Make sure the plug is near a power outlet or use an outdoor extension cord to extend the reach. Hang patio lights using planters and wood posts paint planters and posts.
Continue this process adding staples near each light.
Hanging patio lights string. If the structure overhanging your patio has exposed rafters you might decide to wind the lights back and forth along the beams to provide even more illumination. Visualize where you want each strand to hang and adjust lights until they re in the desired position. Pull the string of lights taut as you go.
Place the unpainted end of a 2 x 2 x 8 post in each of the planters. Fill planter with concrete. Place planters upside down on a drop cloth and cover.
Install the bulbs and check your lights. Starting with the string light closest to your power supply use a staple gun to fasten the lights under your railing. Lay string lights around the perimeter of your deck.
Wipe planters clean with a damp cloth. For square and rectangular spaces the most straightforward configuration is to simply string up the lights along each of the patio s 4 sides.