Cafe lights in Chelsea's backyard for her concrete planter project
Cafe lights add environment to any outside residing area! Pairing them with floral preparations makes this patio look inviting and opulent.

How one can Construct Planter Posts for String Lights

Our household likes to chill out on the patio, and now it has some critical ambiance due to my newest DIY undertaking: planter posts for string lights!

They’re super-easy to make. You simply want Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix, within the purple bag, a few planters and string lights, and small instruments.

Able to create one thing particular? Let’s go!

Supplies for creating concrete planters

What You’ll Want:

  • Luggage of Quikrete Quick-Setting Concrete Combine (per publish) 
  • 2-4 Planters (sufficient to help the café lights)
  • 4-by-4 Posts (sufficient to help the lights)
  • Metal Screw Hooks
  • Café lights
  • Drill
  • How one can Construct Planter Posts for String Lights
sealing planters

Seal the insides. You gained’t need potting soil or concrete combine to spill out of your planters (I used wooden), so apply Advanced Polymer Non-Sag Sealant or Advanced Polymer Construction Adhesive to shut any gaps or cracks inside them.

Discover a location. Place the planter the place will probably be used. Be certain it’s the place you’ll spend numerous time and will use somewhat mild. (I simply need to stress: This can be a everlasting placement. You gained’t need to transfer the planter after it has concrete in it!)

Chelsea placing post

Place the publish. Add a 4-by-4 publish on the heart of the planter. (I saved mine the complete size of 8 ft.) You possibly can eyeball it or test that every side-to-side measurement is similar.

Chelsea pouring concrete

Pour the concrete. Slowly pour two luggage of Quikrete Quick-Setting Concrete Combine round your publish in order that it’s evenly distributed.

wetting the concrete

Slowly add water. You’ll want roughly one gallon of water per 50-pound bag of concrete. The wonderful thing about Quick-Setting Concrete is you don’t want to combine it round. Simply pour within the concrete and add the water — simple peasy!

chelsea leveling

Stage it. Whereas the concrete is setting however nonetheless free, use a stage to test that every planter publish for string lights is completely plumb. It shouldn’t be leaning in both path.

Repeat steps 1-6. In case you want a second planter to help your string lights, repeat these steps whereas the primary one dries. By the point the second is drying, the primary one will probably be prepared for the following step: hooks!

inserting hook to post

Add hooks. To this point, we’ve obtained planters with posts secured in concrete. Now we have to create the help system for our string lights. Use a tiny drill bit to start out a pilot gap on the nook of your publish. Then connect a metal screw hook.

inserting hook into side of house

You possibly can create 4 planter posts (organized in a sq. or rectangle) to help the string lights, or drill two pilot holes into your property’s facia to attach the lights from the planters.

drilling holes into planter

Create drainage. Whilst you have your drill bit in your drill, add a small drainage gap on the bottom of your planter, above the concrete.

adding mulch to planter

Insert vegetation. Add potting soil and plant some fairly vegetation. You possibly can preserve it easy with one plant per planter or, for eye-catching outcomes, go ‘further’ and create a ‘thriller, filler, spiller’ association. (Google it!)

hanging string lights

That’s all it takes to make planter posts for string lights! Now, household gatherings on the patio have only a bit extra environment so you may make extra reminiscences collectively.

Add lights. Lastly, drape your string lights over the hooks and plug them in.

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