(Closed) Globe (Bistro/Cafe) String Lights – How do I hang them?

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My reception is going to be outdoors in a big orchard field so I needed a free standing lighting solution and found this through Martha Stewart:


It’s not the best photo but all you need are:

6-8 foot wooden poles
Screw eyes
Zip ties
Garden gravel/sand (I’m opting to use Quick-Crete just to make sure the poles are secure)
Extension cords and the lights themselves

And remember, the taller the pole the larger the bucket needs to be. You could also use childrens umbrella stands instead of the buckets if they don’t fit your theme. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
47258 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If there are trees or any structures nearby you can hang them using the following ideas:

You can get telescoping poles for hanging Christmas lights at Target, Home Depot, Ace etc. These poles come with a hook to help lift and control the light strings.

You can also use a telescoping pole that you buy for painting your house and rig a hook on the end with a wire coat hanger and duct tape.

You can buy this tool to screw onto the end of an extension pole if you need to insert screws to hold the lights at a height you can’t reach.


Here’s the search for extension poles on Lowe’s website.


If I were going to use poles in buckets or some other container I would fill the bucket with concrete rather than sand so I had a stable base.


Post # 5
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

Saraswati, thanks for the suggestion.  I will be using that idea or something very similar with x-mas lights.  Please post pics, I’d love to see how it looks.

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