I had only wanted a little accent lighting to help with night blindness. Originally I tried to use fiber optics and have the light source be a solar yard light. After struggling to get the right amount of light, and a QT to hobby lobby I decided to go with these battery operated LED string lights.
The obvious problem of "what do you do when the lights go bad" did criss cross thru my mind. The short answer is"I'll adapt to that problem when it arrives".
That part aside, we're very pleased with the project and it helps for backlight when we're stargazing
Are some videos of the lights in action
Step 1: Materials
3'X2' piece of plywood
2 strings of lights
2 80# bags of quicrete 5000
Whole project about $20
Time is about two hours total but you'll have to wait about three days before step four
Step 2: Building Forms
1 use screws, it will make disassembly much easier
2 I made mine 3" larger than the column. I used cardboard templates and wood gauges to insure that I had the right sizes. When you are going to pour concrete, need to do it right the first time. Or if it's wrong blame it on your kids.
Step 3: Setting the Lights
Step 4: Pouring the Concrete
The wood blocks will leave a void for the light controller. The other intention is for a small rise in the brick wall for my stoop wall
Step 5: Breaking Bad
Taking the form apart was easy with one exception. The silicon I put in the corners. Still wasn't too bad. A little concrete sealer and take it to its resting place. For me the front yard. I put a pretty food size silicon bead to mount it to the bricks.