How to Hang Fairy Lights Outside – Easy Installation Guide


How to hang fairy lights outside your home? Follow these quick, simple steps to install our outdoor fairy lights at home in your garden or backyard with very few tools, and time required. It’s a fun DIY weekend project with a beautiful final product to look forward to at project completion. Our patio string lights suit all weather conditions and public spaces [1].

Simple Steps To Hang Fairy Lights Outside

Before getting started, you’ll need some essential equipment to get the job done. The following tools are the bare minimum required to hang fairy lights in a backyard.


Tools & Equipment 

Step 1. Determine Pattern & Hanging Fixing Points

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Lay the outdoor fairy lights on the floor in the pattern you want to have them strung up in the air. Use the connectable ends and junctions to customise the system to suit your space. (keep your power source location in mind when planning this step).

Determine where you’ll be hanging the fairy lights in your garden and mark the spot with your pencil. We recommend keeping the fixing points at least 3.2m above ground level.

Pro Tip: Make it easy for yourself; use your garden surroundings, whether your wooden fence, brick wall,  ceiling, trees, or pergola.

Step 2. Drill Pilot Holes, and Install Fixing Points

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Now that you’ve got your fixing points marked around the yard, it’s time to get your hands dirty! We’ll start by using the electrical to drill a small pilot hole for each of the marked points, be sure to ream out the burrs so that you don’t have any trouble screwing in the hooks.

Using the pilot holes as a guide, carefully screw each hook or screw eyes in tightly, ensuring there is no way they may come loose. Once you’ve tightened as much as you can by hand, stick a screwdriver through the hook and use the leverage to wind it in just a few turns more.

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Step 3. Hanging Your Lights!

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Starting at the power plug end, begin attaching the LED fairy lights to the fixing points using zip ties. Play around with how much distance you allow between each fixing point to reach the desired height above your entertaining area.

Pro Tip: Generally around 3m between the ground and your fairy lights

Step 4. Plug ’em In and Enjoy!

The fourth, final, and funnest step, light em up! Connect the power plug to the power outlet and switch on your new outdoor string lights. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new outdoor entertaining party area!

Things to remember before hanging fairy lights for your outdoor:

  • Make sure your lights are suitable for outdoor use.
  • If you want to reuse your Christmas lights, make sure it is not for indoor decor only. Take note not all lights are made to withstand the weather.
  • Don’t use battery-operated star string lights or other types of string lights. This type of lights is best for indoor decor ideas or bedroom makeover ideas.
  • For lights hanging from a tree or wooden beams, use coaxial staples instead to secure your string lights.

So there you have it, one of the simple DIY ideas on how to hang string light outdoor. If you’re planning for a more elaborate installation, let us know by sending us an email, we’ll be happy to assist.

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