Building Movable Light Post

Building a Movable Light Post

Globe lights are the perfect addition to almost any setting. Whether it be a wedding, birthday party, restaurant or your back yard, globe lights are one of the best ways to set the mood. Not only does it distribute light, they look good while doing it. 

Not all locations automatically have ideal hanging locations though, which can limit your options. This can be especially true in venues when you have very little control over the situation, and need to have a movable and temporary fix to the situation. To combat this problem, make your own.

You will want the base to be heavy enough to withstand the weight of the strands, plus the tension. This is especially important if you want your lights to be hung with minimal droop. You also want to make sure that it’s heavy enough that if one of your guests bumps into your post, they do not take down your entire light set up. 

What you need: 

  • Mixing Bucket
  • Concrete Mix
  • Plastic Planter Liner
  • Wooden Dowel, at Ideal Height (recommended at least 72 inches)
  • Face Mask
  • Mixer/Scoop
  • Optional: Matching Planter

Instructions

  1. Wear a face mask to protect against particles
  2. Mix water and concrete mix according to directions in bucket. Mix slowly until you reach oatmeal consistency. 
  3. Prepare Planter liner. Line the bottom to cover any holes. Tip: use the bag the concrete mix came in. Spray penetrating oil (like WD-40) for easy removal.
  4. Quickly scoop concrete mix into planter until 1/3 full.
  5. Insert wooden dowel.
  6. Keep adding mix until planter is full.
  7. Tap out air bubbles by tapping the side of the planter. Be sure to clean off any splatter before it dries. 
  8. Hold dowel in place for 10 min to keep straight.
  9. Let dry overnight
  10. Optional: stain or paint dowel and let dry. If leaving outdoors longer term, seal dowel with weatherproof coat. 
  11. Optional: Remove block from planter liner. 
  12. Add a hook to top of the dowel for string lights to hang from.
  13. Position posts according to layout plan. Tip: Elevate the center stand to create a canopy Effect
  14. Add lights!

Additional ideas:  

  • Instead of removing plastic liner, take the whole block with planter liner and put in planter matching your decorative design!
  • If you do not want to use cement, use rocks! Follow all steps but use rocks instead of cement. Bonus, add soil to the top and plant your favorite flower or plant!
  • Add dowel to umbrella stand filled with sand.
  • Take a lighted tree, and replace base with a heavier alternative such as cement block, rock bucket, or umbrella stand. 

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