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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.

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

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.

It’s not too hot or humid and with the temperatures rising here in Florida, this is the time of year we most want to be outside.

I was thrilled to partner with Enbrighten Brand to create your DIY outdoor planter box as such a fun patio lighting idea to pair with their Enbrighten Seasons Color-Changing Café Lights, which are the hanging patio lights you see here AND we used the Enbrighten Color-Changing Mini Landscape Lights which is what gives that wash of color at the base of our fence line. Together the two make SUCH a statement and has us taking advantage of the patio (and pre-humidity, pre-bug season) ALL DAY LONG, and well into the evening.

Let me just tell you about these lights for a second though, and I’m sure you’re going to see SO MUCH use of these color-changing lights on our Instagram stories, because currently, my entire family is obsessed with them and how much color changes everything. With over 120 possible color combinations, you can use the remote to easily switch from a classic white glow (which, SURPRISE, is one of my favorites, along with the teal) or any single color to any two-color combination or one of the preset modes like colorful rainbow, red, white and blue, and more. (Hello, lighting for EVERY holiday!) And, you can buy them on Amazon

We even dropped the lights a few times during installation and these durable, impact resistant acrylic Edison-style bulbs won’t break if dropped, stepped on, or blown around in the wind. Another big plus.
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

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.

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
Okay, so as a blogger, I will say that there are some moments I think, “This project would be so much easier if I didn’t need to take photos/video/etc.” And yes, the process would be quicker, but there is something so magical about documenting progress. So whether a blogger or not, I think EVERYONE should at least take before and after photos when updating a home or making changes.

Just looking back to two summers ago when we purchased our home makes me so proud and so grateful of how much we’ve learned, pushed through and accomplished along the way! All that to say, look at the before and afters below and let it encourage you to start your own projects… even if they seem slow-going at the time!
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
Backyard progress update with DIY Horizontal Slat Fence
DIY Planter for Hanging String Lighting

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?

Item list:

3 1x4x8 common board

1 2x2x8 common board

1 4x4x8, untreated

1 2×4

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

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Cut List:

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:

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Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

Repeat to make all 4 sides.

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Step 3:

Line up two sides to form corner of box and attach with screws.

Attach all four sides to form entire box attaching with screws.

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

Step 4:

Measure inside edge to edge of box and cut 2 x 4 to form brace.

Cut 2 braces

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

Step 5:

Attach bottom of 2×4 brace at 4 ¼” on each side of 4×4

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

Step 6:

Align 4×4 in box flush to bottom and attach on both sides. 

Step 7:

Insert hook to top of pole to attach your hanging string lighting.

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

Step 8:

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.

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Step 9:

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. 

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog

Step 10:

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.

Step 11:

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.

DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog
DIY Outdoor Planter Box for Hanging String Lighting featured by top US Home DIY blog, Fresh Mommy Blog