DIY Patio String Lights

DIY Patio String Lights

Sometimes my projects go from thrifty to straight up redneck. They always turn out though and I end up saving tons of money. So hillbilly redneck or not, it’s a win.

I am completely out of this world obsessed with outdoor string lights. They’re so magical. I needed to have some. My patio isn’t exactly structured for such things though. I knew I could hang them from my back porch and string them across the patio……but what would they hook to? There’s nothing on that side of the patio.


I began brainstorming. I figured I could use tall square posts. But that’s so bulky and I wanted something more subtle.

I strolled around Home Depot for a bit until it struck me.

Electrical Conduit. They’re metal, so they’re sturdy. They’re cheap. They’re skinny, so they’re subtle. Perfect. I grabbed a couple and headed over to Plumbing to have them cut. They come in 10′ lengths and I wanted them cut down to 8′.

Next, I headed to Target for the string lights. They were on sale for $11/box. So far with the conduit and lights my total is $26.

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Once I got the poles in the ground – I pushed them down about a foot into the ground – then I spray painted them black. I recommend spraying them before you put them in the ground. But this project was already redneck, so I figured I’d just spray them right there where they stand. I’m the best DIY’er ever.


All you need now are black zip ties. I drilled round hooks at the top of my porch where they would start and then zip tied the cord though the hook.

On the conduit poles, I simply wrapped the cord around the pole and zip tied it in place. The zip tie blends right in with the pole. You honestly can’t see it all. It’s pretty great.

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That’s it. I had the zip ties on hand at home already so I had to purchase were the lights and the conduit. It took me about an hour to string them alone – I suggest having someone help you though. I shattered two bulbs because I dropped the string once trying to get it hung in place. Another person would’ve been swell.

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A couple pictures after dark πŸ™‚

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What do y’all think? It’s so magical. I love it so much.

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5 thoughts on “DIY Patio String Lights”

  • 1
    Kelly on May 19, 2015 Reply

    Yes! I’m doing this around my littles’ playground this weekend!!! Love it!

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    Gio on May 19, 2015 Reply

    cute idea, hope you come to my sale in June πŸ˜‰

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    rue on May 20, 2015 Reply

    It’s perfect! I never would have though of such a thing. I hear you on the help. I broke all kinds of Christmas lights 4 years ago, when I first moved into my house. I’m happy to have someone do it for me now πŸ˜‰

    I’m so jealous over your new bench. I think I need one of my own, but I have no idea where I’d put it.

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    Sharon on October 13, 2017 Reply

    I just came across this! In need of an idea to hang string lights since I have no trees to hang from. This is GENIUS!!! So glad I found your blog AND your store πŸ™‚

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