DIY Garden Post

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Pool Noodle Lighting Hack

To build my DIY garden post I went to my local dollar store and picked up a solar light, pool noodle, broom handle, and two wooden signs.  

I started this craft off by removing the stickers from my pool noodle. 

After the sticker was removed, I worked the pool noodle to straighten it slightly for the broom pole.  

You can either take off the top of the broom handle or leave it on. I ended up removing it from my DIY garden lamp post.  

Next, I took the pole and put it into the pool noodle. I left the screw end pushed out slightly.  

Then I grabbed the wooden signs and decided what direction I wanted them to point and measured them to get the length and width for where the text would go. 

I printed the script on my Cricut but you could paint it on as well.  

Transfer tape worked well for me to apply the letters to the clean signs.  

No matter whether you choose to paint or use vinyl, make sure to seal the wood on both sides to prevent weathering. 

I then use black spray paint on the pool noodle. You may have to go over it a few times and definitely make sure to do this outside in a well-ventilated area.  

Once the pool noodle was fully dry, I applied glue to the light bottom and put it into the top of the pool noodle. You may want to hold it for a couple of seconds to make sure it is stuck in place.  

For the ground light, I used glue to attach the sign, 

and then used tape to hold it in place until it was dry.  

To attach the arrow to the light, I looped it over facing backward and then twisted it once so that it stayed in place.  

Finally, I dug a hole outside and pushed the screw end of the broomstick into the ground,  

and added the ground light next to the pole. 

My new DIY garden post looks great both in the daytime and at night and will help to point out this pesky step to anyone who comes over.

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  • June June on Mar 17, 2022

    What spray paint did you use that did not "melt" the noodle ?

  • Kristen Rodarmel-Miller Kristen Rodarmel-Miller on Mar 24, 2022

    This is too cute just bought the supplies. What kinda glue did you use?

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Apr 02, 2022

    Did you do anything special to weatherproof the broom handle? If it's untreated wood, won't it rot fairly soon? I'd hate to see your beautiful project fall apart so quickly!

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  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 15, 2022

    Great idea

  • P P on Mar 17, 2022

    I was advised NOT to paint the raised edge of a cracked walkway or sidewalk on our property a bright color so people would realize their was an uneven place/trip hazard because doing so meant I knew it was there & was therefor more liable if someone was injured & brought suit against me because I knew it - obviously- and didn't fix or repair it! pointing this step out might be same issue - better to make it flush and safe than merely point it out!

    • Lori Flood-Mclaughlin Lori Flood-Mclaughlin on Mar 23, 2022

      It's her home. If someone's coming over "and there's warning signs that there is a step, not anything wrong. Just merely, a I highly doubt this is anything like painting an uneven surface that should be fixes. Don't ya think.