DIY: Lighting a Patio for Graduation Parties!

June 14, 2019

We love this time of year! (It also makes us a little ferklempt!) Young men and women across the country are walking across the stage and starting the next grand adventures of their lives! So exciting!

After tissue-time, we love the serial parties! Backyard events with friends and family, the best dad-grilled hamburgers, and the electronic equivalent of a this-is-your-life slideshow.

We also love all the lights.

Jeff and Michelle were kind enough to photograph their party lights. We are so inspired!

Get the Look

Installation Tips

When working with glass bulbs, always order an extra box. Breakage happens.

Test your patio or flashing with a magnet to make sure it doesn’t just “look like metal”.

Install clips at a rate of every bulb to every 3-4 bulbs

These clips only work with traditional 18-AWG lamp cord style lights. The clips snug onto the bottom of the sockets and the wire loops under the side clips that secure the hold. They aren’t a great fit for light strings with multi-wire harnesses.

Now, we’ll stop talking and show the photos!!!

In this installation, the homeowner chose to swag alternate bulbs with a clip on every other socket. What a great look!

Using an adapter and an outlet tied to a switch makes it super-easy to power the lights and turn them on and off from inside the house.

The clips.

Ready for the Party!!!

We so appreciate these photos and would love to see yours. Please share them on social @christmaslightsource, #christmaslightsource

Share your ideas and questions in the comments below!

Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

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