Cafe lights add environment to any outside residing house! Pairing them with floral preparations makes this patio look inviting and opulent.

Find out how to Construct Planter Posts for String Lights

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

They’re super-easy to make. You simply want Quikrete Quick-Setting Concrete Combine, within the crimson 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-Four Planters (sufficient to help the café lights)
  • 4-by-Four Posts (sufficient to help the lights)
  • Metal Screw Hooks
  • Café lights
  • Drill
  • Find out how to 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 Superior Polymer Non-Sag Sealant or Superior Polymer Development Adhesive to shut any gaps or cracks inside them.

Discover a location. Place the planter the place it will likely be used. Make sure that it’s the place you’ll spend a number of time and will use somewhat mild. (I simply need to stress: It is 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-Four publish on the heart of the planter. (I saved mine the total size of eight toes.) You’ll be able to eyeball it or examine that every side-to-side measurement is identical.

Chelsea pouring concrete

Pour the concrete. Slowly pour two baggage 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 beauty of Quick-Setting Concrete is you don’t want to combine it round. Simply pour within the concrete and add the water — straightforward peasy!

chelsea leveling

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

Repeat steps 1-6. If you happen to 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 likely be prepared for the following step: hooks!

inserting hook to post

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

inserting hook into side of house

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

drilling holes into planter

Create drainage. When 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’ll be able to hold 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

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

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 recollections collectively.


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