The weather has been beautiful lately and so we thought we would use what was left of spring to take care of some fun projects on our list. Continuing our backyard makeover with a little hanging string lighting update was the perfect way to celebrate spring. These DIY outdoor planter flower boxes are a modern way to hang string lighting over a deck or patio and really update the look and feel of the great outdoors, just in time for all of your fun backyard summer plans!
PSA. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
We’ve been slowly updating and renovating our home, and if you’ve followed along for awhile, you’ve probably seen much of the progress right along with us as we share it in our House to Home episodes and posts! I say slowly because when you have a long list, you pick and choose which projects to tackle, and this is the perfect season for us to get outdoors.
The remote! The remote-controlled features are so easy to use and customize ALL the lights including – dimming, countdown timers, preset themes, effects and of course, change colors. Plus, you can pair the included remote to control BOTH hanging string lights and landscape lights with just one remote.
We created the planter boxes to hang the Enbrighten Seasons Cafe Lights above the patio, and used the Enbrighten Mini Landscape Lights along the edges. The great thing about the landscape lights is they have multiple mounting options for up or down lighting for flower beds, gardens, walkways, decks, accent lighting, eaves, indoor, kitchens, celebrations, and more…. all in the box.
Ready to Make your own DIY Outdoor Planter Box and Start Hanging String Lighting?
3 1x4x8 common board
1 2x2x8 common board
1 4x4x8, untreated
1 5/8” building screws, 1 lb box
1 open ended screw hook
16” round plant liner
Optional Weight for Planter Base: 4 12×12 limestone pavers and 16″ square of plywood
16 pieces – Cut 1×4 at 15 3/4”
4 pieces – Cut 2×2 at 16”
4 pieces – Cut 1×4 at 16” then 45 degree cut at each end
Directions to Create DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting:
Align one cut 2×2 flush with short edge of cut 1×4.
Attach with two screws.
Create a space and then screw on another 1×4 until you have four 1×4 boards attached and running perpendicular to the 2×2.
4 boards attached form 1 side of your outdoor planter box.
Tip: Place another 1×4 board on edge for spacer.
Repeat to make all 4 sides.
Line up two sides to form corner of box and attach with screws.
Attach all four sides to form entire box attaching with screws.
Measure inside edge to edge of box and cut 2 x 4 to form brace.
Cut 2 braces
Attach bottom of 2×4 brace at 4 ¼” on each side of 4×4
Align 4×4 in box flush to bottom and attach on both sides.
Insert hook to top of pole to attach your hanging string lighting.
Attach all 4 cut pieces of 1×4 with 45 degree cuts flat on top of box. Arrange pieces on top and place inside corner on corner of 2×2 post. Attach with finish nails or screws.
Optional: Depending on weight of outdoor lighting you may need to add weight to base of your outdoor planter box.
In our case we used 12X12 lime stone pavers.
They slide in nicely after box is built. Before we added the pavers, we attached a 16″ X 16″ square of plywood to the bottom of each planter box.
At this point you could paint or stain, and I would recommend one or the other to give some outdoor weather protection to your new DIY outdoor planter box for hanging string lighting. We chose to use the stain left over from our DIY horizontal slat fence so that they would match.
Place small cut in center of plant liner.
Slide over the 4×4 from the top and press into the box flush with top of box.
Add soil and plants/flowers to suit.