Installing string lights is fantastic way to add life to your home. String lights add warmth and cosiness to any space, while giving off modern and trendy vibes. If you’re not too experienced with home renovation, finding a way to hang up so many delicate lights may seem daunting to you.
But, please – step away from the duct tape. There’s a super simple and super cheap DIY solution for you. This is the easiest setup ever and the effect is magical. Check it out below.
How To Hang String Lights The Easy Way
Step 1: Buy some cup hooks.
The only thing you’ll need for this setup is some cup hooks from the hardware store. The number of hooks you’ll need will depend on how you want to display your lights, but you shouldn’t need to spend more than $5.
A simple way to hang string lights is against the wall in a whimsical up and down pattern. Something to consider: to hang your lights this way, you’ll need to make multiple tiny holes in your wall with the cup hooks. Make sure you’re okay with this before continuing on to the next step.
Step 2: Twist the hooks into the wall.
The best thing about cup hooks is that they’re half screw, so you can easily twist them into the wall by hand. To get the look shown in the photos, install your hooks just below the ceiling, at intervals of about 3 feet. Tip: If you’re having trouble twisting the hooks in, use a hammer and screw to make a small hole in the wall first.
Step 3: Hang your lights.
Once the hooks are in place, simply drape your lights over the hooks in whatever fashion you like. String lights shouldn’t be heavy at all, so this setup is super secure and shouldn’t result in any broken lights.
Step 4: Plug them into an extension cord.
The final and most important step is finding a way to plug in your lights. Unless your lights are battery-operated, you’ll need to install them somewhere near an outlet.
If your lights don’t quite reach the nearest outlet, use an extension cord to connect one end of the lights into an outlet as shown in the picture above. Try to plan out your set up so the extension cord is hidden by something else in your home, like sneaking it behind a curtain.
If you don’t have one already lying around, you can get an extension cord for about $5 at a hardware store.
The lights in these images are from Indigo, but you can find string lights at most home decor stores.
Note: You might need more than one set of lights to cover your desired space. Most string lights have connectors so you can attach as many together as you like, and you’ll only need one outlet to light up the whole set.
So that’s it! This is truly the most simple method around for hanging string lights and it’s totally perfect for non-handy folk. Happy decorating!