Sunday, March 14, 2010

Outdoor Christmas Decorations for Copeland Christmas

Back in 2007, I made north poles for our Christmas display. Below are some current photos. The 2010 display will not feature these north poles, but instead north poles version 2.0.

Here is a closeup of the water rust discoloration on the globes. Last week, I dipped a globe in Rustaid and it cleaned up beautifully! So, we can re-use the globes!

The red duct tape we used to stripe the north poles has faded and begun to separate and peel off. So, the PVC will have to be replaced because I am not stripping all this tape off 16 poles.

The 3M hooks we used to hang the rope lights have rusted. These will need to be replaced.

The light sockets we used have held up well. We will reuse these fixtures. We can also reuse the cord and all the bulbs.

So, to update these north poles, we will have to purchase new 3" pipes and 16 new couplers. We will also need to purchase new paint/tape for the stripes. I have plastic hooks and zip ties for the rope lights.

A major upgrade is that we will not use rebar and concrete to anchor the north poles into the ground this time. Instead, we are experimenting with spray foam and rebar. We have a couple reasons for staying away from the concrete this time around. First, the concrete makes the north poles very heavy, so storage is cumbersome. Next, the north poles take a beating each year when we hammer them into the ground. If we just have to hammer rebar into the ground, then place the poles on top of the rebar, it will be much easier on both us and the north poles. Another option is to use flanges.

15 comments:

Sunshine said...

Trying to figure out, you put the tube inside the PVC to hold the wires? Then fill with foam, then do you put the rebar into the foam, will this hold the pole straight? I want to make these for our street in a parkmodel park in AZ.
Thank ou

Travis said...

What are you using for globes?

Diane Liviingston said...

That is way cool, so very creative you are.

mysti.young00 said...

How did you end up getting them to stand straight??

ang said...

I dont have much money to do christmas and I am a dingle mother of 4 please help How did you end up getting them to stand straight??What are you using for globes?

Anonymous said...

Why post DIY projects when they aren't clear instructions given and not to mention people are asking questions and you don't respond that's just rude. Matter of fact it also leads me to belv u didn't even make this at all u copied the idea and posted it

Amy Popejoy said...

These would be cute and cheaper with dollar store solar lights on the top...you would need thinner pvc, and I'm not 100% sure on how to make the stand strait.

Anonymous said...

Why would you buy new pipe when you can just cover the old duct tape with new?

Grami Deb said...

Just noticed date on post (2010). Went to archive area at right top of post and checked out blogs from 2009 for earlier directions. Hope this helps you!

Anonymous said...

Getting the poles to stand up straight is easy, you hammer the rebar into the ground and slide the pvc over top. I want to know how the globe is secured on. Why use the foam?

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Anonymous said...

Can you use pool noodles inside pvc?

You can also use tape and pill noodles to make lollipops.

Missy Stevenson said...

It's big light bulbd

Anonymous said...

Original post was located under achieves October 2009. Look in the upper right for the archives list.

PameLaDeDah said...

That's what I was thinking.