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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.

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
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.
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 used for this project:

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

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 7, 2017

    So pretty!

  • Argress Polite
    Argress Polite Rural Hall, NC
    on Mar 7, 2017

    Nice! Could PVC pipe be used instead so that you can use a piece across the top and use it to hang fabric and/or lights for a backdrop?

    • Laura.YSG
      Laura.YSG Hartwell, GA
      on Mar 7, 2017

      I don't see why not! I would check that the pipe is UV rated if it's going to stay outdoors.

  • Love it! I was just looking for a way to light up the balcony!

  • Christina Kamp
    Christina Kamp Tonkawa, OK
    on Mar 21, 2017

    What a clever idea. I love it and so cute!

  • Diane S
    Diane S Wantagh, NY
    on Mar 21, 2017

    You can put some silk flowers in the bucket to dress it up and run floral garland up the pole.

    • Laura.YSG
      Laura.YSG Hartwell, GA
      on Mar 30, 2017

      Yes! Or even small potted plants. And wrap more lights up the pole! I love the way they can be adapted to match the decor of different events.

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