Watch the video above for all of the details on how
to hang string lights around an open deck
I love the deck in our backyard. It’s right off our sunroom and kitchen where we spend most of our time at home. But it really lacked inspiring lighting.
Now, I’m a big fan of the cafe-style lights and wanted some for our deck. But since it’s an open deck (and not covered), there wasn’t a place to hang any string lights. Then one day I was walking up the deck steps, like I do when I come home everyday, and got the idea to use shepherd’s hooks to hold the lights!
To attach the hooks to my deck, I stained some 1x4s the same as my deck and screwed them into the 4×4 posts along my handrails. Then I spray painted 1/2″ conduit straps a glossy black to match the hooks and attached 2 of them to each post.
Before you can slide the shepherd’s hooks into the conduit straps, you have to cut off part of the stake. You can use a handsaw for this cut.
Above all (pardon the pun), you’ll need string lights! I went with these vintage-inspired lights from Moonrays Outdoor Living. I mean, the bulbs are plastic!? Which is especially great since I have littles and broken glass on our deck is a no go!
**This episode is sponsored by Moonrays. I only partner with brands I love. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.
Once the strands of lights were plugged together and hung on the hooks, I also added a little something extra to the bottom of our deck stairs.
These swirled glass globes are also from Moonrays. They’re solar-powered so I don’t have to have an extension cord running through the yard. But I still get a little color and fun when I’m coming and going!
There’s no doubt that lighting can make a big difference in the look and feel of any space, including the great outdoors! And now we’re set for cool nights of Fall with subtle ambiance from our string lights!
Do you have cafe-style lights at your house? Or have you ever used a shepherd’s hook for something other than a plant or bird feeder? Comment below to let me know!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea