Here is how I made my thirty foot PVC arches going down my driveway. They only use a few pieces of PVC and a single strand of C7 bulbs. This is a very simple build that almost anyone can do and it looks great.
Step 1: Supplies and How To
3 - 10' / 3/4" PVC pipe
2 - 3/4" PVC connectors
2 - 4' 1/2 rebar
1 String on C7 Christmas lights any color
Drill with bit(optional)
** I made 6 arches so adjust your supplies as needed.
Begin by gluing the PVC connectors to one side of the pipes. I left the other side loose so that it can be taken down and folded up for storage. Now connect all the pipes together(loosely) and use a piece of duct tape over each connector so they don't come apart until you want them too.
You have a few different ways of connecting the lights. One way is to drill a hole the size of the clip found on the light socket. Another way is to simply put tape on both sides of the light, or maybe do both it's up to you. **Take care to attach the lights in a nice straight line**
Next hammer your rebar into the ground about half way. Depending on your driveway width and your car height adjust the distance. My rebar is approx. 2 feet off the driveway on either side. Get someone to help you and from each side lift up the PVC and slide it over the rebar. **Put all of the male plug sides on the side of your driveway that will have the extension cords**
There is some sway in the wind but I have not had any problems with them so far.
Plug your extension cords in and your done. You now have a lighted Christmas tunnel that all the neighbors will be jealous of. I have mine plugged into a Mr. Christmas display and it makes for a nice little show.
Step 2: Finished
I hope you liked my Christmas light tunnel and make one for yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
-To spruce up the arches in the day time try stringing some Christmas garland across to hide the white of the pvc.
-When you take them down to store get some bungees and wrap the whole lot into one bundle for easy carrying.
- Use LED lights
Here are some of my other Christmas light instructables
Christmas Light Holders
Christmas Light Frames
Participated in the
Homemade Holidays Contest