I would say this project takes a full day and it’s not difficult at all. You just need a ladder and a few more things which I will list in this blog post.
I used a total of four string lights and based upon that, I will tell you all the materials I needed and used – with links because my goodness, there needs to be a post out there that can help us DIYers who want to do this ourselves and know we can!
Tools and Materials Needed to Hang Cafe String Lights
- Tree straps – if you are going around trees (Amazon here)
- Aluminum wire (I would suggest 20 gauge at least intros case) Amazon link You can look into this Hanging Light Kit – but don’t use the wire that comes with it (it will detach and slide off) but you can use the zip ties, and a variety of hooks.
- Micro-pruning snip – for cutting zip ties closely. (Amazon here)
- Wire cutters – to cut the wire (Fiskars)
- Needle nose pliers – Helps turn the small screws (Amazon here)
- LED String lights – Pictured are from Balsam Hill, you can get them at Home Depot or anywhere!
- Outdoor Remote Control + Dimmer for LED string lights (Amazon here)
I don’t know if I need to actually tell you how step by step to string cafe lights as the hanging light kit not only tell you how but shows you the different methods you can fasten the wire strings.
You need to start with the hanging light kit and pick how you want to fasten it to walls. It comes with images for examples so you will figure out which is best.
Fasten the screw to a wall, string the wire first, then attach the string lights by zip ties. I go back and then screw in the lights as they can be a little tricky to make sure it is screwed all the way in for a good connection.
When it comes to stringing through the trees, I used the tree straps as if I was hanging a hammock on them (looping through each other, the idea is that the fabric is more forgiving with flexibility to let the tree continue to grow without any indentations.
When I strung all four lights and I turned it on and and went, oh shoot, this is way too bright it’s hurting my eyes and killing the ambiance! So I went to Amazon and found this LED dimmer that also operates on a remote turning the lights on and off.
You can go from 100% down increments of 25%, all the way down to 25%! It is so helpful depending on how many strings you have strung up.
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This post was originally published on April 4, 2019 and revised and updated on May 22, 2020.