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Friday, July 2, 2021

DIY Fire pit String Light Planter

Hello friends!

I am so excited to share a new DIY project with you guys! My husband and I have been doing on our own so much landscaping and gardening projects in our home and this one is one of my favorites so far. It really adds a welcoming vibe and cozy look to our fire pit area. 
It was an easy project to do and pretty affordable per what we bought. The biggest cost saving item was the plant buckets. We chose to go with a resin material as oppose to the whiskey barrel look. 
The whiskey barrels are more pricier but they look nice as well. 
Here is what it looked like before this project:

I hope you guys enjoy this post and please tag me on social media if you make it or you already have one. I would love to see it. 


(4) 4x4 posts
(4) resin barrels via Home Depot
(8) bags of fast setting concrete (quickrete) (2 50 lbs bag for each one)
(4) scraps of 4x4 
water (for concrete)
string lights
(4) hooks
wood stain (dark walnut) 
potting soil

Total time: approximately 3 hours
 STEP 1:
Place your buckets in the spot that you want them. Then add your scrap 4x4 pieces of wood into the bottom of your bucket. This will be used as an anchor and as a balance for the 4x4 posts. 

STEP 2: 

Next we toke our brackets and attached the scrap wood to the posts. This will help keep it in place as we place the concrete. We ensured to center the posts to the scrap wood and used screws to secure them together.


Now the barrel with concrete and water. Follow the instructions on your concrete bag when it comes to water/concrete ratio. This stuff is filled with small rocks so I suggest mixing it. We used whatever we could find on hand and mixed it until it felt smooth and there was no dry patches. 

We filled the planter about halfway with the concrete mix. 

STEP 4: 

Before it begins to set, ensure that your post is leveled. This is where you will use your leveler and adjust your posts accordingly. 


Drill drainage holes so plants can have adequate drainage. Drill several holes above the concrete going all the way around your barrels. 

OPTIONAL: At this step I didn't like the color of the original color of the posts so I decided to stain them using Minwax dark walnut.  


Now you add your planting materials. I first added a layer of rocks to ensure more drainage. On top of that was potting soil. I went to a local garden nursery to pick up some flowers. To keep it simple I picked up some white and red impatiens and some herbs for touches of green. 

STEP  7:

Now we add our hooks to our posts. You can place them anywhere you need to depending on your location. Drill a hole into your posts and twist them by hand into the posts. 


Attach your string lights! We haven't figured out how we want to add electricity to our lights. My husband has a couple ideas and once we are successful I will update this posts with the explanation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! 
I hope it inspires you to do projects at your home! 

God bless and have a blessed day!



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