I love me some atmosphere lighting!
I’m all about the battery operated candles, real candles, twinkle lights, lanterns. You name it, if it lights up, I love it.
Lighting adds so much to the outdoor atmosphere.
So, with summer approaching, I wanted to make sure I had the exact lighting and mood that I was hoping for on my deck.
We don’t have an outdoor electrical outlet, so, what better way to solve the lighting dilemma than with solar lights.
I purchased 2 packs. I wanted two of the SAME lights, but by accident, I bought 2 different style lights. I’m too lazy yo go back and exchange them, so I rolled with it.
To hang my solar lights I used my DIY skills and taught my self how to mix cement for the first time ever!
It was so ridiculously easy, I will definitely be adding some more cement DIY projects to my list.
- fast setting concrete mix
- 10 quart metal bucket
- zinc hooks
- solar string lights
- 2″ x 2″ x 6′ pressure treated lumber
- spray paint
If you’re intimidated by mixing and using cement – don’t be!
It could not have been easier. I mixed the cement directly in the bucket.
I filled the bucket a little more than half way with the cement powder, then slowly added water from the hose.
I mixed for about 3-4 minutes with the handle of a broom stick.
No measuring for me, I figured the consistency of thick pancake mix was what I was looking for, and I was right.
I mixed the powder and water til I was happy with the consistency, then added the 6′ pole (spray painted black to seal it) into the center of the bucket.
I eyeballed the pole to make it level, then used tape to hold the pole in place against a table while the cement dried (overnight).
**Looking back I wish I filled the cement to the tippy top of the bucket. I thought the cement would expand while it dried (which is why I only filled the bucket 3/4th full with wet cement). Now, since there are a few inches between the top of the bucket and the dry cement, water pools in it every time it rains.**
I added a hook at the top of the pole, then strung the lights from pole to pole.
The solar charger is attached to the top of the pole so it gets as much sunlight as possible to charge the lights.
Since water was pooling in the top of the bucket, I decided to make use of the space and added some flowers. I love that there is now another purpose for the bucket – planter/solar light holder.
Here’s the nighttime look.
This is definitely one of my best outdoor projects – both for looks and function.
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