Learn how to Construct Planter Posts for String Lights
Our household likes to calm down on the patio, and now it has some critical ambiance because of my newest DIY challenge: 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!
What You’ll Want:
- Baggage of Quikrete Quick-Setting Concrete Combine (per submit)
- 2-4 Planters (sufficient to assist the café lights)
- 4-by-4 Posts (sufficient to assist the lights)
- Metal Screw Hooks
- Café lights
- Learn how to Construct Planter Posts for String Lights
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 Building Adhesive to shut any gaps or cracks inside them.
Discover a location. Place the planter the place it is going to be used. Make sure that it’s the place you’ll spend a number of time and will use slightly 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!)
Place the submit. Add a 4-by-4 submit on the middle of the planter. (I saved mine the complete size of 8 ft.) You possibly can eyeball it or examine that every side-to-side measurement is identical.
Pour the concrete. Slowly pour two luggage of Quikrete Quick-Setting Concrete Combine round your submit in order that it’s evenly distributed.
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!
Stage it. Whereas the concrete is setting however nonetheless free, use a stage to examine that every planter submit for string lights is completely plumb. It shouldn’t be leaning in both route.
Repeat steps 1-6. If you happen to want a second planter to assist your string lights, repeat these steps whereas the primary one dries. By the point the second is drying, the primary one shall be prepared for the following step: hooks!
Add hooks. Thus far, we’ve received planters with posts secured in concrete. Now we have to create the assist system for our string lights. Use a tiny drill bit to start out a pilot gap on the nook of your submit. Then connect a metal screw hook.
You possibly can create 4 planter posts (organized in a sq. or rectangle) to assist the string lights, or drill two pilot holes into your house’s facia to attach the lights from the planters.
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.
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!)
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 can also make extra reminiscences collectively.
Add lights. Lastly, drape your string lights over the hooks and plug them in.