Home Improvement Ideas Patio Design Ideas and Makeovers Patio Designs How to Install Poles to Hang String Lights in Your Backyard Here's a simple, sturdy way to hang those string lights you've been eyeing. By Jessica Bennett Jessica Bennett Instagram Jessica Bennett is the digital assistant home editor at Better Homes & Gardens. With a knack for writing and editing, she covers decorating, home improvement, cleaning, organizing, and more for BHG.com. With nearly five years of combined experience in digital and magazine journalism, she has contributed over 800 articles for BHG.com to date, and her writing on interior design and decorating has been featured in 16 national print magazines, including Do It Yourself, Country Home, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Secrets of Getting Organized, and more. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University. She also completed a secondary major in French language studies. Prior to graduation, she was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society, which recognizes academic excellence in the field of journalism. She is currently pursuing an interior design certificate from the New York Institute of Art + Design. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on May 13, 2022 Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Adam Albright Project Overview Working Time: 3 hours Total Time: 1 day Skill Level: Beginner Ready your outdoor space for al fresco dining and bonfire season with the warm glow of string lights. If you don't have any deck or porch posts accessible or trees you can use to string outdoor lights, this backyard project to install a pole for string lights can help you suspend lights anywhere with minimal effort. Long vertical poles secured with concrete footings are an easy way to support twinkling string lights and are sturdy enough to stay up for the entire summer season. A little carpentry work and a few basic supplies are all that are required, and this DIY project can be done in one day. See how we did it below, and check out our expert advice to hang string lights correctly the first time. What You'll Need Equipment / Tools 1 Hacksaw 1 Drill 1 Paintbrush Materials 1 Concrete forms 1 Concrete 1 1-inch diameter PVC pipe 1 3/4-inch conduit 1 3/4-inch cap 1 Screw eye 1 Nut 1 Primer 1 Paint 1 String lights 1 Zip ties Instructions Set Concrete for String Light Poles Create a sturdy base for the lighting supports using concrete and PVC pipes. Sink concrete forms at each end or corner of your patio or backyard area. Make sure the concrete forms are set deep enough to go below the frost line, which varies by region. (In the lower 48 states, it can range from zero to eight feet, so research how deep your frost line is before you start this project.) Center a same-height piece of 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe inside and fill form around the pipe with concrete. Cut Pipes for String Light Poles Cut 3/4-inch conduit to the height you want the lights, plus the height of the PVC pipe that is already installed in the ground. You can cut the conduit using a hacksaw. Do not stand the pipe up in the tube in the ground yet. Drill Holes in Pipe Screw a 3/4-inch cap onto the conduit end, and drill a hole 1 inch below. Feed a screw eye through the hole and secure with a nut. The screw eye is what will hold the string lights. Finish Poles for String Light Prime and paint the string light pole a color of your choice (we went with classic black). Next, feed it into the PVC pipe in the concrete. Before you do this, make sure the concrete has dried all the way through. Hang Outdoor String Lights Attach outdoor lights to the screw eye using zip ties. If necessary, spray-paint the zip tie to match the color of the pole and hook. Remove the string-light poles when not in use, and mow right over the concrete bases, if needed.