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Chelsea
« on: December 08, 2006 10:08:51 AM »

My dad goes all out decorating their house for Christmas.  The one thing he's always wanted were 8 foot tall lit candy canes to go on each side of the house.  Neither one of us has ever seen one, and we can't come up with a good way to make it.

He would LOVE it to be curved, but a giant candy can pole would be okay too.

He also wants it to light up, but not be transparent, so the colors will show and maybe still look good during the day.

I can't think of how to do this, so I figured with so many creative people on here, SOMEone's got to have some ideas  Grin  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2006 10:14:28 AM »

My mother has been wanting the same things for years and can never find them anywhere.  We drove by a house that had them one day.  I'm thinking about going and asking how they were made and if they didn't make them themselves where on earth they bought them.  I'll be sure to let you know either way though.  Hopefully somebody else will reply with a solution.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2006 03:45:32 PM »

Not sure if this is what you are looking for...go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get the white PVC tubes used for plumbing (they come in all lengths and widths...the store could probably even cut it to size for you).  Also get a U Shape cap (not sure what those are techically called).  In order for the tube and the u shape cap to adhere, you will probably need to get some special plumbers type adhesive (I think it comes in a little jar, probably in the same place as the tubes). Use a red duct tape down the tube to finish it off to look like a candy cane. 
For the light you can get red rope lights and follow the red duct tape lines so it will look good during the day and at night. 
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NLJ
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2006 04:08:24 PM »

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Here are some directions for giant candy canes:
It is the same basic pvc idea.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lo_seasonal_decorative/article/0,2041,DIY_14058_4250318,00.html
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NLJ
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006 04:19:11 PM »

You could also draw your pattern on a piece of plywood and cut it out.  Paint it the colors you want and then drill lots and lots of holes in it.  Insert Christmasl lights into each hole.  You would also need to make some type of support to make it stand up.
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