String Lights Zigzagging Overhead

We love strands of white string lights for outdoor spaces. Our favorite layout? A canopy of them overhead in a zigzag pattern. It looks so casual and somehow "European" to us. Sounds silly, but that's just how it makes us feel:

The zigzag pattern of hanging lights is one of the easiest, too: Simply fix the strand in place back and forth across a space. Don't try to space it out perfectly or pull the strand tightly - let the lights hang naturally under their own weight. After all, it's the imperfections that make this look so wonderful!

How do you arrange string lights when you use them outdoors? Are they on your must-have list for outdoor entertaining?

(Images: via Daily Danny, Modern Outdoor Lighting, Sunny's Blog)

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