Any thoughts on HOW to make this "light tower" happen?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee

You could use outdoor umbrella stands, or something to go along with your theme? Drill holes into tree stumps or stick the steaks into planters with flowers that coordinate with your wedding?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

The first time I Saw this on Pinterest it had a link to a how to. Lets see if I can find it! 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Oh I just realize that the link how to is for outdoors, and says just to stick it in the ground. Hmm. I would probably use PVC pipe or some sort of plastic pipe and a wood base. Maybe like a block of wood or maybe a stand up coat hanger or something

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Those are probably anchored to the ground which would be the best way( if you can do that at your venue) using pvc pipe and a flange on the bottom, then bolted to the ground. If you can’t do that, I make similar balloon towers with weighed bottoms.

Get deck support concrete blocks like this: www.homedepot.com/p/11-1-2-in-x-8-in-x-11-1-2-in-Concrete-Block-10550005/100350712#.UkCdgzzD9PE

1 1/2″ pvc pipe ( http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-1-2-in-x-10-ft-PVC-Sch-40-DWV-Plain-End-Pipe-531111/100135041) fits loosly inside the hole in the support, so you’ll just need to pack it with paper or something so it doesn’t wobble. 

Run your light cord through the notch in the bottom of and up through the hole in the support before packing with whatever for stability. Wrap your lights around the pole to the top, then wrap the support block in fabric, flowers etc. You can even wrap lights around the support before you put fabric on it to make it glow. 

Put your paper lanterns over the pole until you’ve stacked to the top and voilá you have lit paper lantern poles. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@kjf8402:  For the base, you could probably use a nice big sheet of plywood (at least 2’X2′ I think) and put some flowers/ground decor that’s heavy on it. Have the lights start above where the ground decor does.

OR – how about have pots of flowers with the light poles anchored in them? You could use real or fake ones, as long as the pot was heavy enough to ground the poles and the base has enough grip. I, personally, think this is a more elegant method, but it might not work for your theme.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Cement them in or pour gravel around them ( a lot of gravel since it isn’t as stable as solid cement) but you should test it out first since certain shapes of pots can be top heavy and tip easily. The  premade concrete blocks probably wouldn’t be all that stable inside of a pot and plywood would be hard to hide due to the size you would need to keep them stable. 

How modern are you trying to go? What’s your budget per pole? How do you feel about a simple “stainless steel” cylinder pot (because those would be easy to make and cheap using a combination of the above ideas)? Or of course classic terracotta painted a color would look great too and be inexpensive.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@kjf8402:  Lol my best crafty moments come from wandering aimlessly. I happened through a home depot today and saw a couple things that might work. There were some white buckets in paint that you could use with a ribbon at the top to hide the buckety look, as well as some inexpensive, modern looking pots in the garden section around 6 bucks each. They were in light green, black and terracotta colors but you could always paint them. Be careful with those ten pack greenhouse pots. They are crazy crazy flimsy usually. 

Here’s the link to the green one: www.homedepot.com/p/Dynamic-Design-Newbury-13-88-in-x-13-88-in-Lotus-Green-Poly-Square-Planter-NQ1412LO/203629977#.UkH7rTzD9PE

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