Stretch those fun-filled summer days well into the evening with these festive and easy backyard lighting ideas!
Outdoor String Light Ideas for Trees
Does your property have at least one tree or maybe even a whole forest? If so, this backyard lighting idea can take your private outdoor space to a whole new level of cozy! Wrap one tree or several with string lights to add a welcoming glow to your outdoor space. If you have a hammock between two trees, a fire pit nearby, or a seating area, these are perfect areas for string lights to shine! Warm white LED string lights are the best if you're going for a cozy atmosphere, but multicolor and red, white and blue strings are also perfect for summertime fun!
Backyard Lighting Ideas For Decks, Arbors, & Sheds
Wrapping string lights and hanging icicle lights on deck or gazebo railings, lattices, and garden arbors is an incredibly fast and really pretty way to add a festive glow to your backyard. If there are flowers or vines on your outdoor structure, weave the lights through the plants gently to avoid damaging them, and use a twist tie or zip tie to lightly hold light strings in place if needed.
Sheds can also be a fun place for experimenting with string lights in your backyard! If your shed has a shingled roof, you can use Christmas light clips to hold anything from mini lights to icicle string lights, and even patio light strings in place on your shed.
Backyard Fence Lighting Ideas
A backyard fence is like a blank canvas, ready to be styled with string lights! This is easily one of our favorite outdoor string light ideas, and one of the easiest to install too. Use the natural grooves of a wooden, wrought iron, or vinyl fence to secure string lights in between each post, finial, or picket - that's it! We love globe string lights hanging along a wooden fence, but you could use any type of lighting you want from mini LEDs to icicles!
Garden Lighting Ideas
The garden is full of potential for night time magic to be made with string lights and decor! Some of our favorite garden lighting ideas are below and you can see even more on our garden lights page!
Patriotic Backyard Lighting Ideas
This last outdoor string light idea is bursting with pride and we can't wait to share it with you! Celebrate Memorial Day and Fourth of July with red, white, and blue patriotic lights displayed proudly during your backyard parties or all season long! Wrap porch and deck railings with red, white, and blue LED string lights or rope light and hang patriotic star decor from above to create an incredibly festive, pride-filled outdoor party atmosphere!