The Easiest Way to Hang String Lights On Your Deck


Learn how to hang outdoor string lights on a deck. It’s a simple task with only a few materials needed.

We’ve been using our deck space so much more this summer now that we can spend our evenings out here, even when the sun sets and it gets dark.

Can you see the wooden stake on the top right hand side of our deck? That’s a string light pole and it’s all you need to hang deck string lights!

- Determine how many poles you will need We used two – one on each of the farthest corners of the deck. This way we could attach hooks to the house and to the poles and swag the lights back and forth.

How To Build a String Light Pole on a Deck

- Attach poles to the deck Using wood screws, attach each pole to the back of the deck. We used two screws for each post to ensure they were stable. Make sure you check for level as you are screwing them in.

- Attach String Lights Simply hang the beginning of the light set from the first hook and drape across to the next hook, then the next hook and so on. We had a few feet of lights left when we reached the last hook and just let it trail down the side of the house.

Instead of attaching the wood poles to a deck, I would suggest putting them into a planter and perhaps filling it with a small amount of cement (maybe 1/4 of the way) to really weigh it down. Then fill the rest of the planter with some soil and succulents to make it pretty.

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