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DIY String Light Poles

These mobile string light poles are the perfect easy DIY for spring.

They can really be used anywhere. They would be great on a patio or around the pool, but, at the farm, I love using them to light up outdoor living spaces under the trees and around the garden.

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Shopping List
  • 6 gallon galvanized buckets 2 @ $15 each
  • Quikrete 2 @ $3 per 60# bag
  • 2″ diameter 10-foot long gray electrical conduit tubes 2 @ $7 each
  • PVC caps 2 @ $2 each
+paint to match conduit tubes if needed
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Assembly (Requires 2 people)
  • Find a level area to assemble the light poles
  • Fill bucket 3/4 full with water
  • Stand conduit on end and hold in place
  • Pour bag of Quikrete into bucket and stir with a stick – Don’t move the conduit
  • It should set up enough to let go of the conduit within a couple minutes
  • Leave it on level ground for 48 hours

Once the Quikrete is set up, lay the pole over on its side to place the PVC cap over the open end at the top. This will prevent rain water from filling your PVC pipe. I did have to paint my PVC caps with gray paint to make them match. I already had some, but a can of gray spray paint is all you would need.
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These string light poles were so easy and turned out looking great. The best thing is that they are mobile, and we can use it anywhere on the farm with these great solar lights. It’s not like they lit up the farm, but they allowed for ambient lighting outside for guests to gather.

We hung the lights by wrapping them and using zip ties. We always have a set of  zip ties around the farm.

They can be dressed up with more lights, plants or even fabric for fancy parties and left as is for more a casual get-together.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Galvanized Buckets
  • Quikrete
  • Electrical conduit
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To see more: http://youshouldgrow.com/mobile-string-light-poles/

  • Sharoncarlson

    Love the lights on your poles. I did the same bucket and quikrete to make an umbrella stand. It was an 11' diameter and most of the stands I could buy were not heavy duty enough to hold it up withou being in a table. I wanted it to be moible so I

  • Julie Albright Meyer

    Electricity and water

  • Melissa V
    Melissa V Wyoming, MI

    Way back when (when I was a kid) we had a big square block of concrete that my grampa Jim made in a box-it had a slightly large metal pole that stuck out about 6" and some kind of metal handle on one side. We used it for umbrellas, one side of the

  • Lesley Owens

    I really like this! I think I'll do it with saplings as "Poles" and old 5 gallon paint buckets as the cement container. My local Craigslist just had a free ad for 80 lbs of Quickcrete... Hm....

  • Gkmarsh

    I put a garbage bag in the bucket then pulled it out when dry. That way you can keep reusing the bucket.

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