Make your outdoor patio more of an outdoor room by defining the ceiling with these DIY bistro lights. But what if you don't have a pergola or trees to attach the lights to? Here are step by step instructions on how to create DIY Bistro Lights in a Patio Planter box.
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.
Planter Light Tips:
* String bistro lights on the cabling and space them out evenly.
* Be sure to take them down each winter, if you live in an area where there is a hard freeze.