For my latest install on our patio, I used these tools: staple gun, nylon twine, scissors, a lighter (for cauterizing the twine) and two pencils/pens. This method will hang the lights from the twine using the small clips on the backs of each bulb, instead of using the power cord to hold the weight of the lights. The twine is 24lb test so it should do a good job of holding up the lights. Remember: they weigh more and are more delicate than Christmas lights!
Step 2: Measure your twine. Stick a pen/pencil into the ground at each end of the string of lights. Tie off one end of the twine to one pencil.
Step3: Mount the string up to the place you want your lights to hang from. I staplegunned the ends of the string first to my endpoints. Then I takced up the centrepoint in the middle of our patio awning. After that I put up the two new midpoints, and made a W shape on the ceiling.
Plug in and enjoy!
That's all for now - I hope you find this helpful.
Thank you to Loni for chance to guest write!