Easy DIY Patio Lights

String patio lights around your deck or patio space to make a magical nighttime garden retreat!

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to string patio lights around my deck but just never got around to making it happen.  I decided to change that this year, and get it done.  And now that the lights are up, I’m sad that I took so long to do it!  I love how my deck looks all lit up at night, SO SO much.  So much.

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A Simple and Quick Way to String Lights Around Your Patio

This really is the easiest project I have ever tackled.  It’s almost too easy and embarrassing to share here, but I’m going to because if you have ever considered doing this to your deck space I want you to know you should.  Don’t wait another second because you’ll love the outcome.

Supplies to Make DIY Patio Lights

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  • The Lights:  The lights are from Lowe’s and you can see them here. They are the 10 Vintage style Edison lights by allen + roth.  A 13-ft cord with 9-ft lighted length that has plugs at both ends.
  • The Wood:  2x2x8 treated lumber poles
  • Eye Rings:  I used these eye ring hook screws I bought at Walmart.

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How to Make Easy DIY Patio Lights

This is not a fancy project by any stretch, but then again I’m not fancy.  Sometimes I just want things done in a simplistic way, and that’s what I got with this light project.

  • To string the lights I used 2x2x8 treated lumber poles and stainless steel screw eye rings.
  • I screwed the eye rings into the centres of the tops of the poles.
  • Then we secured the poles to the corners of our deck by screwing them into the sides of our deck base.
  • Then I strung 4 sets of outdoor lights from eye ring to eye ring.
  • Done.  Really simple.

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And look how pretty they look!  Whimsical like a rustic garden party.  The whole deck is softly lit up…sigh.  I could sit out here all night long…the lights, the evening scented stock…I love it so much.

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So if you have waited to do this for your deck, don’t wait any longer!

Update!  We liked these lights so much, we strung them along our fence too!  You can see them here, and get more ways to hang string lights!

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  1. Love the deck lights…makes it look cosy and romantic! Just curious where you found the lights? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nadine! I found the lights at Lowe’s. I updated the post with a link if you want to see which ones they are. Basically though, they are a 2.4 watt indoor/outdoor 13.4 feet, 10 bulb LED light string, and they are perfect for this space! I love them!

    1. Hi Caroline! The lights are from Lowe’s (I have since updated the post with a link if you want to see which ones they are). Basically though, they are a 2.4 watt indoor/outdoor 13.4 feet, 10 bulb LED light string. They’re perfect out there!

      1. Thank you! I’m so glad to see they’re LEDs – so they’re pretty and energy efficient.

    1. Thank you Tony! I got the lights from Lowe’s – they are a 2.4 watt indoor/outdoor 13.4 feet, 10 bulb LED light string. I have updated my post with a link to them if you wish to see what they look like.

      1. Thank you for the update on the lights. You always have great ideas that actually doable. This is something I may attempt this weekend. Thanks again.

  2. Well timing was perfect as Lowe’s has its BoGO sale this week. So got the lights and the posts. But wasn’t sure of the size of the cup hooks – what size did you use? And what to you use to attach to the deck- deck screws? Size? Any brackets. Doing this with my 14 year old daughter so looking to see if we can make it as easy as possible! Thanks!

  3. I have been putting this off for so long, need to paint and add light to my patio, but these pictures have definitely motivated me to get started. Thanks, Anne!

    1. Hi Rachel! I didn’t really tie the ends to anything at all. The strings are secured quite well in the hooks on the top of the poles. I just wrap any extra string from the lights around the pole.