Easy DIY Patio Lights  {A Pretty Life}

Easy DIY Patio Lights

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

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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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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.

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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.

To recap, here are the supplies I used:

  • The lights are from Lowe’s and you can see them here.  They are a 2.4 watt indoor/outdoor 13.4 feet, 10 bulb LED light string.
  • 2x2x8 treated lumber poles
  • stainless steel screw eye rings

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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!

Have an inspired day!

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Disclosure:  The lights and supplies I used for this project were gifted to me by Lowe’s Canada. As always, all thoughts, ideas, opinions and such are my own.  I really really love this project!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Nadine Ursuliak June 30, 2016 at 12:50 AM

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

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 1, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      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!

  • Reply Caroline Csak June 30, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I was wondering the same thing – where are the lights from? It looks great!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 1, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      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!

      • Reply Caroline Csak July 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

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

  • Reply Tony Wilson July 1, 2016 at 4:16 AM

    Great project. I’m curious about the lights as well. Are they low voltage?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 1, 2016 at 8:37 AM

      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.

      • Reply Tony Wilson July 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM

        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.

  • Reply Anne Marie July 17, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    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!

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