How to Hang Party Lights in The Backyard


Many people think that outdoor lights are reserved only for the Christmas season, however, outdoor party lights are an easy way to dress up any backyard. Whether you are hosting a casual gathering of friends or grilling with your family, outdoor party lights add elegance to any occasion and enhance your outdoor setting.

Things You'll Need

  • Outdoor lights
  • Hooks and/or plastic gutter clips
  • Ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Heavy-duty extension cord
  • Measure along the ground the area you plan to illuminate. Be sure to allow additional length if you plan to drape lighting. Lay the lights on the ground and do a visual inspection, looking for any breaks in the wire. Plug the lights in and replace any missing or burned out bulbs.

  • Set up the ladder unless you have low-hanging eaves. Be sure to set the ladder on level ground. Test the ladder's stability by stepping on the first rung. It is always best to have someone standing close by to keep the ladder steady.

  • Attach hooks by screwing them into the eaves just below the roofline at approximately 12-inch intervals. This allows you to hang or drape strings of light without using staples. For additional lighting, you may also want to attach hooks into wooden deck railing or patio covers. If attaching lighting to guttering, use plastic clips, which are available at any home improvement store and are designed specifically for this task.

  • Hang the lights beginning with the plug closest to an outlet. Carefully lift the string of lights and gently place them on the small hooks or guttering clips. Connect a second or third strand of lights using the male/female plug ends.

  • Plug in your lights once you have them placed to your taste. An outdoor plug receptacle is ideal for this. If one is not available, use a heavy-duty extension cord. Plug the extension cord into the string of lights and then plug in the extension cord.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also want to add lighting to bushes and trees. There are light nets available that are designed to go over bushes. You can also arrange strings of lights in your shrubbery for a more intricate look. For trees, you can wrap the trunk and any lower branches for a stunning display of lights. Follow all safety procedures.

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