When my boyfriend and I first moved in to our new apartment, I couldn’t wait to deck the place out in string lights. I was so eager in fact, I bought a set of lights months before moving in. It didn’t matter that we were supposed to be budgeting for things like a toaster and a microwave. Those things were boring and I had to have string lights.
When it came time to install them, I couldn’t find any directions online that didn’t make me want to yell at the computer screen. So, we started with trial and error. The first attempt actually involved duct-taping the wire to the wall (the effect wasn’t subtle). But in the end, the solution was super cheap and super simple: cup hooks! Let me tell you, this is the easiest setup ever.
We decided to hang our lights against the wall, in a fun up and down pattern. To do this, you’ll need to make tiny holes in your wall. Since I don’t intend to take my lights down, like ever, fear of permanently damaging the wall didn’t slow me down. I have yet to consult my landlord on this matter, but he’ll totally get it, right?
Step 1: Buy some hooks.
The only things we bought for this setup were two packs of cup hooks from the hardware store (about $5 in total). We ended up using 8 hooks.
Step 2: Screw the hooks along 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 we wanted, we installed our hooks just below the ceiling, at intervals of about 3 feet. Tip: If you’re having trouble twisting the hooks in, use a screw and a hammer to make a small hole in the wall first.
Step 3: Hang your lights.
Once the hooks are up, you can simply drape the lights over the hooks, in whatever fashion you like. String lights shouldn’t be heavy at all, so I promise this setup is secure (no broken lights on our end!).
Step 4: Plug them into an extension cord.
The final and most important step is plugging in your lights. Unless your lights are battery-operated, you’ll need to get them into an outlet or the magic will be totally lost. Our solution was to use an extension cord to connect one end of the lights into an outlet on the lower wall (sneakily, our curtain typically hides the cord so you can’t even see it). If you don’t have one already lying around, you can get an extension cord for about $5 at a hardware store. Magic saved!
The lights we have are from Indigo (see them here), but you can find lights like these at most home decor stores. To cover the whole kitchen area, we needed to buy 3 sets of 10 lights from Indigo. The strings 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! I hope you found this post helpful and that it didn’t make you scream at your computer. Happy string lighting 🙂