If you have a shady backyard, find out which plants are excellent for shade. Or if on the other hand, they’ll be exposed to the sunlight, choose ones that will thrive under those conditions.
Now It’s Time To String The Lights
Set up the planters in a rectangle shape, with no more than 10′ between them. Connect one of the cup hooks to one end of the string lights. If there is no hook, you might alternatively use cable ties or twist ties. String the lights around your pots to create an outline.
Once you’ve created a rectangular outline with string lights, start zigzagging them from side to side, spacing them equally. To make things easier, you may start by setting the lights on the ground beneath the rectangle to get a sense of where they should go.
As you did with the beginning of the light string, secure the opposite end of the cup hook. Finally, connect an outdoor-safe extension cord to an outlet and enjoy your newly installed lights.
Hanging The Lights Along A Fence
Using string lights around your fence is a simple and easy method to add some outdoor illumination to your backyard. This procedure involves few resources and is as easy as can be.
This is what you will need:
- A string of lights
- Some support posts
- A metal mounting hooks
- A hammer
- Some nails
Begin by identifying where the power supply for your lights will be and whether an external extension cord will be required. As you layout your lights, keep the location of the power source in mind.
String your lights along the exterior of the fence to get an idea of how much length you’ll need and where you’ll need support posts. Have someone assist you with holding one end while you hold the other one. This way, you can see exactly what they’ll look like after they’ve been hung up.
Choosing The Wooden Posts
Depending on the string lights you choose, you’ll need a strong enough wooden post to keep them up. When selecting the posts, make sure that they are of the same length, size, and shape. This is where the pain comes in if you feel like giving them some color.
Installing Mounting Hooks
It is critical to properly attach mounting hooks to keep your string lights in place. Screw the mounting hooks into the wooden post and tighten them down firmly.
Now We Install The Posts
Attach the wooden posts to the fence securely using a hammer and nails. Measure your posts with tape to ensure that they are set at an even height and that your lights hang evenly.
You can space the posts any way you like, as long as they look nice to you and are far enough apart to support the lights.
The Hanging Of The Lights
Once everything is in place, you may start hanging your lights. Begin by connecting the lights to an outlet or an outside extension cord. To check the spacing, place the first bulb or light next to the mounting hardware. Unplug the lights and replace them with the rest of your string lights.
Work your way along the fence, hanging the lights on each of the supports. If you choose to, you can hang the lights directly to the fence using mounting hooks built into the fence. This is also a practical and easy way.
Hanging String Lights On The Patio Ceiling
Adding string lights to your patio ceiling is a simple task that will look stunning when completed.
And here is what you need:
- String Lights
- A few hooks
- A pole or a post
- A planter
- Heavy gravel
Find Existing Supports To Hang The Lights
There are numerous patterns to choose from if you go with this option. You might either select a single location from which many light strands will extend from your patio to additional supports, or you could spread them out evenly.
Examine your patio ceiling for existing sites that are solid enough to mount your lights, and mark which spots you’ll hang your lights from using tape.
Once you’ve determined which locations are strong enough to support your lights, you want to ensure that the strands can reach from one spot to the next.
During this process, you may discover that there are a few spots that work well for installing your lights but have a few gaps where support is lacking.
If this happens, you can simply make your own supports using some wooden posts and planters like we discussed before.
Now you can simply add some hooks to the supports or use some zip ties to secure the lights. Make sure to hang your lights loosely to allow for some wiggle room.
Adding a cool atmosphere to your garden is easy if you put some string lights around it. Although taking advantage of the trees a back may have is the first option for many people, there are lots of other ways to place string lights in your backyard that do not require trees.
Have fun doing this with members of your family. After all the hard work your lawn will be transformed, and everybody will love it!