Last weekend Steve had the idea that it was time to add globe string lights to the back patio. Especially since we were starting to see them on clearance in the garden section of just about everywhere. And, according to Rachel, my teenager least likely to be found in the garden… it was the coolest thing we have done outside yet. The globe lights just keep making me feel like we’re sitting outside an Airstream on vacation in 1955. Or at a cool urban outdoor restaurant. Or in Austin. Convinced? So check out all these outdoor globe string light ideas and be inspired!
We purchased two strings of globe lights from Target at less than $15, and strung them to our roof edge and back to the support poles for our shade sails. We now know that there are some at Costco that are a lot nicer and more heavy duty, maybe a little more expensive but actually we have seen them come down in price drastically in the last couple years. Update: We found these on Amazon and they are very comparable to the Costco lights and they are LED! But we just love the glow and the outdoor ambiance that these outdoor globe string lights give off!
We actually want to start you off with a DIY tutorial… In the case you don’t have already existing supports, ‘Bright July‘ shows you how to make some easy support poles for outdoor globe string lights. Now that you have this down, the rest is pure inspiring!
This next idea is from ‘The Haystack Needle‘, and goes to show you can get that sweet European restaurant flavor even if your outdoor space is a small alleyway. Or maybe especially because it’s a small alleyway!
From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, this lovely cottage in So Cal wraps the outdoor globe string lights through a rustic overhang, and makes them even more charming than on their own.
Use just a couple of strands of globe lights over an eating area… takes the dining area away from anything related to boring, especially for an evening cocktail or cup of tea.
From ‘Brick and Mortar‘, this is another example of how you can use globe string lights in a small space, and make big impact.
From a backyard makeover from ‘Hometalk‘, this backyard space would not be the same without these lights. Don’t believe me? Cover the top of the photo, then uncover… see? These globe lights look like the type that you can get at costco which as I mentioned are a little more heavy duty. They even have LED versions now!
From Beth at ‘Local Milk‘, who, btw, has won numerous awards for her food and photography blog (Visit! Amazing!)… these are again a great example of how simplicity works with these globe string lights… you don’t need some big display like Christmas on steroids… And you don’t have to just use them up above! Line a porch railing or deck with them… use creativity!
Finally, from Pinterest, this is one last bit of inspiration. Sorry, couldn’t find the source for this photo.
Hopefully you are inspired to get some outdoor globe string lights yourself and bring some ambience to your backyard or patio! Be sure and check out our post on 15 Backyard Lighting Ideas and DIY Patio floors Ideas! Our sister site OhMeOhMy also has a great post on Starry Starry String Lights : Decor Ideas for Year Round you might love as well! Also check out How To Install LED Strip Lights on our other sister site TBD!