A year ago, we hung some really cute string lights near our pool. So last month, my family and I gave our screened-in back porch a little update to match. We have always had some hanging lights our on porch so that evenings have warm lighting without needing the overhead lights on. We previously had two sets of different lights that outlined the porch – a white bulb set and a lantern set.
We are now upgrading to some string lights! I love how current and cute they are. We went through a bit of trial and error, so I’m going to share all of our tips & tricks with y’all so that you could replicate this at your house!
Step 1 – Plan it Out on Paper
This step is the MOST important! It truly made the project so so simple. We actually laughed about how much this helped. Our drawing is a little bit messy lol, but you get the general idea.
Before you start to plan, I’d make sure you know the dimensions of your space and the kind of look you’re going for. After looking at some inspiration photos, we decided to do the strings in a v shape. We also picked out this set of string lights.
Thanks to my sister and her mathematical brain, we used a squared + b squared = c squared to figure out about how many feet of the strings we would need (based on the dimensions of our porch). This made it super easy to see how far apart each end of the lights would need to be!
Step 2 – Buy your Lights
We waited to order our lights until after we knew exactly how much we needed! Our string is 50 feet long, so we ordered 3 boxes. These ended up being really great quality! They also come with 10 extra bulbs per string, which is so helpful! The BEST part about these lights is the fact that each end only has 6 inches of string, which perfectly sets you up to connect to another string and not see a long section without any bulbs. You’d be surprised how hard it was for us to find a string that did that correctly!
If you have extra length that you don’t need, I’d recommend taking out those bulbs, folding up the string, and hiding that section as much as you can. This is what we did, and I don’t think you can tell at all! It’s also definitely easier than cutting the wires and everything, too.
Step 3 – Lay them Out on the Floor
This step could technically be skipped depending on your confidence, but we were really glad we took the time to do it. All we did was follow our drawing! We measured between each end point and taped down the corners!
Step 4 – Put in the Bulbs
Make sure you wait until now to put the bulbs in so that you don’t accidentally step on them! Also, plug them in to guarantee they work. 🙂
Step 5 – Hang!
Yay! You can finally see your work come together. We started at one end and began by placing tape on the ceiling at each spot where we had tape on the floor. We then used our staple gun to staple the light strings at each end of the v shapes (where the tape marks were). We stapled at one end of the v, then moved our ladder to the other end to staple that end. Since we wanted our string to droop a bit, we left it at that. If you would like yours to be taught, go back along each length and add 2-3 staples along the line.
Here’s what they look like now in the evening/dark! We think they turned out really well. They also bring the perfect amount of light in the evenings. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions about the process or the initial drawing step!