How to hang festoon lights

View the video

How to hang festoon lights

View the video
×

More D.I.Y. Advice

painted terrecotta pots 01:48

Planters How to upcycle terracotta pots There’s no need to buy expensive new pots to give your garden a whole new look – just update the ones you’ve got with a lick of paint and some nifty know-how.

Finished view of installed festoon lights in back yard setting 01:46

Lighting How to hang festoon lights Create a glittering galaxy of light overhead with pretty festoon lighting. Not only are festoon lights energy efficient, they’re also affordable and easy to install.

Finished view of vertical garden panel 01:46

Planters How to make a vertical wall garden Give your garden a stylish makeover with a simple-to-install vertical garden kit. It’s basic to assemble and utilises a ready-made outdoor screen panel – too easy! Here’s how:

Finished view of portable garden bed in back yard. 01:24

Planters How to make a portable garden bed Short on space? Maybe you’re renting or on the move and need a mobile garden solution? Portable garden beds are really easy to make and can be moved anywhere you have sun and a flat surface! All you need are some castors and a bit of nifty know-how.

timber and concrete bench 01:47

Outdoor Living How to make a timber and concrete bench Want new bench seats for your outdoor space? Make your own with concrete blocks and some panel fencing timber. Follow these simple steps from Bunnings Warehouse.

a tree lit up with solar lights around it 01:46

Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

How to install a fence extender 01:52

Fences & Gates How to install a fence extension Create some extra privacy for your outdoor space by adding a fence extension. They’re super affordable and really easy to install. Here’s how.

How to paint a fence with a spray gun 02:11

Fences & Gates How to paint a fence with a spray gun Make your fence look a million bucks without the cost of replacing it! Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to update the look of your front or back yard. Check out how.

Create a glittering galaxy of light overhead with pretty festoon lighting. Not only are festoon lights energy efficient, they’re also affordable and easy to install. Here’s how.

Tools and materials:

Cable ties

Copper swage

Drill

Eye protection

Festoon lights

Ladder

Measuring tape

Pencil

Phillips head bit

Rope thimble

Scissors

Steel wire eye strap

Swage crimper

Wire rope

Tools and materials needed to hang festoon lights

1. Choose your lights

Festoon lights are a great way to introduce soft, ambient lighting to your outdoor area. And the good news is that festoon light sets come in a range of styles and colours. You can opt for warm white – like we have – or really get the party started by choosing coloured bulbs.

2. Decide where to hang your festoon lights

Once you’ve picked out your lights it’s time to get measuring and marking up where you want to put your steel wire eye strap – this will form the anchor point for your lights. Hang them outdoor to create ambient lighting in your garden, backyard or balcony. The sky’s the limit in terms of design – criss-cross them over or opt for longer lengths. It’s up to you!

Measuring distance between festoon light anchor points

3. Measure up your steel wire

This length of wire rope will be what reinforces your lights and keeps them hanging in the correct position. The easiest way to measure how much you’ll need is to set your measuring tape to one metre, then unspool the wire according to how many metres you’ll need. Add an extra 30cm to each end of your rope to ensure you’ve got enough for mounting. Once you’ve got your desired length, use the wire cutter on your swage crimper to cut the rope.

Marking up placement of festoon light anchors with a pencil

4. Create your swage

Grab your swage and thread it through the wire rope. Create a loop and thread the wire back through the swage, pulling it tight before adding your rope thimble into the loop you’ve created. Push it up to make sure it’s tight, then using your swaging tool, crimp the swage closed to make sure the wire rope stays in place.

Cutting cable rope with a swaging tool

5. Mount your eye straps

Put your eye strap through the loop you’ve just created – you’re now ready to create your first mounting point. Screw in your eye strap to the point you previously marked on your wall. We are drilling into aluminium so we made sure to wear our protective eyewear and used metal screws (you’ll need timber screws if you’re drilling into timber).

Looping eye strap through cable rope swage

6. Connect your wire rope

Connect your wire rope to the metal eye strap, then create another loop at the other end, threading back through the swage. Add another rope thimble and clamp using your swage tool – pull your wire rope nice and tight before clamping down.

Attaching cable rope swage to anchor point

7. Hang your lights

Start with the power point connection end first to make sure you don’t run out of lead – then go nuts! Remember – if you’re using an older set of festoon lights, check the light bulbs work FIRST before installing. String your lights up along the wire rope, securing with cable ties as you go (remember to cut off any extra lengths to keep things neat). If you would like your lights to be straight, link your cable ties close together and pull taught. If you’d like a draping effect, spread the cable ties out and leave loose.

Tying festoon lights to cable rope with a cable tie

8. The scene is set

Once the sun goes down you’ll get the full effect and, trust us, it will be MAGNIFICENT!

Watch more from the series

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 4: Lounge Makeover  by Rachel-Lee and Rachel Aust.

painted terrecotta pots 01:48

Planters How to upcycle terracotta pots There’s no need to buy expensive new pots to give your garden a whole new look – just update the ones you’ve got with a lick of paint and some nifty know-how.

Finished view of installed festoon lights in back yard setting 01:46

Lighting How to hang festoon lights Create a glittering galaxy of light overhead with pretty festoon lighting. Not only are festoon lights energy efficient, they’re also affordable and easy to install.

Finished view of vertical garden panel 01:46

Planters How to make a vertical wall garden Give your garden a stylish makeover with a simple-to-install vertical garden kit. It’s basic to assemble and utilises a ready-made outdoor screen panel – too easy! Here’s how:

Finished view of portable garden bed in back yard. 01:24

Planters How to make a portable garden bed Short on space? Maybe you’re renting or on the move and need a mobile garden solution? Portable garden beds are really easy to make and can be moved anywhere you have sun and a flat surface! All you need are some castors and a bit of nifty know-how.

timber and concrete bench 01:47

Outdoor Living How to make a timber and concrete bench Want new bench seats for your outdoor space? Make your own with concrete blocks and some panel fencing timber. Follow these simple steps from Bunnings Warehouse.

a tree lit up with solar lights around it 01:46

Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

How to install a fence extender 01:52

Fences & Gates How to install a fence extension Create some extra privacy for your outdoor space by adding a fence extension. They’re super affordable and really easy to install. Here’s how.

How to paint a fence with a spray gun 02:11

Fences & Gates How to paint a fence with a spray gun Make your fence look a million bucks without the cost of replacing it! Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to update the look of your front or back yard. Check out how.

hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

orchid

Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost any piece of furniture with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content