I've always loved seeing neighbours' yards lit up at night when running around my local area. I decided to add some festoon party lights to our backyard. It was inexpensive and adds atmosphere to our outdoor area.
There are plenty of festoon light options at Bunnings. I purchased a few timber offcuts to extend the height of my fence posts and give me something to anchor them to. I lopped the top of the timber pieces off on an angle to prevent water from pooling and gave them a quick lick of paint to match the fence.
I used steel wire, a few eye hooks and a cable tensioner to string the guide wire to support the lights so that the electrical cable wasn't supporting the weight of the lights. I then attached the lights to the wire using cable ties. I've got the lights on a smart switch so I can run them on a schedule or say "Hey Google, turn on the fairy lights", which the kids love to do!
All in all it was $110, which included the lights and fittings for a 20m run of lights.
How to hang festoon lights
Not only are festoon lights energy efficient, they're also affordable and easy to install. Follow this step-by-step guide to hang festoon lights at your place: How To Hang Festoon Lights.