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Good evening all and Merry Christmas.  I'm hoping that with all the clever minds out there, someone has come up with a good relatively inexpensive idea for staking the Walmart Candy Canes (Approx 24" tall) into the ground.  I live in an area that freauently hashigh winds and the little plastic stakes that come with them usually break with a good gust of wind.  I have about twenty of these that I want to display and I am lookng for suggestions for securing them.  Thank you all in advance for any suggestions you can offer.

 

John

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HI,

 

Have you thought about some Rebar over at home depot? they sell it in all size poles from 6" to 8 feet.

 

Then you get some flower wire (in the crafts section of walmart) and wire the tube to the rebar after driving the rebar into the ground. :)

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Three words.

Candy Cane Spinners

 

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My candy cane spinners are 8 feet off the ground and get plenty of attention.

Yes, they are zip tied to the metal frame.

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HI,

 

Have you thought about some Rebar over at home depot? they sell it in all size poles from 6" to 8 feet.

 

Then you get some flower wire (in the crafts section of walmart) and wire the tube to the rebar after driving the rebar into the ground. :)

Thanks for the idea.  I didnt realize rebar comes in that short of lengths.  Just checked Home Depot website and found out I can get 1/2" rebar in 24" lengths.  I should have looked there first before bothering the community but if I had done that, I wouldnt have found out about Brian's and Ken's Candy Cane Spinners. 

 

Thanks for the help.

 

John

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Three words.

Candy Cane Spinners

 

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My candy cane spinners are 8 feet off the ground and get plenty of attention.

Yes, they are zip tied to the metal frame.

 

Ken, Brian,

 

I love the idea of Candy Cane Spinners.  How do you maintain the power to the candy canes while they spin without the wires getting tangled?

 

John

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Ahh...you got to love newbies.    The canes don't actually spin.  In the same way that a mega tree doesn't actually spin.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNitlysyC4k

I wondered oh you keep all those wires on a mega tree from getting tangled when it spins LOL. I can't actually believe I asked that question. I'll chalk it up to it was late at night and I was tired. Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking to it. This will be my third year with a mega tree. I should have know better.

Thank you

John

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I us the inexpensive green garden plant stakes, differant lenghts .....69c to 1.39 each.....

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Since the subject of the candy cane spinners was brought up, I am trying them this year I got to wondering if condensation and if you need to put drain holes like the strobes?

 

Thanks for the help

Mike

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I'd definitely advise drilling a drain hole at the bottom of the canes that are mounted in an orientation that water can get into the open end.  Snow isn't much of a problem, but they will accumulate water if you get a lot of rain.

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I wondered oh you keep all those wires on a mega tree from getting tangled when it spins LOL. I can't actually believe I asked that question. I'll chalk it up to it was late at night and I was tired. Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking to it. This will be my third year with a mega tree. I should have know better.

Thank you

John

 

LOL and I thought you were just joking!

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Since the subject of the candy cane spinners was brought up, I am trying them this year I got to wondering if condensation and if you need to put drain holes like the strobes?

 

Thanks for the help

Mike

 

Tape over any openings also.

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I did my spinner a bit differently.  I like my props to break down so I can store them in the attic, which has a relatively small opening.  So I made a central hub:

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And inserted PVC "spokes", painted red for good measure and slotted so the cords can come through:

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Then the canes just slip right on - takes about 10 minutes to set the whole thing in from banging in the post, attaching the hub, and slipping on the canes:

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I'd definitely advise drilling a drain hole at the bottom of the canes that are mounted in an orientation that water can get into the open end. Snow isn't much of a problem, but they will accumulate water if you get a lot of rain.

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Great idea Tim and I see you have a guard dog to keep an eye on things.

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