Stacy Ling

How to Add Solar String Lights to the Yard

When we added the fire pit last year, we wanted to add more lighting for both visibility and ambiance. I found these solar string lights on-line and they work so well! They go on when it gets dark and stay on until morning. The only problem we encountered was how to hang them in the garden when there was nothing there to attach them.

Adding solar string lights to the yard will create ambiance and improve visibility. Unless you have strategically placed trees and structures though, there may not be a good space to hang solar lights in the yard. My friend Andrea from @fleur_at_home had a great idea to hang them.

Andrea sent me a link for these Yardguard galvanized metal poles that her and her husband used in their fire pit area. They are relatively inexpensive but need to be cemented into the ground for stability.

Overall this project is pretty inexpensive to do and only took a few hours (minus the drying time for the concrete). Here’s how we did it:

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How to Add Solar String Lights to the Yard

After finishing this project, I want to add another strange that wraps around and extends from the tree to the house.

How to Add Solar String Lights When There is Nothing to Attach it To

We did not have a way to hang solar string lights in the fire pit garden, so we needed to add something to the yard to attach them. While a tree and our house are in the vicinity, we needed another corner or two to get more angles to drape the lights.

I wasn’t sure about cementing poles in the garden, but it looks fine and is not that noticeable. While I don’t love the poles, I do love how the lights turned out so it’s worth the sacrifice.

How to Add Solar String Lights to the Yard

Step 1

  • Determine where to site the poles. Where you want to site them will determine how many poles you need.
  • Set up ladders to determine proper spacing

We set the poles up in the ladders when we were determining location so we could see how the poles would look in the garden once set in concrete.

Step 2

  • Temporarily string lights through the ladders for desired placement. Using the ladders allows you to “hang” the lights to get an idea how it will look.

Step 3

  • Dig holes large enough to set the mix kit in.

Step 4

  • Rough up one end of the pole with a sledgehammer because the concrete will grip better to the metal if it is roughed up.

Step 5

  • Follow the cement mix manufacturer’s directions. Mix the concrete and set the pole.

Step 6

  • When setting the posts be sure to level them.
  • Once level, we bungeed the poles to the ladder to keep them in place.

Step 7

  • After the cement dries and hardens, hang the lights. We used carabiners to attach them to the poles.

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And that’s it! Although my husband did most of the work, it wasn’t very difficult to do. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the poles before we strung the lights but I LOVE how it looks at night. And now I want to add more…

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

7 Comments

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    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    June 17, 2020

    The lights look pretty and vines would love the poles

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      admin

      June 17, 2020

      Thanks so much Sandra! I plan to add vines won’t that be so fun?

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    midwestlifeandstyle

    June 21, 2020

    What a great project. It looks so beautiful, Stacy!

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      admin

      June 22, 2020

      Thank you so much! I love how it turned out too! Enjoy your day! xoxo

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    Lauren H

    June 21, 2020

    Your garden lights turned out really pretty! Would also love to know where you got the lanterns and your Adirondack chairs as well.

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      admin

      June 22, 2020

      Hey Lauren! The lanterns are linked in the blog – they are the best! The adirondack chairs we bought several years ago from a local woodworker, but I painted them with Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore recently to match my shed.

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