Outdoor string lights add light and atmosphere to any patio, backyard, or deck. But finding suitable attachment points for the lights can be difficult. A fence or the house are logical choices but sometimes you need other spots. A DIY light pole planter gives you the flexibility to attach string lights wherever you want.
Before You Begin
A light pole planter is a large weighted container with a vertical pole for attaching string lights at top. Usually, the pole is at least 7 feet tall so that the light string will remain above head.
Start with a large exterior-ready planter, often called a tree planter. The planter should be either circular or square and at least 20 inches by 20 inches at the base. It’s best if the sides are vertical or as close to vertical as possible. It should not have a rounded bottom.
Wood, resin, rubber, and wood-composite are the best materials for the planter. Do not use ceramic, concrete, or terracotta planters.
A string light planter made with a four-by-four (4×4) is top-heavy. With the string lights pulling from the side, the potential of tipping is increased.
To minimize the chance of tipping, use a two-by-two (2×2) for the pole instead of a four-by-four. A two-by-two is far lighter than a four-by-four—6 pounds, not 35 pounds—yet it holds the lights just as securely as with a four-by-four.
Wear breathing protection and waterproof gloves (latex or kitchen gloves) when working with concrete.
Source: The Spruce