DIY Bistro Light, Patio Planters
Make your outdoor patio more of an outdoor room by defining the ceiling with bistro lights. But what if you don’t have a pergola or trees to attach the lights to? Here are instructions on how to create DIY Bistro Light, Patio Planters. Further define and personalize your outdoor space with beautiful flowers in the patio planters.
With the addition of these bistro lights strung between the patio planters our outdoor patio has become my ‘happy place’ during the warmer months. The glow of the lights gives a soft, almost romantic ambiance to the space. The colors of the flowers give added color to the space and can be switched out from year to year, depending on what color pallet I want to be using for the year.
Material list for 1 Patio Planter:
Large plastic flower pot. (24″ in diameter)
1 foot 1″ diameter pvc pipe
1 bag concert 50 lb bags
1 10 ft long chain link fence top rail.
1 top finial same diameter.
1/8″ braided stainless cable. 28′ of cable per 25′ of lights.
1 25′ strings of lights.
I opted to add red geraniums for heights and a cascading white flower with a little cascading trumpet flower for filler. I wish I could tell you the names of the other flowers, but I threw out the planter identification sticks! Sorry.
Measure the PVC pipe and cut it using the PVC cutters or a hack saw, to just below the top edge of the flower pot.
This is a temporary height for the pipe and will be trimmed down lower, later in the project.
If your flower pot does not have a hole in the bottom, drill a hole in the bottom so the water can drain. (hole is under the PVC pipe)
Next, we taped the PVC pile to the bottom of the pot, over the hole so the concrete did not move the bottom of the pipe. The PVC pipe will act as a drain for the flower pot portion of your planter. If there was not a pipe, there would be no way for rain water to drain and your flowers might be in want of some drainage.
Mix the concrete in a large container or a wheel barrow.
Add water and mix. Follow the instructions on the bag to reach consistency.
Fill the pot with concrete tamping it down to approximately 5″ below the top of the pot.
The 5″ will be the portion where the soil for the plants.
Place the fence post in the center of the flower pot.
Use a shovel to consolidate the concrete and eliminate air pockets.
Smooth the concrete.
Using a level, check the pole for plumb and straightness. Adjust as needed.
Hold the pole in place until it is set in the concrete.
This was taking longer than we had anticipated so we move to the next option.
Use scrap wood to make a temporary brace.
Once cured, trim the PVC pipe to about 1 inch above the concrete line. This 1″ space will be a ‘revisor’ of water for the plants. The rest of the water should drain.
But let’s not clog the PVC pipe!
Use window screen or weed block fabric along with a zip tie to cover the open end of the PVC drain pipe. This way the water will drain out and the soil will stay in place.
Attach the finial at the top of the pipes, thread the cable through, crimp the ends on the cable.
You are all set to attach your bistro lights to the cable!
Plant some lovely flowers in the pot and you have transformed your patio into a lovely outdoor living space.
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