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Christmas Yards - Easy Light Trees

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2 Hours

Here is an easy idea to light up your yard for Christmas without spending a lot of time and money. We spent $25-$30 and made three trees.

christmas yards easy light trees

To do this, you will need:

-1 1/2” PVC conduit (found by electrical supplies)

-T posts (make sure the ones you buy fit inside your pipe)

-outdoor string lights

-landscaping staples (found with the gardening supplies)

-spray paint (for tree “trunk”)

christmas yards easy light trees

Cut the pipe to your desired tree height. They come in 10 ft sections. We bought two pipes to make 3 trees; one was left at 10’, and the other was cut to be 6’ and 4’.

Next, you will need to cut notches into one end of each pipe section. These pipes have one larger end to fit pipes together, so I recommend cutting the smaller end. We cut 6 notches in ours using a reciprocating saw, each notch is around 1” deep.

When you are finished cutting everything, spray paint the pipes. I chose green, but black or brown would also work. Or you could make your trees into brighter colors - it is up to you!

christmas yards easy light trees

Decide where you want your tree(s) to go, and put up the T posts. We used a 5’ post for the 4’ tree (1 ft is in the ground), and the other two are 6’ posts. Try to make these as level as possible.

christmas yards easy light trees

Feed your pipes onto the posts. Mark out the radius of your tree. I like to use flour in a shaker/large spice container, but marking paint would also work. Size is completely up to your preferences, but I marked 3’ around the 10’ tree, 2’ for the 6’, and 1 1/2’ for the 4’ tree. You want your marks close enough to easily see a circle.

christmas yards easy light trees

Put the female end of the first strand of lights into the pipe and feed the wire into one of the notches. (You can also add a star onto the top and plug it in here if you want to!)

christmas yards easy light trees

From here you will feed the lights down to the ground, insert a landscaping staple, pull the strand +/- 1’ along the circle, insert another staple, feed the wires up and into the same notch you came out of, then out the notch next to it.

christmas yards easy light trees

I only do about 2/3 of the circle, leaving a gap at the back to use less light strands, but you can do a full circle if you want. I usually end up using 3 strands for the 10’ tree, 2 strands for the 6’, and 1 strand for the 4’. Some of this is used to string between the trees and connect all of the lights.

christmas yards easy light trees

To connect multiple strands and keep the plugs from pulling apart, twist one strand around the other before attaching the ends.

christmas yards easy light trees
christmas yards easy light trees

Turn them on and enjoy!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Susan
    on Nov 25, 2018

    How do you keep top on so it didnt fall off pipe

    • JJ
      on Nov 25, 2018

      Go back and look at the pictures and you’ll see they cut notches out on the top of the post

  • Mary Dodge
    on Nov 25, 2018

    Maybe I missed it... how long is each strand of lights? And how did you put the 1 ft of pipe in the ground?

    • Amanda
      on Nov 25, 2018

      I believe our strands are 25 ft. The pvc pipe is not in the ground, just the T-post. A post driver is the easiest way, but a hammer and block or mallet will also work.

  • Nilaboone2005
    on Nov 27, 2018

    Love this! Thanks...about how much for ALL materials...thanks again

    • Amanda
      on Nov 27, 2018

      At the very top I said that we spent about $25-$30 total to make 3 trees.

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25 of 29 comments
  • No question just a suggestion. Get a Zip Lock container, size you think you might need, cut a square out of each end of the container. Run your electrical cord thru the container with the plug in left inside the container. By doing this you keep the electrial cord plug in dry. You can spray paint it also the color of your post.

    Thank you


  • Margie Green
    7 days ago

    We did this for several years before they started showing up in yards. This is not a new idea. The front of our house is about 20-25 feet off the ground. One year my son made a tree that with the big lit star was taller than the house. He used a big log that was cut in the back woods and put a plastic cap on top that he had put notches in. We used 16 strands of lights and used big long nails with green zip ties to secure the lights and spread them out. Nails were way cheaper than the stakes would have been. We even ran 2 strands of lights up the center to cover the log and made the tree look fuller. He also used white rope lights and made a huge snowman. Shaped the hat and used blue lights and red ones to make the hat band. It was as tall as the tree. People loved them

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