Those twinkly lights…
The ones that flicker and set the stage for a wonderful evening get together. That zig zag here and there creating a charming pattern and seem to float perfectly above the dining table – adding just enough light and magic.
It is no secret that I love string lights. I am actually bordering on obsessed with them.
In the trees, by the fire pit and… above the outdoor dining table.
So many questions about how I hung these lights and got them to look the way they do…so spilling the tips & secrets today.
Of course, you can’t hang string lights if you don’t have something to hang them from. In this spot- we have a huge old growth oak tree that quite a few low hanging branches.
We set the table in the center of the patio and then my husband got on a ladder and we hung the strands from branch to branch. He used a zip tie to secure them and I should note- these are LED – so no concerns about them heating up and fire danger. Make sure if you are doing something similar in a tree that you use something safe.
If you don’t have a tree with branches that will work- get a couple of poles (think laundry type poles) or old charming wood ladders- and place them where you can ‘string’ the lights to and fro from them.
Zig Zag… or not
I know- it looks like these are zig zagged right? Here is a secret….
This is actually how they are strung through the branches.
Just back and forth in several lines at varying heights. Depending on your point of view- you might see more linear lights- or if at the end of the table – you see the lights dotting different spots giving it the illusion of a whole bunch of zig zag strands. Either way though- the lights add a perfect touch.
Vary the height
The other thing that helps increase that gorgeous lit up look is to vary the height of the strands.
Take one strand and run across at one height- the next about 4-5″ inches higher (or Lower) and so on.
And of course… you can’t skimp on them. You just aren’t going to be able to get this type of look with 1 or 2 strands This table has a total of 5 or 6 strands that are 20′ long. (maybe more) strands of lights above it. But know that to reach those branches that they are hanging from- there is quite a bit of light going on that is not above the table and so that is partly why so many strands are in place.
These are the lights I used.
I hope that helps answer some of your questions and helps you create the charming atmosphere you are after!
Don’t miss the COPPER pots and pans GIVEAWAY HERE
And just 6 more days until my book is released. 🙂
You can order on AMAZON HERE