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Project

Festival Branch-Pole Lights

Birch poles can be purchased online. If you want to use whatever sturdy branches you find in your backyard instead, make sure they are straight.

Introduction

Sources

Clear globe lights, $13 for 25 ft., target.com
Birch poles, 8', $81 for 4, birch-logs.com
Vintage steel half plant stand, by Behrens, $14, casa.com

Materials

  • 4 birch poles of similar size
  • Drill and bit
  • 4 screw eyes
  • 4 metal buckets
  • Gravel
  • 4 zip ties
  • Garland of lights

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Trim birch poles to an equal length, tall enough to accommodate standing guests.

  2. Step 2

    With drill, create a hole for a screw eye at top center of each pole.

  3. Step 3

    Twist in screw eyes.

  4. Step 4

    Place a bucket at each corner of space to be decorated. (Buckets should be placed at least every six feet.)

  5. Step 5

    Center a pole in each bucket and add gravel to stabilize.

  6. Step 6

    With zip ties, attach garland of lights to screw eyes, as shown.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2014