Anyone have an idea for making a unique lamp post in front of the house? I am so tired of looking at all the identical 3 inch metal poles or 4x4 wooden posts.
By Tom from Lansdale, PA
Here's one idea you might like from this website:
Also using creek rock and building your own around the lamp post. Add a clematis vine or small area garden around it would add charm too.
Anything that is the correct height will work and it does not have to be straight. Newl (?) posts would work, plastic pipe or a set of them, chunks of wood in a stack (drill a hole through the middle for wiring and pipe), even an old car bumper, a tree trunk, be creative. Just look at various things and see where your imagination will take you.
My grandmother had a standard metal lamp post, but she had ivy growing around it and out into the yard, trimmed into a circle on the ground. It looked especially nice at Christmas with strings of lights wound through the ivy.
At my house, the lamp post is a little unique. At one point there was a fabric dyeing and finishing plant in my home town, and I'm guessing it came from there. It is a roller used for printing fabric. The wires are run through the hollow center, and a standard light fixture is on the top.
Just remember you must ground the electricity, important. Plus waterproofing the wires that run inside the new pole, unless you are going to modify your existing pole, which is a good idea! You would not have to dig a hole, gravel the bottom, electrical, etc. just build up around the old one.