DIY Outdoor Lighting

I’ve been pinning ideas from Pinterest for outdoor lighting since before we even bought our new house. I knew that I was going to incorporate these ideas in some way or another and was so excited to see that our home had the perfect area!

DIY Outdoor Lighting

I’m going to take a step back and tell you that the journey to executing this project seemed to take FOREVER. In the grand scheme of things, we’ve only been in our house for 4 months so to be completing projects off my dream list already is amazing. I first had to convince my husband to let me do it. He thought it seemed like too much work and that it just wouldn’t turn out. Then I had to figure out a design that was going to work with our deck area. I knew what kind of lights I wanted to buy, but they were a little more than I wanted to spend, especially when I realized how many I was going to need. I drew up a plan, wrote a list and convinced my husband to go to the hardware store with me so I could finally put this plan into action! I then went to Target and, lucky for me, the EXACT lights I wanted were on clearance for $11.99 a strand 🙂 I started with three boxes which were 25′ of all clear lights.

Ready to see how it all came together?




Eye Hooks

String of lights

Gutter Clips

I started by screwing an eye hook into the top of each dowel. This was going to be my guide for the lights and to keep things secure.

DIY Outdoor Lighting


We then decided how tall we wanted the lights to be on the fence side. I wanted to make sure there was enough clearance over your head so you didn’t hit them or feel like you have to hunch over. Then we drilled pilot holes for the clamps and screwed them into place. We did one at the top and bottom and added a nail in the middle for extra support.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

DIY Outdoor Lighting

Once the dowels were all secured, I was able to start stringing the lights. I had originally start with three boxes of all clear lights, but then decided that I wanted to alternate clear and frosted bulbs. That meant having to go BACK to the store to buy three more boxes of lights, two in frosted and one in clear. I thought I’d only need the two frosted and then would have a third clear as a spare in case any bulbs broke. When it was all said and done, I ended up using all the strands so it’s back to the store to buy the spare set. I think the most time-consuming part was switching out the bulbs. . . that and all the driving around.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

DIY Outdoor Lighting

I went back and forth from dowel to the gutter, pulled the strand tight as I went. I also looped the cord around the eye hook twice so they would stay in place. I finished by running the remainder of the strand along the fence and down one of the dowels.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

Here it is all finished 🙂 I am over the moon happy with how this project turned out. It’s exactly how it looked in my head. I should note that we didn’t use a treated dowel so I’m not sure how long it’s going to last, but as you can tell by the looks of our fence. . . it’s going to be replaced not too far down the road and once that happens I’ll maybe use a pipe instead. We’ll see 🙂 For now, it’s perfect just the way it is. I can’t wait to sit out here and enjoy the fall evenings.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

I’d love to know what you think of our outdoor lighting project, so please take a second and click LEAVE A COMMENT below to share your thoughts on it 🙂 Thanks!!!

Much love,


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  1. Rosetta Garcillano

     /  November 17, 2015

    Wow. You did great. I love that outdoor lighting. I would do the same thing for my garden, especially that Christmas is near and I’ll be expecting a lot of visitors. I also found helpful lighting techniques here: You might want to read it, too!



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