Creative Places and Ways to Hang Solar String Lights

When it comes to decorating outside, it can be difficult deciding how to make your yard, patio, deck, or front entry look unique and spectacular. Adding lights always add a glowing ambiance, but the wires can get in the way and ruin the look. Electric lights can also make your electric bill go up, costing you even more money. Fortunately, you can use solar string lights to accomplish the same look in a better way. If you are not sure how to decorate with solar powered string lights, here are some ideas to get you started.

Tips for Using Solar String Lights

If you are wondering how solar string lights work, it is fairly simple. They are set up just like normal, electric string lights, but the solar panel is located at the end of the string where the plug would normally be. You can either stick the end with the solar panel in the ground or mount it on a wall. Be sure to place it where it will get the most sunlight. If you do not, they may not generate enough energy to run through the duration of your outdoor party.

Another thing to remember when purchasing solar string lights is to look for ones that are waterproof or highly water resistant. Solar lights are always at the mercy of the current weather, and rain or snow can ruin the bulbs or the solar panels. If you purchase waterproof ones, they will last much longer.

Add String Lights to Your Trees

One way to use solar string lights is to wrap them around your trees. They provide the perfect background for hanging out on your porch or patio and add light to your yard. Just make sure you place the solar panel somewhere around the tree where it will get enough sunlight during the day.

Brighten Your Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens are a great way to grow a variety of plants in a small space. If you have one, you can also add solar powered string lights to really bring attention to it. Glowing orbs around the plants are another great background light for your outdoor get-together.

Create a Chandelier

If you are really creative, you can create beautiful chandeliers for your outdoor patio set. Using grapevine, create a wreath or several balls. Wrap the solar string lights around the chandelier and hang it over your patio table. To add greenery, you can also add a sort of vine or moss to make it blend in with the rest of the plants around it.

Create Glowing Lanterns

Similar to making a chandelier, you can also make glittering lanterns for the outside of your house. The simplest way is to just use a see-through bucket (think of the ones made of wire). Pile your string lights into the bucket and they will create a unique lantern you and your guests will love. You can also place your lights in a glass lantern, oversized glass bowl, or even canning jars

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Hang Around the Patio

To add a nice glow around your sitting area on the patio, just string your lights around it. If the overhead area is all open, you can still make it work. One way is to cement poles into planters and place each planter at the corners of your patio. From there, it is quite easy to string the lights from pole to pole. If you have a deck and a railing, you can also attach wooden planks to your deck and provide the same look as the planters.

Hanging from the Tree

If the chandelier idea sounds neat but you just cannot get it to work, you can also hang your solar string lights from a tree branch. Move your table or chairs under a tall tree branch and let the tree do all the work for you. You will just need a ladder. Hang multiple strands down so that they hang just about your heads while sitting. This is a beautiful and low maintenance way to add light at night.

Light Up Your Fence

If adding light is not a big deal and you just want a cute decoration, add the lights to your fence. It is extremely simple and only takes a few minutes to set up, but the payoff is great. This simple addition will give your backyard a subtle glow that makes the whole area feel warmer.

Make Your Shrubs Glow

Similar to the idea of adding solar string lights to your fence, you can also add them to the greenery around your home. Add them to shrubs and vines for an ethereal look. People do not call these kinds of lights “fairy lights” for nothing. Adding some glimmer to your greenery provides a great feeling to the atmosphere of your yard.

Mirrored Art

This is another one for those of you who are creative. This requires mirrored garland, but you can easily make your own with small mirror squares (which you can find at craft stores), fishing line, and hot glue. Hang the garland from a pole and add your solar powered string lights to the mix. You can do this over your table or against a wall. The lights will reflect off of the mirrors and create a glittering piece of art that also offers a nice amount of light.

Over the Fire Pit

When you are gathered around the fire roasting hot dogs or marshmallows, you can add to the mood by hanging string lights over the fire pit. You can use the same method that we stated earlier about poles cemented into planters or find another way to string the lights overhead.

Simple Overhang

Another cute way to add string lights to your outdoor setting is a simple overhang. For a rustic look, take large tree branches or skinny tree trunks and put them in a cement base. Place them on either side of your patio table, and string larger bulbs between them. These provide enough light for you as you eat and talk to one another.

String Them Above the Porch

This way of hanging solar string lights is perfect for covered decks, porches, or your front entry. Having an awning offers the perfect opportunity to string lights. It makes it easy to add light, and it is a gorgeous look for any home.


There are so many ways to use solar string lights in your yard to provide a glowing look your family and friends will love. They are energy efficient, making it a nice addition to both your home and your wallet. You can hang your lights from anything really, whether it be poles, trees, or any other greenery. These are just ideas to get you started, so remember to have fun with it!

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I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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