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As we move closer to summer my wheels start turning about the display. Last year my father wanted me to make a lighted cross for the yard, but I was not willing. Sadly, 6 days after he left us to go home after New Years he passed. So this year I am going to make that cross and am looking for pics and ideas from anyone who has made one or have had ideas for making one.

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I thought I had some pics online, but I can't find them. I just made mine out of simple 2" pvc with a cross in the middle. I cut some stringed c9 lights to length, joined the middle and put it up on a metal pipe. Of course I painted it black. You really can't see the cross unless it gets lit. And I do on certain songs to emphasize the point in the music. It stands about 8 to 10ft. Nothing fancy but does me well. This is an old picture too;

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If your doing this for a loved one I would find some rough cut 6X6 timbers and make it, then light it up with a single spot light.  Make it a focal point in the center of your display.  The simplicity of it would make a big impact.   

Sorry for your loss, anything you do will make him proud.

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Unfortunately, I don't have any pics to show you, but I wanted to share what we have done in the past that was quick and easy and looked really good.  We have created a cross using 2x8x8 pine boards mounted flat on one another.  One 8' board being the vertical and a 5' section of another being the horizontal.  You can adjust the size and scale to fit your taste.  They were bolted together using lag bolts where they cross about 2.5' down from the top of the 8' verticals.  Use a pipe and pipe strap, painted black on the back to stand and mount the cross.  We primed them and then painted using white exterior latex.  We used two RGB 10W LED floods off center to uplight the front of the cross.

 

We used this during our "telling" through music and lights of the life of Jesus.  This allowed us to change the color to match the mood of the song and story between white, blue, purple and red.  The white pigment reflects the color well and is a very nice image.

 

You can in addition up/backlight the cross as well with a very bright halogen flood.  Depending on the backdrop and ambient lighting, this will give the cross a glow and the silhouette is rather impactful.

 

I hope you find what the solution you are looking for as you honor your father's wish.

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Mine is about 6' tall made out of 3/4" PVC pipe, outlined with one 18' white LED rope light and filled in with 2 strings of twinkling white LED mini lights.  It's bright and shimmers.  I can post a construction picture if needed.  This year the plan is to add a blue LED rope light to the back side outline and turn that on when the house trim changes to blue.

 

I have a neighbor who just used 2 x 6 boards and rapped it with white net lights.  His looks great but I tried to make it this way and mine did not turn out so I went with the rope light and twinkling mini's.

 

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I have a cross in my display - I will send them to you when I get home from work - I think you will like it.

 

Glenn

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Bama, Thank You for your kind words - did everything work out for you and your family last Christmas?  I know you had some sickness going on with someone in your family. 

Looking forward to getting start on some new things for Christmas in August.  I have some honey do projects that I will wrap up by the end of the month and then I will get started on 10 Driveway arches and 15 more tomato cages Christmas trees. 

 

Keep in touch - GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We made it through Christmas. But this year has continued to go down hill. Dad had open heart surgery in January and since his surgery he has spiraled downhill. His heart is good according to his doctor but he cannot walk anymore and is in a wheelchair. So he needs someone around most of the time. Go tomorrow morning for an MRI on his spine. Be there at 7:45 and the test is at 8:00.

How's your family? Well, I hope. Keep us in your prayers.

 

Jerry

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Bama - I am so sorry to hear about your Dad - I know he is lucky to have you there to help him.  My prayer's are with you.  I think I have finally finishes my Honey-Do's so I can started on CHRISTMAS.  Take care and let me know how your dad is doing.

 

Glenn

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We have some wooded areas joining the property I've used some 15 foot walnut beams to hang wind chimes on our bank in the yard- I'd  wanted to use a couple to make a cross. Cut a couple 'V'-notches out of each. Minus 2' buried- leaving around 13' tall with the notch 7 or 8' up, with about a 6' notched crossmember. I'd have to drill holes through each and use a lag bolt- with tube lighting outlining it's perimeter. I had also wanted leave it up year-round, minus the tube lights (but with flood lights shining upward onto it).

 

Peace and prayers!

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Here is what my cross ended up looking like. b0216faec8f263dac53f52a2f5ae0820.jpg

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