|Project by BloomingSmith||posted 06-25-2012 02:17 PM||2053 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
The wife and I wanted to hang some old-fashioned Italian-style patio lights over our deck. The problem I had is that I needed a large post to hang them on from the back-edge of our deck (which does not have any railing to the back yard). So at first I thought about taking up the deck-boards and trying to sink a post in the ground but that would have taken a lot of time and hard work. I needed this post up and the lights hung before a party we were hosting in 2 days. So, I started to think of alternatives that would work. Finally, I had an illumination (pun-intended) to drop the post into an over-sized flower pot and drop some concrete in it. Then I remembered how these type of pots do not weather that well and figured it would only last a couple of years at best. So, I decided to put the post into a 5 gallon buck, fill it w/ cement and let it harden. Afterwards, I dropped the post and bucket into the large flower pot and then filled it in w/ a couple bags of pea gravel. Finally, we topped it off with a couple inches of potting soil and planted some colorful ground cover. THe final touch was to hand the lights by using an eye bolt then to add some hooks and hanging baskets.
This project took less than an hour (minus the trips to Menards to buy supplies) to complete and it has really added a beautiful accent piece to the deck whil allowing us to hang the lights.
-- Jeff, Bloomington, IN