You want that cozy patio with string lights but you don’t have a structure to attach them to? Well, you’re in the right spot! As you’ll see in the first photos, our home has a large patio and there was no way to triangulate string lights across them.
We had to think outside the box… First we did something totally stupid. We thought inside a pot. We filled some measly patio pots with cement, or is it concrete?, and put some poles inside. They toppled over with the slightest breeze. Oh and the glass bulbs left shrapnel everywhere. Don’t do this!!! It is more expensive and time consuming than what will actually work.
Next plan, bury them. Burything things is always a better solution.
Here’s what to do…
• Stain or seal your pine rods (we used this)
• Install your steel hook at the top of each rod
• Cut PVC into 8” length pieces
• Pound PVC pieces into ground where you’ll want your poles to be, use a piece of 2×4 on top of the pvc so you aren’t hitting the plastic directly with the hammer
• Every few inches pull the pvc out to get the dirt out
• You’ll want the PVC pieces flush to the ground or a bit below the surface
• Install the pine rod into the 8″ deep PVC
TIP: you may have to sand to shave off a bit of the pine to get them into the pvc but is should be snug and you might have to pound them in some
• Now you should have poles that are close to 7’-4” so even with the the drop of the light cords the lights are similar to the height of a door opening
• We installed an outdoor outlet in a soffit and a steel hook in the fascia
• Next you’ll wrap your string lights around the hook (see photo below)
E N J O Y!!!