How to Install Christmas Lights On a Pole


With a staple gun, staples, a wooden pole and some Christmas lights, you can make a shining display for your family and neighbors to enjoy. The Christmas pole can be stored easily in the corner of a garage or tool shed for display each year.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • gloves
  • Staple gun
  • Round staples
  • Wooden paint-roller pole
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cord
  • Place a wooden pole on a firm work surface. Place the end of the light string at the top of the pole and staple with a round staple onto pole: Rounded staples won't cut into the light wire as readily as square staples.

  • Continue stapling the light string onto the pole while rotating the pole slightly. This will give a spiral effect when finished. If a more classic look is desired, simply staple the string straight down the pole until you reach the bottom.

  • Add as many light strings as you wish, provided you can still find open space on which to staple your light string onto the pole. Stop the light string at the bottom of the pole so the light plug can be plugged in to an extension cord from the bottom of the pole.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using an electric or air stapler, try a few test fires to make sure the staple doesn't penetrate the wood too deeply. Otherwise, you'll cut the light string.
  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when using a staple gun of any kind.

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  • Photo Credit heavy duty stapler image by Christopher Dodge from christmas lights image by PHOTOFLY from
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