12 Outdoor String Lights for Your Yard

When creating an outdoor area, string lights are like the icing on the cake — they're the decorative final touch that brings everything together. And options abound: You'll find many renditions of Edison-style bulbs, along with bohemian lanterns, and bulbs that take advantage of festive shapes and colors. It all depends on what type of backyard or patio look you're trying to achieve. Check out these options below to find your perfect match!

world market string lights
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Classic Edison bulbs on this string of lights will cast a warm glow on a romantic dinner party.

lantern string lights
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At first, a string of lanterns might not seem like the most practical outdoor option, but guess what? These lovely lights are weather-resistant.

oh joy pink string lights
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Basically, you can't go wrong with any of the Oh Joy!/Target collaborations — and these fun pops of pink are proof.

anthropologie string lights
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Gold, lace-like cups dot this string, adding extra twinkle to a patio.

These LED string lights feature clear bulbs adorned with copper wiring. The result? Delicate light cast on your outdoor space.

cargo string lights
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These lights are distinctly Indiana Jones-esque — but in the best way possible. Add an extra industrial touch to poolsides, rustic barns, or eating areas.

pineapple string lights
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For parties, bring in the fun with Sunnylife's pineapple string lights. They'll instantly make you want to pump up the tunes and sip a cold beverage.

Restoration Hardware's classic globe-shaped, Edison-style lights are a great choice if you're looking for something traditional. To make your design a bit more dynamic, try mixing up bulb sizes (they come in small and large).

smith and hawken string lights
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Twine brings a bit of rustic whimsy to these lights, while the metal caging is all about industrial-chic style.

ikea lantern string lights
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Go boho: These Ikea lantern lights bring something a bit more festive and unexpected with a bold color and bohemian pattern.

target string lights
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If you're looking for a twist on something classic, hang these Edison-style bulbs that will surprise guests with unique, tube-shaped casings.

world market mason jar lights
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Make summer last all year round with this string of mason jars packed with tiny lights — so magical!