13 Dreamy Ways to Use String Lights In Your Backyard

Affordable (and completely adorable), string lights enhance the atmosphere of outdoor spaces big and small. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas.

backyard string lights
Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn; Stephen Michael Photography, Kansas City; Home Depot

Nothing says "summer" like warm nights spent in your backyard, and you can easily up the ambience by adding string lights. Summer will never be the same.

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In the Trees
backyard string lights hammock
Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn

Is there anything more soothing than a hammock gently swinging under string lights? This easy-to-pull-off setup is guaranteed to be your favorite spot to relax.

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Above a Porch
backyard string lights porch
Max Kim-Bee

String lights are an easy, affordable way to turn your porch into an enchanting oasis. Let them drape from the ceiling or a railing, or hang them from a wall.

On a Garden Pergola
backyard string lights pergola
Courtesy of Kojo Designs

Use three vintage ladders to construct this sweet mini pergola, a perfect place to hang lights or use as a backdrop for photos.

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Light Up Your Trees
backyard string lights trees
Courtesy of Stephen Michael Photography, Kansas City

Create a romantic spot by twisting a string of white lights around a cluster of trees in your backyard. Not only will this create an enchanting place to sit in the evenings, but it will be charming to look at from inside your home.

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Make Your Own Chandelier
backyard string lights chandelier
Courtesy of All Things Heart and Home

Grapevine balls, white lights, twine and a branch turn into an easy-to-make, rustic chandelier you can hang from a porch or patio.

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Rustic Overhang
backyard string lights overhang
Home Depot

Make these DIY string light poles to create a simple overhang for your backyard picnic table.

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Go Overboard
backyard string lights ceiling
Courtesy of 25 Main Street

If you're planning to go all out for a special summer party, opt for a more extravagant look by hanging dozens of strings of lights on a patio or porch's ceiling.

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Add Color
backyard string lights color

Mix string lights with colorful bunting, both courtesy of Terrain.

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On a Vertical Garden

About these adorable string lights (and a NBD view)... Feeling so inspired. ❤️

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Brighten your vertical garden by hanging glowing orbs around your plants.

Stargazer Chandelier
backyard string lights chandelier

This Terrain favorite combines a rustic moss wreath with cascading lights to create an instantly romantic ambience.

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Light Up Your Fence

By simply adding a string of lights to your fence, you create a glowing border that will make your backyard feel like even more of a haven.

DIY "Texas Lamp Post"
backyard string lights lamp post
Courtesy of I Should Be Mopping the Floor

A term made up by blogger Kristi, "Texas Lamp Posts" can create the feeling of an outdoor room, especially when vintage lights are added.

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Try Rope Lighting

Use rope lighting to cast a soft glow to define landscape features.

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