Light up your yard any time of year—these dreamy ways with string lights add instant ambience
1 of 11David Fenton
Weave together outdoor rooms by stringing cafe lights overhead between fence posts and trees.
2 of 11Thomas J. Story
Light a wreath
Group strands of lights to cover sections of a wire wreath frame, attaching with zip ties to the back of the frame. Here, three strands of 25-count lights cover a 12-inch frame. Plug your light wreath into an extension cord and see your garden fence in a whole new light. PRO TIP: Using clear and/or frosted bulbs means your decor project will look great year-round–not just at Christmastime.
3 of 11Thomas J. Story
Create a vignette
Accent a lush garden wall with a single draping strand of globe lights to signify an event space that begs to be photographed.
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For evening entertaining on a deck or balcony, hang lights along fencing to define the perimeter of the party area. (As the sun goes down, the lights serve as a safety measure too.)
5 of 11Thomas J. Story
Hang string lights from wall to wall above an outdoor room to create an intimate starlight glow.
6 of 11Kurt Boomer
Illuminate a chandelier
Wrap string lights around a thin oversized wreath and suspend in your outdoor dining area for a twinkling ambiance.