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How to Hang Movable Outdoor Lights Without Trees or Patio


I have always loved the look of strings out outdoor lights. It always seemed like an instant outdoor party once they are hung. However, for years I didn't have them because we don't have a backyard patio or even trees that were suited for hanging lights on. I had seen some potted light poles, but they could not be moved, and I wanted the flexibility of being able to light any area I wanted. Here is what we came up with:
For each movable light post pot, you will need:
a 1" x 2" x 8' wooden pole
a bag of quick drying cement
metal pot holder brackets
one large plastic planter pot
a drill
gravel
potting soil
flowers of your choice

If you want to weather-proof your poles by using either stain or paint, it might be easiest to do this before you start assembling the light post pots.
To assemble your light post pots, first attach your metal pot holder brackets to the top of your pole.

Center the other end of your pole in the planter pot. Mix the cement with water as it instructs on the side of the cement package, and immediately pour into the bottom of your planter pot so that it fills the pot about 1/3 of the way up your pot. Alternatively, you could mix the cement directly into your planter pot and then immediately push the end of your pole into the cement.

Using whatever you happen to have around that will work (we used lumber scraps), surround the pole across the top of the pot to keep the pole in place as the cement dries.

Once the cement is dry, you can take the props away. Drill holes in several places around the pot above the line of the cement for drainage holes. This is why the pot must be plastic or some other material that you can drill into.
Layer on top of the cement, a layer of gravel. This is also for drainage and it gives the pot additional weight.
Next fill it with a layer of potting soil and plant into the soil your flowers. If you are planning to use these light poles for a specific party, you can use plants that fit in to your party's color scheme.
Now you can move the pots where you want them and string your lights on them. Now you are celebration ready!



4 comments:

  1. What a great idea. And so flexible. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Very clever. I love that you can move them around whenever you want them!

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  3. What a great idea!

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