DIY Outdoor String Light Poles

What do you do when you want to hang string lights in the yard but there is no place to hang them?  You make your own hangers of course! Today my daughter and I are making easy poles for hanging outdoor lights...

outdoor lights and bushes


Easy is right!


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We started out in Home Depot looking for galvanized tubs to fill with cement and a pole to hang string lights. 


What we found was much, much easier and less expensive! 


These cement bases...


cement pole holder with a hole


Not sure what they are really used for but they were perfect for what we had in mind. 


We purchased 6 cement bases and 6 2x2" pressure treated poles. 


Be very sure the poles you buy are straight because some are not. 


The poles and bases were about $8.00 each, a lot less than galvanized tubs! 


We brought the pieces home and mixed up Fast Setting Concrete Mix


filling base with cement


You don't need much cement, about a cup for each base. 


pouncing down the cement


We held the pole in the base then poured in the cement. 


filling base with cement


The cement was thick so it needed to be pounced down with a piece of scrap wood to make sure it filled the space. 


At this time you will want to be very sure the pole is straight. 


The cement dried very quickly. 


cement bases for poles


When the cement was dry we stained the pole. 


staining wooden pole


At the top of the pole we attached a clamp to zip tie the lights to each pole


clamp at top of stained pole


Lastly, we spread out the posts around the patio and attached the lights.


You can paint the cement bases if needed but we are choosing to leave them natural to match the patio pavers. 


light poles spread out on patio

 

These DIY light poles are the perfect solution to hanging string lights in the yard. 


outdoor lights on poles


The poles can also be easily moved if for any reason you need to move the lights for the night. 


outdoor light bases


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outdoor light pole pin


They look amazing at night and couldn't have been easier! 


backyard at night with lights

The fire pit is a Solo Fire Pit is an amazing fire pit with little or no smoke and comes in several different sizes! 


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If you're thinking of building your own fire pit, I've got the tutorial for you! 


If you plan on adding a gazebo to your patio, here is the perfect way to secure the gazebo with no damage to the patio. 


outdoor lights with overlay


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .

Comments

  1. Oh my, you did a brillant job. They look so elegant and professional looking.

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  2. I love your attention to detail, Susan. The lights add such a beautiful ambiance.

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    1. Thank you Meegan, it was fun and her backyard looks amazing!

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  3. Wow perfect timing I’ve been wanting to add light in my back yard. Great post

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