Dude. I love Target. Srsly. LURVE.
I ONLY shop the clearance at Target, and I score loads of the best stuff. Every time I go in there.
Last week was no exception. I found these adorable lights for less than $7 a box.
Okay, okay… it wasn’t the best deal I’ve ever gotten at Target, but they are so cute, and I have been wanting some for forever, so I went ahead and bought them.
How perfect would these fun lights be on my little deck?
I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve been on a serious spruce-up-the-yard tangent. In August. In 107 degrees. I am officially insane.
I guess I can just feel Fall headed our way… this November. Ya, we don’t really DO Fall in Texas. I’m just so over the heat.
Anyhoo, the deck needed 3 packs of lights shockingly. Thank goodness I don’t have a normal sized deck. 3 boxes was already 20 bucks! Dang.
I was so excited for my festive little lights that I couldn’t even wait until day time to put them up.
Okay, quick tutorial… To install, I used my staple gun that my dad gave me years ago. I think it’s Craftsman brand (Sears) but I’m not sure. Works great though.
I just stapled the strand of lights every foot or so around the underside of the deck. WARNING! Make sure you put the staple on either side of the cord, NOT through the cord.
See how the cord runs between the staple? If you puncture your cord it will probably short out and not work.
Easy as pie.
Kinsey helped me hang them. She loves helping out with little projects.
My new bistro set is already a crowd pleaser. Everyone is drawn to it and plops right down. It’s very inviting.
We’ve had them up for a few nights now. So far, the family has flocked to the deck each evening just to stand there and “hang out”. I didn’t realize the lights would be so mesmerizing.
Seriously. Could these lights be any cuter?
The casings around the lights are metal, so I’m assuming they will hold up just fine outside. Plus, we’re totally in a drought so I don’t have to worry about too much rain. The real issue is the heat, but I’m not worried.
And here’s a daytime shot. I love the bright colors.
Finally, after a year in the house (can you believe we’ve been here a whole year?!!!), the deck is spruced up enough that I don’t cringe every time I open the back door. We recently added the Bistro Set, and now we’ve got this great mood lighting.
For the first time ever, last night I sat outside with my laptop and actually enjoyed my space. It was so blissful and relaxing. And thanks to the drought we are in, we’ve been strangely mosquito-free this summer. Double bonus.
Am I the only one who likes moody lighting on my deck? Do you have any? How do you like to relax outside?