Post # 1
We’ve decided to also use paper lanterns in our reception and have a good layout for how we want to hang them from our tent. After lots of searching and reading, we’ve decided to string fishing line between the tent poles and hang the lanterns from that, instead of clustering them around a single tent pole.
I’ve found lots of information on how to hang the lantern itself from the fishing line, but none on specifically how to attach the fishing line to the tent pole. Obviously you make a loop and knot it. But how do you prevent it from sliding down the pole? Our center tent poles are tall and our exterior tent poles are only 8′, so we’re going to have the fishing line on a diagonal upward to our center tent poles. If we just knot the fishing line around the tent poles, won’t it start sliding down after the lanterns are on? Has anyone else run into this issue and can say how they solved it? Thanks!!
Post # 3
I think a small piece of rubber or something tacky inside the loop of the fishing line around the pole should help. Think like the little rubber shims they include with gadgets you wrap around metal objects (like bike lights for handlebars, etc). Also, if you do a slip knot of some sort along with your rubber that will help to keep the line tight around the pole as you put more weight on it. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
This sounds really tacky- but when I do the same thing with twine to string up my tomatoe plants on bamboo stalks I use zip ties to keep the twine from sliding. I bet though that if you wrapped the fishing line (and had a solid 12-15lb test line) many times around each pole it would hold its own. If there any chance you could notch the poles for the line to fit into? If not using a rubber washer/spacer or zip tie + a piece of ribbon to cover it up is prolly the best bet!
Post # 5
Heh, my first thought was to use tape, but I think the zip tie is a good idea too. If you’re using a white tent, use white zip ties. I really doubt people will notice. They’ll notice the lanterns the most.
Post # 6
Oooh…zip ties. Now there is an idea. I like the idea of the rubber stopper too. It sounds like a trip to the hardware store is in my future for the weekend. Thanks everyone!