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Creative Ways to Brighten up Your Yard with String Lights

String lights are so versatile and are great to use for a variety of things. They’re easy to use and aren’t hard to set up. It’s a lot harder to have to wire electricity to a certain spot instead of plugging in string lights and moving them to where you want them. Another great thing about string lights is that they can hang, dangle, or wrap around something. They also give off a cozy and romantic feeling because of their subtle light. If your yard is looking a little boring, don’t fret. String lights will fix that in a snap. Here are some creative ways to brighten up your yard with string lights.

Creative Ways to Use String Lights

Wrap Around Trees

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This idea is so simple and so classic. Use your string lights and wrap them around the trees in your yard. It will light up your entire yard and look amazing. Have a romantic picnic under the shimmering trees, or play some games with friends. You’ll probably have to use some extension cords, but don’t let that stop you from creating something beautiful!

Above a Hammock

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While we’re talking about lights in trees, hang some string lights above your hammock! Hammocks are typically hung in between two trees, so why not hang some string lights on the trees as well. Your hammock space will look so much cozier with lights overhead. You’ll be able to snuggle with a loved one or just relax and have some alone time. 

Make a Fun Background

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Do you have a cement or brick wall in your yard? Does it look boring or does it need a little extra something? Drape some string lights across the wall and you’ll create a fun background in your yard. Put some patio furniture in front of the wall and it’ll look like the perfect setting for a gathering. It’ll also liven up a boring or bland brick wall. 

Light Up Your Shrubs

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Weave string lights throughout the shrubs and bushes around your house. This makes your entire yard sparkle! It’s easy to hide extension cords and wires inside bushes so no one will see any. Your yard will be bright and inviting for everyone that comes over. It also looks great to line plants around your walkway with string lights. That way people can see where they’re going in the dark. 

Be Over the Top

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It’s alright to be over the top especially when your yard could look like this. Go crazy with dozens of string lights all over your porch or covered patio. This look is great for weddings or other special occasions. Or you don’t even need to have a special occasion, just go crazy and enjoy the dazzling beauty of your string lights. 

Be Simple

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On the complete opposite side of extravagant, you have these simple and rustic light poles with a single strand of string lights. Make the light poles yourself, or just use two trees nearby. Hang your string lights over a picnic table for an intimate and beautiful dinner date. The soft and subtle glow of the single string light will make you feel like you’re the only two people in the world. 

Do a lot With a Small Space

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You don’t need to have a backyard to do great with string lights. Even a small apartment can enjoy the beauty of string lights. Decorate your balcony for a cozy, but small space that you’ll be able to enjoy. String the lights across the edge, the ceiling, or the wall of your balcony. It’ll make your small space feel more like home. Add some plants, artwork, or furniture to really create an unforgettable space.

Light Up a Pool

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Night swimming is a fun activity when you have your own swimming pool. Give yourself some extra light to be able to have even more fun while you’re night swimming. String some lights from a window nearby and pull them all the way across the pool. You’ll have a lot more light as you swim and your outdoor pool area will look even better. Putting string lights over your pool will make you never want to come inside. 

Use an Umbrella

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Your outdoor umbrella will be even more handy with the use of string lights. Use your umbrella for shade from the hot sun during the day, but use it for light after the sun goes down. Line the outside of the umbrella with lights, or wrap lights around the poles underneath the umbrella. It’ll be like a pretty little chandelier for your outdoor area. Your outdoor umbrella will have multiple purposes and functions once you hang some string lights from it. 

Above a Patio

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This is a pretty common way to use string lights for outdoor spaces, but for a good reason. Your patio will look so beautiful with twinkling lights hanging from it. Hang the string lights from fence posts, the roof of your house, or light poles. Make parallel lines with the string lights or create a pattern or zig zag. It makes a patio space look and feel so amazing. You’ll always want people to come over to your house for activities, and that’s ok because they’ll love your outdoor space too! Add some other decor to make the space even more comfortable for guests. Comfy chairs, hammocks, or other outdoor furniture are all great additions. 

Make a Lantern

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Make your own lantern by using string lights. Set these lanterns on tables or hang them up around your yard. The lanterns can be seasonal with pine cones and pine needles for Winter, and brightly colored flowers for Spring. These lanterns are super easy to make and can be bought at most craft stores, then all you have to do is add string lights. Or go full on DIY and make your own lantern to hang in your yard. It’ll be fun to create the lanterns and see how much of a difference it’ll make for your yard or special outdoor space. 

Summing Up

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do with string lights. The ideas and possibilities are endless. Use one of these ideas to create something special, or create your own idea that will brighten up your yard. Hang, wrap, drape, line, and dangle your lights to instantly brighten and beautify your yard. You’ll be so happy that you decided to use string lights to create a space that everyone wants to be in. So it’s time to get crackin’ and use those string lights to be creative and make something truly unforgettable. 

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Denali Gillen

I am a farmer’s wife living a farmer’s life. I love having wide open spaces and plenty of space to raise a family. Making the most out of outdoor spaces is something I never get tired of!

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