I’m back today to share a little bit more about my balcony! In case you missed it, I shared all about my patio furniture over in this post. Today, I’m going to focus on how I hung these beautiful Project62 outdoor string lights with frosted bulbs.
My balcony faces directly west, so it gets direct afternoon sunlight. This time of year, from about 4pm to sunset, it is just too hot to sit out there because the sun is beaming down right on you. However, as soon as the sun dips lower into the sky, my balcony becomes my favorite place to be. It’s awesome to sit out there on evenings with a late dinner or La Croix and just relax. It’s also a great place to have friends over for wine nights.
I knew from the second I signed the lease on this apartment that I wanted to put string lights out on my balcony. As I’ve mentioned before, I spent a lot of nights last summer out on my sister’s balcony and that really made me want one of my own. My sister has string lights hung on her balcony, and I loved the magical touch they added to our nights spent outside, so I knew I wanted to hang some on my balcony, too.
At the beginning of May, when the weather started to be consistently warm, I was spending almost every night after work out there, so I decided it was time to install some lights!
As I mentioned, I hung these Project62 outdoor string lights with frosted bulbs on my balcony. My balcony runs the span of my apartment, and took three strings of lights to reach the whole way across. Since I was covering a pretty long area with lights, and I knew we’d probably get some pretty windy thunderstorms this summer, I secured the strings of lights with zip ties at different points. If you’re covering a smaller length, I am not sure if that step would be necessary, but because my balcony is so long, I think it really makes a difference. Regardless of how windy it gets, my lights stay in place.
I decided to do this project on a whim one day when I was walking around Target. In hindsight, I wish I would have bought outdoor string lights that had plastic bulbs. As I was hanging these lights, I broke a few in the process. Unfortunately, Target does not sell replacement bulbs for these lights. BUT, I figured out that the bulbs do screw off the string, so I just bought an extra string of lights to have as backup for when the bulbs break. Since these lights have been up on the balcony for over a month now, none of them have broken in wind or storms, and I think that’s because they don’t move around all that much because of the aforementioned zip ties.
All in all, I am really happy with how these Project62 outdoor string lights with frosted bulbs turned out on my balcony—even when I am not sitting outside, I turn them on at night because they are beautiful to look at from inside my apartment, too.
Here’s to many more nights spent out here this summer! x