Light at the End of the Tunnel

Slowly but surely the backyard is coming together.

This weekend we tackled the string lights. Honestly, I don’t know why we’ve been putting it off for so long; this project was super fast and easy.

Outdoor Target String Lights Over Patio

The only part of the entire project that might  cause any issues at all is the outdoor outlet. If you don’t have one, you’ll likely have to have an electrician drop a line from your attic and install one for you. Luckily for us, the previous owner had already done that!

Outdoor Outlet

The next step was to add hooks to string the lights on. We used basic hooks from the hardware store that we had lying around in our junk drawer. They were easy to install; just drill a pilot hole to the size specified on the packaging, then screw in the hook.

pilot hole



Last but not least, string your lights! We went with these lights from Target. We bought them this spring for about $13 a box.

Target String Lights

The result is amazing. I’ve just been sitting out back on the patio every night, looking up and smiling at my little twinkle lights. It makes the patio seem so much more cozy and finished.

Outdoor String Lights Over Patio

The lights go from the tree to the house to the garage and back to the house. We had to connect several strands together to get them to be long enough, but you really can’t tell (PS. always check on the box how many strands can safely be connected together).

Long View of Patio String Lights


Target String Lights In Tree

We still need to paint and stain the deck and benches, landscape, and paint our vintage metal rockers, but we’re even as it is our backyard is so much better than it was before.

Hot Tub Before

What did you tackle this weekend? Don’t the lights make the patio feel like a little room?


26 thoughts on “Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. We bought the same lights last fall to use on our deck. Too funny! They’re still going strong 6 months later, even through a northern winter.

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