DIY Outdoor Lighting

Rolling out the LightsHanging Lights on Pole Hanging Lights on Ladder at House
Backyard Lights at Night

Our backyard is completely shaded by two massive oak trees.  No grass will grow whatsoever which results in a yard of dirt, sand, rocks and weeds.  Honestly, it’s just not all that appealing to hang out in. So, in an effort to make our backyard not only attractive, but (as my husband says) an oasis, we completed phase 2 of our backyard remodel. {You can see phase 1, DIY fire pit, here) We cemented two poles strategically in order to string outdoor lights around the fire pit and landscaping. The two poles will be the beginning of phase 3 of the backyard remodel, which will be a full gazebo. More to come on this soon (hopefully).

Here are the step-by-step instructions along with links to the supplies.

2 – 8 foot pre-treated wooden posts
2 long nails
2 bags of quick dry cement
Outdoor string lights


  1. Measure spots for both poles each from the back of the house as well as the distance from each other.
  2. Mark the two spots.
  3. Dig a hole about 18″ in circumference and 2 feet deep.
  4. Fill the hole half way with water.
  5. Pour in one bag of the quick dry cement.
  6. Use a level to even out the pole all directions (top and sides).
  7. Hold in place for a few minutes. It will fully dry in about a couple of hours.
  8. Repeat #’s 3 -7 for the second post.
  9. Once completely dry, put a nail in the top of each post.
  10. String lights from the house, then to first post, then to second post and finally back to the house.

*My apologies for the fuzzy photos.  It was near dark or completely dark and they were taken with my phone.


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