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mark
12-08-2008, 03:58 PM
i'm looking for a few things to put in my yard and flower bed. i was thinking about making some gifts to put around the flowers. has anybody made something like this that they would like to share. i would prefer pvc, but would learn to make a wireframe if that would be better.

bmcgeeny
12-08-2008, 06:07 PM
i'm looking for a few things to put in my yard and flower bed. i was thinking about making some gifts to put around the flowers. has anybody made something like this that they would like to share. i would prefer pvc, but would learn to make a wireframe if that would be better.

Just make square and rectangle shapes out of PVC and wrap them with lights. Don't put any lights on the bottom where they set on the ground. Bigger- use more lights, smaller, less lights. Do not glue the PVC. Then can just take them apart for storage.

mark
12-08-2008, 06:21 PM
how do you do the corners? they only make Ts, 90s and couplers.

i could do something like this:
http://blog.makezine.com/105631642_0cc418ec3b_o.jpg

but i'm not thrilled with the way it looks.

mark
12-08-2008, 06:45 PM
found this:
http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showpost.php?p=82385&postcount=2

need to pick up some wire mesh

cm11599ps
12-08-2008, 10:19 PM
how do you do the corners? they only make Ts, 90s and couplers.

i could do something like this:
http://blog.makezine.com/105631642_0cc418ec3b_o.jpg

but i'm not thrilled with the way it looks.

I did a similar, but unrelated project a few years ago. What you need are actually 2 pieces 2 make the corners. One piece is a 90/T piece that has 3 openings. 2 of the openings accept 1/4" PVC (I believe that's the size I used.) The 3rd opening was threaded and accepted another small adapter that was a male threaded adapter to fit into the 90/T and the other end was the female 1/4".

I was stanind in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot for about an hour figuring this out and it worked great. I still use the design today. It was for a 3 sided display booth.

bmcgeeny
12-08-2008, 10:20 PM
how do you do the corners? they only make Ts, 90s and couplers.

i could do something like this:
http://blog.makezine.com/105631642_0cc418ec3b_o.jpg

but i'm not thrilled with the way it looks.

That's pretty much how I did mine. Except I put PVC runs on the bottom. Don't know why, never thought of just putting caps on like that. They do look a little hoakie in the yard in the daytime, but look pretty cool at night.

mark
12-09-2008, 11:39 AM
i wasn't aware they made corner pieces like that. we never carried them in the pool store i worked at, so i never saw them. i'll have to take a look.

thanks!

deplanche
12-09-2008, 11:53 AM
If you look online for PVC corners, or PVC 3-way, 4-way or 5-way, you can find stores that sell them pretty easily. I know I even saw one or two on one of the links from someones site on here. I'll take a look and see what I can find. They are a little on the pricey side, but it depends on what you are using them for, and compared to 2 or more other connects it can even out.

PS - These are generally only for PVC construction. They are NOT plumbing rated and have solid interiors for strength, that would prevent the flow of water.

rstehle
12-09-2008, 11:54 AM
I think you can find just about any configuration of PVC connector you want if you search online. You can find 3 way, 4 way and 5 way HERE (http://www.christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=2)

deplanche
12-09-2008, 11:58 AM
http://www.christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=2

Here is the place i was thinking of.

Edit: Guess I should have reloaded before posting. You guys are fast!!

meadmkr
12-14-2008, 08:27 AM
i'm looking for a few things to put in my yard and flower bed. i was thinking about making some gifts to put around the flowers. has anybody made something like this that they would like to share. i would prefer pvc, but would learn to make a wireframe if that would be better.

One quick and easy way to make outdoor gift boxes is to use milk crates (and they double for off-season storage :) ). We found inexpensive Xmasy vinyl tablecloths and wrapped the boxes in them. These are pretty thick have resisted the wind well but don't illuminate from inside too well. We picked up some thinner ones and they glow nicely with a C9 but the wind wreaks havoc with 'em.

Cheers
Chris in VA

ben
12-14-2008, 08:42 AM
One quick and easy way to make outdoor gift boxes is to use milk crates (and they double for off-season storage :) ). We found inexpensive Xmasy vinyl tablecloths and wrapped the boxes in them. These are pretty thick have resisted the wind well but don't illuminate from inside too well. We picked up some thinner ones and they glow nicely with a C9 but the wind wreaks havoc with 'em.

Cheers
Chris in VA

Chris! Where in VA are you? I am in Mechanicsville. Are you a close blinky flashy guy?!

Ben

sjwilson122
12-14-2008, 11:36 AM
You can find the elbows you are looking for at Lowes or Home Depot. The manufacturer calls them "side out elbows".

meadmkr
12-17-2008, 05:12 PM
Chris! Where in VA are you? I am in Mechanicsville. Are you a close blinky flashy guy?!
Ben

I'm more of a fader-guy then a blinky guy :) I'm in Sterling off of Algonkian Pkwy and have a small yard display with 48 channels of LOR; nothing fancy at this point other than a 14' megatree, some minitrees and such...

Cheers
Chris in VA

djulien
12-19-2008, 03:22 AM
i'm looking for a few things to put in my yard and flower bed. i was thinking about making some gifts to put around the flowers. has anybody made something like this that they would like to share. i would prefer pvc, but would learn to make a wireframe if that would be better.

I made some 2D ones using fencing, that look okay when viewed head-on (they look kinda flat from the side, though). Flat might be helpful if you don't have much space in the flower-bed. There is a picture at http://gallery.eshepherdsoflight.com/v/show2008/The+Set/Family+Room/P1130485.JPG.html. If that is the style you are interested in, I can post more info.

don

kostyun
12-19-2008, 09:28 AM
I saw some homemade ones last night when light trolling on the scuba bus. I am going to re-hit those area's tonight and get some good close photo!! Looks like some sort of a wire frame that was welded together and a fabric with lights on the inside.

Macrosill
12-20-2008, 09:34 AM
I made some 2D ones using fencing, that look okay when viewed head-on (they look kinda flat from the side, though). Flat might be helpful if you don't have much space in the flower-bed. There is a pic at http://gallery.eshepherdsoflight.com/main.php?g2_itemId=275. If that is the style you are interested in, I can post more info.

don
We are always interested in new ideas. Please do post more info!

djulien
12-22-2008, 03:16 PM
The link was broken in my earlier post. I've fixed it now (sorry, I was reorganizing my new photo galley).


We are always interested in new ideas. Please do post more info!

There are a bunch of photos at http://gallery.eshepherdsoflight.com. The "Christmas 2008" album contains pictures of the props I used this year. Photos of the 2D gifts that I referred to previously are in the The Set -> Family Room folder: http://gallery.eshepherdsoflight.com/v/show2008/The+Set/Family+Room/

I am planning to write up some info on some of these props after I recover from the Christmas season. ;) If you see something in there that is of interest, I can move it to the front of "my list".

don

lbro
12-23-2008, 10:22 AM
looks like a great how-to for the newsletter..HINT HINT;-)

juneau69
01-05-2009, 10:01 PM
I was in Habitat for Humanity a couple of weeks ago and under their tree they had gift boxes made from glass blocks, the kind you see around basement windows. They were lighted inside and wrapped with ribbon and a bow. It was an impressive decoration and I will steal their idea for my 2009 Christmas yard display. As a side note I bought a 16' flag pole (when on sale) from Harbor Freight and it makes a good mega tree. And it will collapse for easy storage.

wm_r_martin@hotmail.com
01-05-2009, 10:43 PM
On the glass blocks, you just need about a 5/8" diamond whole saw to drill you hole and running water to keep it cool. The glass shop here in town wanted to charged my wife $10. She bought the bit on Ebay for $6. Go figure!. I have also seen them with vinyl apply to the outside, in many shape, snowflakes, you could spell out Merry Christmas!, etc.

juneau69
01-05-2009, 10:46 PM
The idea of creating shapes is a great idea.
Thanks