Aug 7, 2017

Lantern Posts

Today's post is the most popular post I have written to date.  This post has had over 25,805 views since it first posted on June 3, 2014.  How crazy is that?  So I decided to repost it for those of you that may have missed it.

We have no lighting on the far side of the pool, near the tanning deck, so it is pretty dark at night.  I came up with the idea to hang up some really large lanterns on wooden posts and presented it to Mr. K.  He took the ball and ran with it.  He went to Home Depot and bought the posts, Quikrete and the copper solar powered post caps.  He was pretty excited about the solar caps.  :-)  Our son-in-law, Mr. B, was able to borrow a post hole digger so we didn't have to buy one.

Quikrete is really easy to work with…..just add water.  It's just like making mudpies.  

Mr. K used a "fancy" method to keep the post level while the Quikrete was setting.  He nailed a paint stirrer to the top of the post and to the top of the fence.  Lucky for him, it held it just where he wanted.

A few more tools…..a level, a hammer and a little water.

No job is complete without an orange bucket from Home Depot.  Mr. K put the dirt from the hole into the bucket so it wouldn't make such a mess in the rocks.

Mr. K painted the posts "Rugged Brown" by Sherwin Williams.  I am so in love with this color!!!

We found the hooks at Hobby Lobby and decided they were a nice compliment to the candle holders we already owned.  My bad, I forgot to put candles in the holders before I snapped the photos.  We don't leave the candles in them all of the time because the hot sun melts them down.

We are very happy with the way it turned out.  I was looking for more light but I got far more than that.  Before the posts were put in the flower pots appeared as though they were floating without any boundaries.  Now the pots look grounded. 

We are looking forward to using the lanterns this weekend.
Not a bad project for under $60.00.



  1. oh my goodness I love the posts. They really do frame in your potted plants. Our pool is out in the yard and we have lights in the pool but it is dark at night around the pool. I had suggested to DH that we add light posts while adding wiring to the pool and he nixed he wishes he would have gone with it. I am still trying to figure out what to do. We just finished landscaping out entire yard and fixing furniture/cushions so can't spend anything for another few weeks.

    1. Thank you. Our pool only has one light in the deep end so I understand what you mean. That is why I wanted the lantern posts to hold candles and provide a little more lighting. I do use large lanterns when we are out at night.