15 Totally Fun String Lights That'll Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Three words: mini popsicle lights.

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Before it gets too far into summer party season, you may want to consider giving your backyard just a little bit more personality. You've got your patio furniture on lock, your grill is just waiting to be used, but your outdoor space can always use a little more fun, right? The easiest way to make that happen without spending a ton of money is to add a set of string lights or two. Whether you go for lights that are a little more kitschy or decorative lights that will add a touch more style to your yard, you really can't go wrong.

And not only can string lights up your chic factor, they're also totally functional (because let's be honest: Your party is not ending before daylight does). To help you make your yard the best it can be this summer, we've rounded up the most fun backyard string lights you can buy right now — and as a bonus, they're all under $40!

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1 Multicolored String Lights
Anthropologie
Anthropologie $38.00

You're more fun than basic white, and these multicolored lights are perfect for a pool party

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2 Tulip String Lights
Anthropologie
Anthropologie $18.00

Don't these delicate little tulip lights just make you want to throw a garden party

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3 Mason Jar Solar String Lights
Target $24.99

You've used mason jars in a million ways, but this is by far our favorite. Perfect for your farmhouse — or wanna-be farmhouse — backyard.

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4 Popsicle String Lights
Anthropologie $16.00

Pop it like it's hot! The next best thing to a frozen dessert on a stick is a frozen dessert on a string.

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5 Heavy-Duty Drop String Lights
Target $29.99

If you want to bring an industrial vibe to your backyard, you need these heavy-duty drop lights. 

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6 Geometric Copper Lights
Paper Source $14.95

Go for gold — or copper, rather — with these geometric metal string lights.

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7 Watermelon String Lights
Etsy $20.49

It's officially peak summer, and your next barbecue needs these watermelon string lights.

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8 Pineapple String Lights
Target $8.99

For when you're forever dreaming of a tropical vacation, no matter where you actually are.

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9 Solar LED String Lights
Target $34.49

These copper string lights feel like antiques, without the typical antique price-tag — love you forever, Target!

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10 Flamingo String Lights
Target $8.99

Match your string lights to your pool float, and you've got the ultimate 'grammable backyard.

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11 Mini String Lights Garland
Target $9.99

These lights will turn your yard into a dreamy Tuscan escape. Now all that's missing is a bottle of vino. 

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12 Modern Gold Outdoor Lantern String Lights
Target $19.99

These gold lantern string lights have a modern twist — and honestly, they look like they'd get the Joanna Gaines seal of approval.

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13 Cactus String Lights
Modcloth $15.00

Turn your yard into a desert oasis with these adorable cactus-themed string lights.

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14 Iridescent Globe String Lights
Urban Outfitters $19.99

Add some iridescent (and honestly, a little mermaid-themed!) flair to your patio with these green globe lights.

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15 Black Geo Cage String Lights
Crate and Barrel $19.97

These caged lantern string lights are another great option for anyone who's style leans industrial.

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