Outdoor Oasis

Virginia B
by Virginia B
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2 Minutes
I've always wished for a place where I could string lights and lanterns from trees. I'm sure you, too, have seen pictures of huge trees with low lying branches filled with lights creating a dreamy outdoor "room" perfect for enjoying a beautiful evening.
Well, in all of our 7 plus acres we don't have any such trees to accommodate my desire for such a space. So, we took a trip to our home improvement store to improvise.
We already had some metal fence posts. My husband pounded 5 of the posts into the ground along the edge of the concrete that surround our pool. Then we used screws to attach 2 x 2's to the posts. Originally my husband wanted to use metal pipes. I didn't like the look of that and the 2 x 2's were a lot less expensive. And, this part of the project took less than an hour!
I wanted the wood to blend in more with the nature that surrounds it, so I painted both the wood and the metal with the color, Collard Greens, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I found some awesome outdoor lights for 50% off at Michaels. We added a nail to the top of each post to wrap the lights around. We also used tie wraps to help hold the lights in place.
We strung the lights from post to post to form a triangle, then back and forth to create a zigzag over my table.
The lights give off the perfect amount of light.
My outdoor oasis in my new favorite place to spend the evening!
Suggested materials:
  • Metal fence posts   (Home Depot)
  • 2 x 2's   (Home Depot)
  • Outdoor string lights   (Michaels)
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  • Barbara Evans Barbara Evans on Jul 29, 2017
    What about mosquitoes ? Are they attracted to the lights?do you have a way to keep them away?

  • Jin23985026 Jin23985026 on Jul 30, 2017
    How do you screw a 2x2 to a metal T-bar?

  • Fai28478155 Fai28478155 on Aug 07, 2017
    And how do supply electrical to the lights? You don't address that.

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  • Tonya Tonya on Aug 19, 2017
    So so cool. I would love to have relaxing yard like this. Awesome idea.

  • Lovesunique Lovesunique on Aug 19, 2017
    The night and lights is always a good combination. So inviting!