String Light Posts and Planters

10 Materials
4 Hours

As part of our little patio makeover, I really wanted to add some lights for all the cozy ambiance.

To start off this project, we got 4- 4x4x8 pressure treated lumber posts.

4” from the top and centered on the post, we drilled a hole and then inserted a metal o ring.

We placed one half of a cinderblock into the bottom of the pot to help the post to stand. In retrospect I think it would have been simpler to just use 4 L shaped brackets and secure them to both the post and the pot. Live and learn I suppose!

Build a wood brace

Next, Nate built a brace out of 2x4’s to hold our post straight and level while the concrete was poured/set.

if you were to use L brackets to secure the post to the pot, you may be able to skip this step. As we didn’t do it that way I can’t tell you for sure.

Make sure your post is level

Mix your concrete

We used quickest concrete and mixed it in an old wheelbarrow. Just add water to the powder and mix according to directions. Once it was mixed, Nate scooped it into the pot using a shovel. To help keep the post level, I held it while he first packed concrete into the cinderblock and then filled the rest of the pot until it was about half full.

Once the concrete set, we used a carabiner to attach our wire to the ring in the post. You could hook the wire directly to the ring, but by using the carabiner we can Easily take the wire down during the winter.

We ran the lights around the perimeter and attached each light to the wire cable to keep them from sagging.

We attached them using black zip ties.

I then decided to add some canvas flags that I made. I strung them across the center to help the space feel more intimate and cozy.

i know they may not be everyone’s style, but I love them.

Plant your flowers

After the concrete set, we filled the rest of the pot with potting soil and flowers.

we planted marigolds because of their vibrant color, but they also help keep bugs away. (Bonus!)

The lillies are a beautiful shade of pink, and all of the colors look great with the navy blue cushions of our patio furniture.

note: you could also fill the pots with decorative gravel if you want something low maintenance.


Here’s a before shot, because it makes the after SO MUCH BETTER.


Needless to say we are over the moon with how this project turned out. I can tell you already, we will be spending many nights out here with family and friends!



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  • Mark Drakeley Mark Drakeley on May 01, 2021

    You mention using L Shaped bracets as an alternative. How would you secure them to the pot without drilling through the pot and crating a hole which the wet concreate would seep or changing the flat underside of the pot causing an unbalanced base?

  • Pat Robinson Pat Robinson on May 01, 2021

    Just an FYI, you did not list the concrete block in the resources. Project looks great!

  • AzLand Shafer AzLand Shafer on May 05, 2021

    Brilliant and great job! just what I need. I wish there was someone in my area that would do this as a business, would buy from them already made.


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  • 🌷Shelby 🌷Shelby on May 28, 2021

    I would like to say to the above poster - That was not a very nice thing to say.

    You need work on your (back handed) compliments.


    This is very pretty and such a big difference. You two did a great job. Thank you for sharing your project. icon