The Easiest Way to Hang String Lights On Your Deck


If you are looking to create a cozy and inviting outside space, hanging string lights onto a deck is the perfect way to achieve this. As the summer nights draw in, there is nothing nicer than being able to spend as much time outside as possible, and the great thing about having patio string lights is that you can continue to enjoy your outside space, even after the sun goes down. Read on to find out how to hang the perfect exterior string lights and achieve a practical yet inviting outdoor space this summer.

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You Will Need


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  • String lights
  • Deck poles
  • String lights hanging kit
  • Electric drill
  • Extension cord if needed

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Our easy to follow step-by-step instructions will guide you through building string light poles on a deck.

Step One: Secure the Pole to Post

The first step in this DIY project is to secure the pole to the deck railing post. Begin by using long zip ties to attach the pole firmly to the post. This ensures stability and prevents the pole from swaying in the wind.

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Step Two: Attach the Bracket 

Next is to use an electric drill, drill one screw into either side of the bracket, attaching it to the deck railing post. Use the level again to make sure the pole is still straight.

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Step Three: Set the Cup Hooks 

If your pole does not come with its own hooks, you’ll need to set cup hooks to hang the string lights. Using a drill, secure the hooks to the pole with the hook facing upwards. This allows for easy installation and removal of the lights. However, if your pole already has built-in hooks, you can skip this step and proceed directly to hanging the lights.

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Step Four: Hang the String Lights

Test the lights first to ensure they work, and screw out the bulbs. Additionally, unscrew the bulbs from the sockets to prevent breakage during installation. Once tested, attach the light cord to each pole, ensuring a secure fit. Begin by fixing the cord to the hooks or brackets previously installed, spacing them evenly along the length of the pole.

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Step Five: Screw in the Bulbs

With the light cords securely in place, it’s time to screw in the bulbs and connect them to the sockets. Take care not to overtighten the bulbs to avoid damaging the sockets. Once all bulbs are installed, step back and admire your handiwork.

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Light Recommendations

Not sure which type of lights will be best for your outdoor patio? Here are a few of our top recommendations:

Ollny G40 patio lights

These patio lights not only look stylish, but they are waterproof, able to withstand rain, snow, sun and wind. They are plastic and impact-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about them falling down and smashing. The lighting is elegant and soft, and comes in multi colors too, so you can choose which style you think will look best in your outside area.

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Ollny Christmas string lights

Ollny’s outside Christmas string lights are ideal patio lights for all year round. They come equipped with eight different twinkling modes, meaning you can choose just how you want to illuminate your outdoor space. They are weatherproof and easy to install so these LED twinkle lights are a great choice for your patio, not just at Christmas.

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Ollny S14 patio lights

These string lights look good, and are available in a variety of lengths, so you can choose however many you need to suit your outdoor area. They are waterproof and you can even choose the upgraded 2700K string lights which are perfect for emitting a softer light and creating the cozy and warm ambience outside that you want to achieve.

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It could not be easier to hang patio string lights using our step-by-step guide, and turn your outdoor space into a cozy and atmospheric place for relaxing or entertaining on those hot summer evenings. Why not have a go at this easy DIY project, and have fun creating your ideal twinkling outdoor space just in time for summer?

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