How to hang string lights?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Poles in the ground and lights strung between them?

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

 

Sierrap93:  if you don’t have any trees I agree that posts in the ground might be best or, and this might be a bit out there, have you thought about laying them on the floor to make patterns something like here… Might work or I might be crazy 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hm. Is the rain plan inside the cabin?

You can use the cabin as anchors for one side, but if there aren’t any trees, you’ll have to make the other anchor points. All I can really think of is a pole. It would probably need to be pounded into the ground and then either held back with tension cords that are also staked into the ground or braced from the inside. Also, the lights will sag, so if you want people to be able to walk under them, they will need to be pretty high at the point where they are hung. The only other thing that I can think of would be a tall car/truck/van that you could use as an anchor. 

Also, as you’re planning, remember that you will also need multiple starting points because you can only string a couple strands in a row (the package should say how many you can string together). So you could have, like, three different anchors along the side of the cabin and then have spokes coming off each of those.

We strung lights between our tent and a treeline and then around and between the trees:

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The way some rental company’s do it is by getting those big buckets like the 5gal Home Depot ones and a large pole with a eye hook at the end. Put the poll in the bucket centered hook up and then fill the bucket with cement. Thecovert paint to change the bucket color and/or drape fabric over the bucket and poll for a different look or feel.

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