Are you looking for a way to add some ambiance to your backyard without relying on trees to hang your string lights? You’re in luck! In this blog post, we’ll share some creative ways to hang string lights in your backyard without trees. Whether you have a small patio or a sprawling yard, these ideas will help you create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for outdoor gatherings, late-night conversations, or simply relaxing under the stars.

How to Hang String Lights

The best method for you will depend on your backyard layout, where you place any poles or supports, and how much time you will spend on this project.

Along a Fence

There are better options than hang string lights on trees in your backyard. Instead, hang them along a fence.

Pick the section of the fence where you want to hang the lights. Place the lights on the ground beneath the fence to get an idea of how the lights will hang.

You can adjust how they hang to your liking, but most people like a little more room than tightening them.

Once you have chosen your preferred layout, attach them to the fence. They can be secured with nails or metal hooks. You can also drape lights over fence posts to create the desired look.

The fence must be at least three feet from a power outlet to plug in the lights. If you don’t have an extension cord, it will be necessary to run the length of the extension cord from the fence to the nearest outlet.

Patio or Deck Railing

String lights are a great way to decorate outdoor spaces.

It is an excellent option for anyone, as it can be done in the backyard, front yard, or apartment balcony. String lights add enormous ambiance and lighting to any outdoor space.

First, identify the supports that you will be using. Next, lay out the lights to create a layout.

You can hang lights using nails or metal hooks, just like with the fence. I prefer to drape the lights around the deck or patio railings to prevent damage. Using hooks makes it easier to take the lights down.

It is essential that the lights are just a short distance from an outlet to allow for an extension cable to be run between them.

Check Other Existing Supports

You might find other structures in your yard that could be used to support your lights.

Pillars or poles can attach lights to a porch, shed, or other outbuilding, gazebos, and trellises. These supports can be attached to your lights without the need for trees.

You’ll need to use nails or screws to hang outdoor lights from these structures.

Other Shrubbery

Hanging string lights can also be made from shrubbery other than a tree.

String lights can be hung from planters, trellises, and other garden fixtures.

It is essential to ensure that the layout looks great. These features are usually closer to the ground than a fence or porch pole. It’s crucial that this lower lighting doesn’t make it look unnatural at night.

Create Your Own Supports

The last method for hanging outdoor lights is to make your supports. Although this is the most time-intensive and expensive option, it can be gratifying.

There are many ways to support your garden, but my favorite method is to use buckets and poles. Using a bucket allows you to carry everything with you. It is a far better option than burying the pole in the ground.

My favorite way to make your supports is to place support poles into two heavy-duty buckets and add a heavy-fill material.

Wood poles are my favorite, but hollow metal poles and PVC pipe work just as well. To hold the pole in place, I fill each bucket with gravel. You can fill the buckets using concrete for a more permanent design.

You can cut the poles to the desired height and place them in a bucket. Then hang your lights!

Tools and Materials You’ll Need

You can avoid injuries by using the right tools and materials. You’ll need the following depending on your method:

These tools and materials are not enough. The “create your support” method requires additional materials.

Use power tools with care, even a simple drill, to avoid injury.

Best Outdoor String Lights

There are many options available for string lights online and in stores. We won’t tell you which model to choose, but we will break down the key features of outdoor string lights.


Outdoor lights should be waterproof to withstand the elements. Make sure you choose a model specifically for outdoor use. The lights should also be waterproof, not just water-resistant.

Bulb Type and Length

Outdoor string lights come in various lengths. Your intended layout will determine the length that is best for you. It is often in your best interest to draw a plan (with your pencil, tape measure, and ruler) before purchasing the lights.

Power Source

To run correctly, most backyard lights need an electrical outlet. If the extension cord is too far to be plugged in, you can use it. Another option is solar lights. These lights have solar panels that can be charged and recharged as necessary.

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