DIY CAFE LIGHT POLE POTS – TAKES ABOUT 15 MINUTES EACH!
DIY Planter Pot Poles For Cafe String Lights
Many of you have been so patiently waiting for this one… and today I’m finally sharing how we made our planter pots with poles to hang our cafe lights from! The good news in my delay, is you’ll know it really works — they are sturdy and secure. Lasting through Winter, and all our crazy wind storms. Keep on reading and we’ll walk you thru this super simple and fuss-free DIY tutorial on how to make your own planter pot poles for hanging outdoor cafe string lights. You can use a DIY planter pots, or store bought planters. This beginner friendly tutorial will work for either, and you don’t need any special or expensive tools to accomplish this project!
You’ve seen our light pole planters in a few different posts over the last year, and I’m happy to say they have held up so well. I think the key to being secure, even in high winds, is that the slim profile doesn’t give the wind anything to grab onto. Our lights have stayed in place and weathered well too! We did not remove them over the Winter.
We did pull out last Springs planting and re-plant this season though. If necessary, you can always add fresh soil, fertilizer and new plants to suit your tastes or the weather conditions.
PERSONAL TASTE & SPACE CONSTRAINTS MAY DICTATE SOME OF THE MATERIALS YOU CHOOSE TO USE (LIKE PLANTERS SHAPE/SIZE), BUT THE BASIC STEPS TO CONSTRUCT WILL STILL APPLY.
YOU WILL NEED:
PLANTER POTS. We went with the tall/skinny planters for space issues, as well as the thought that the slim design and height would allow for our poles to sit a bit higher as well. Our pots measure 20 inches high, with a 15 inch opening. They are plastic/resin. You can use the following tutorial with store bought or DIY planter pots.
POLES. We used one 2 x 2, 6 foot Douglass Fir wood pole for each pot. In Oregon that is a specific wood to us, and if you are East of the Rockies, you’ll more than likely find Southern Yellow Pine. That works too! If you want your lights higher up, you can use an 8 foot piece as your pole instead.
QUIKCRETE CONCRETE. We used one 60 lb bag for each pot.
SCRAP WOOD (for braces). Alternative: duct or painters tape can substitute, though I recommend the sturdier wood braces.
WATER. Hose, or other water source.
FASTENERS. I used U shaped nails.
HOW TO MAKE A PLANTER POLE POT:
Pick your pot of choice. Size will determine the amount of concrete you will need. A substantially larger pot will require more concrete for a sturdy and stable base.
We used one 60 lb bag of Quikrete concrete mix for each 20 inch tall pot.
Pour entire 60 lb bag or Quikcrete concrete mix in your pot.
Add approx. 3/4 of a gallon of water.
Mix concrete and water with wood pole, small shovel, or auger.
Place wood pole in center of pot. You can check your pole placement with measuring tape, or eyeball it.
Check for level.
Apply brace. Either scrap wood (recommended) or heavy tape.
MAKING A BRACE: A brace can be made with 3-pieces of wood, made long enough to overlap the circumference of your pot, and made with an opening the same size as your poles.
After applying your brace, check for level again on all sides — make any adjustment necessary.
Let set up. Standard set time is 24 hours.
The video tutorial below is a collection of Instagram stories I had done as we did the project live, so it’s very casual. I’m including it in case you are a visual learner.
OUR STAIN COLOR: I stained my poles with this exact [wood stain here]
OUR CAFE LIGHTS: This is [the link to our exact cafe lights – click here]
HANGING YOUR LIGHTS: I used U shaped nails and they worked perfectly. I simply determined where I wanted my cord to rest, and placed a U shaped nail on top of my cord and nailed to secure. Note: be careful not to nick your cord – and only apply enough pressure to hold the cord in place.
DRILLING DRAINAGE HOLES: We did drill holes in the pot sides for sufficient drainage, after the realizing the initial holes we drilled in the bottom of the pots weren’t effective enough.
We’ve gotten so much enjoyment out of our cafe lights, and love that we were able to add some ambiance and extra lighting to our free standing deck area by making our own cafe light hanging posts. In total, it took about 30 minutes to set up all three of the light pole planter pots. And about ten to make the braces for three.
I planted two one gallon Spanish Lavender plants and two 4 inch Candy Tuft in each planter. The plants were poor quality though, and we had to start over (which is so uncommon). We replaced them with fresh Lavender of the same variety earlier this Spring.
If you have any questions at all, just give me a shout and I’d be happy to answer them. Wishing you many twinkly nights ahead!!
Love and light, Shan
PS: If you want details on our outdoor space, you can most likely find the answers [here] & [here]
A simple and fuss-free DIY tutorial on how to make your own planter pot poles for hanging outdoor cafe string lights. You can use handmade planter pots, or store bought planters. This beginner friendly tutorial will work for either, and you don’t need any special or expensive tools to accomplish this project!