Post # 1
This is what I want to do:
Has anyone executed this themselves? None of the rental companies where I’m getting married will do this. It seems like it shouldn’t be that hard…. and of course my fiance says “we could do that!” Right.
Any ideas? (Obviously we know where to find the lighting… it’s stringing them that’s the problem. We can’t hang them from the trees.)
Post # 3
Bump..because I’m curious too!
Post # 4
Ms. Pink – I had someone PM me some FABULOUS directions. Here you go….
Hey! I don't know if you're still figuring out the string light thing, but there's actual a real inexpensive way to string them w/o using trees. My fiance and I got a ton of lights and the trees are placed really weird at the venue, so we are doing DIY lamp posts. It's about 8-10 bucks a post, but they look awesome.
What you need are the following:
1. a 2x2x8 lumber post similar to this:http://www.homedepot.com/Lumber-Composites-Dimensional-Lumber-Studs/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbqnrZ1z11605/R-202528734/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053Lowe's actually has it for about 1.50
Have them trim a foot off the post, and save the foot they cut off, as it will be used later.
2. A 6x6x8 cement block with a hole in the center.The opening is actually only 2-3x larger than the post itself. (About $1.30)
3. A lantern/jar (Lowes also has some awesome ones for about 3 dollars on sale)
4. Cement mix (2 bucks for a large amount)
5. A small plant (less than a dollar)
6. Wood finish/paint (price will vary)
What we are doing first is attaching the foot of wood that was cut off to the remaining wood. The 7 footer is standing vertically, while the smaller piece of wood is attached horizontally near the top. This can be done with a shelving bracket of some sort.
Then a hook is put into the horizontal piece sticking out, so the lantern can hang from the end of it.
The wooden post is then put into the cement block.
We are choosing not to center the post, but to actually put it as far left as it will go, and then filling the hole up with cement only about 3/4 of the way.
After the cement dries, we will actually be filling the remaining portion of the cement block with soil and a small flower or plant of some sort.
We are then painting the wooden post and giving it a nice finish.
Now, not only do you have a DIY lamp post, but you can actually string lights from post to post as well.
Post # 5
oh poo IDK why it posts all bunched up like that… and it won’t let me fix it. 🙁
Post # 6
this is awesome! i was trying to figure out how to do lights like this as well.
thanks for posting the instructions!
Post # 7
Just in case anyone searches this…. What we ended up doing was renting a tent FRAME without the tent. They didn’t charge very much. They wrapped the metal poles with fabric and strung lights within the square “top” of the frame. We had it big enough to fit over our dance floor. It worked perfectly minus the draped frame looking a little out of style. (Think white tulle. Yick.)