DIY String Light Planters

This spring, my husband and I decided we wanted to make our patio look Pinterest worthy so that we could sit out and enjoy the beautiful weather that we have for 4-5 months out of the year.

We wanted to string outdoor lights to add some ambiance to our patio. The problem was that we had no way to hang the lights across the patio. So, I did some research and found a solution on Pinterest to put up posts to string the lights from the posts to the house. We ended up making three posts for our patio but you can do as many or as little as you like. Below is our step by step process as to how we made our posts. Most of these items on the list we purchased from a home improvement store. The other items that we purchased online, I’ve linked such as the hooks and string lights.

What You Need:

Not pictured are the hooks, and string lights which are both linked below.
  • Three 4x4x8 outdoor posts
  • Stain (I chose dark walnut)
  • Two bags of RiverRock
  • Three bags of Quikcrete (We used 3/4 bag in each planter)
  • Six hooks
  • Three planters
  • One bag of planting soil
  • Flowers
  • String lights (We bought two sets of string lights that totaled about 100 ft., but this will vary depending on what you need.)

What You Do

Stain the wooden posts. I did this a few days in advance so that the posts could dry to the stain color I wanted. I did two coats of the dark walnut stain.

Next, we screwed one hook into the post up towards the top. The string lights will hang from these hooks.

Once you’re ready to put the posts into the planters, you’ll want to stabilize the posts. You can do this a couple of ways. We chose to use river rock. We centered the post in the middle of the planter, and then poured river rock around it.

Pour concrete and mix it. I held the post in place, while my husband poured the quick crete into the planter. Then, my husband used the hose to pour water into the planter. He mixed the water and concrete around with a stirring stick for a few minutes, while I held the post. You’ll want the planter to be about 1/2-3/4 full with concrete. Leave enough space for soil and plants if you want that. Then, you let it dry. I was able to step away from holding the post after five minutes or so. We waited a few hours to let the concrete dry before planting the flowers.

Optional: Plant flowers to make it look pretty. I wanted this to look aesthetically pleasing, so we decided to plant flowers in the planter. I poured soil over the dried concrete until it filled the planter. Then, I planted some brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, because they bring me joy.

Lastly, we strategically screwed hooks into the side of our house for the lights to hang from.

All Done!

And that’s it! This project took maybe an hour to do (besides staining the wood before hand).



  1. Marie
    June 27, 2020 / 4:25 am

    I’m from Wisconsin too! Love how your patio turned out. We have a new concrete patio and we’re thinking of doing something like this so this is very helpful. Where did you get most of your materials? Also, where did you get the outdoor furniture and where do store the cushions if it rains or can you just leave them outside?

      June 28, 2020 / 2:35 am

      I am so glad this was helpful for you! I got most of the materials from Home Depot, so any local hardware store should work! We got our patio seating furniture set from Walmart and the set came with furniture covers. Walmart also sells side tables with storage features.

    April 26, 2021 / 3:10 pm

    What size planters did you use?

      April 26, 2021 / 6:37 pm

      They were about 16-17 in. in diameter. You could do any large planter really, but that size worked great for us!

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