When I made my whiskey barrel planters or what some may call Texas Lampposts I planted vines to grow up the 4x4 post. However, said vines will take awhile to mature and actually climb and bloom. So, the tall posts looked a little naked. My partner in crime, cousin Terry suggested I add some hangers on the posts so they don’t look silly standing tall all alone. She came up with the design, and actually did most of the building of these diy bracket holders while I was busy getting stuff together for the backyard camper retreat.
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Whiskey Barrel Planters
During the backyard makeover, you can see that from a distance the tall 4x4 posts look a little bare.
Solar Lights at Dusk
I love this shot of the camper retreat at dusk. When the tiny solar lights are lit, the poles don’t look so bare, but in the daylight hours they needed a little something to dress them up.
How to: DIY Wooden Bracket Holder
The construction of the diy bracket holders to hang on the posts is really simple. They are also very inexpensive since they are made from scrap wood. My favorite kind of project!
For each diy bracket you need a length of 2x4 and 2x2 stock. The size really depends on your preference.
We cut the 2x4’s 16” then did a 45° cut on one end. The 2x2’s were cut 11.5” and mitered on one end as well.
Designing Bracket Holders
There was talk of how the brackets would look best hanging on the Texas Lampposts. After we decided that the straight cuts would be up and the miter cuts would be down, each 2x2 was secured to a 2x4 from the back using wood screws. You may notice we pre-drilled the holes where the metal brackets would be attached. These metal brackets came from the $$$ Tree. Making the grand total of these diy bracket holders $1 each.
Now, you may be saying, “why not just hang the decor from the metal brackets attached to the 4x4 post?” Well, you could do that if you want to skip the step of making your own bracket holders. But personally I think Terry was right in insisting we did it this way!
Don’t you agree? See how much prettier the wooden diy bracket holders look? It just adds to the charm of the whiskey barrel planters.
Paint or Stain Wooden Bracket Holders
You could leave the wooden brackets natural, stain them or paint them. We chose to spray paint the bracket holders.
Hang Plants and More
You could hang anything you please from these new brackets. I chose wind chimes, including the wind chime that needed restringing. On the other posts I hung watering cans. You can see the flowers are starting to fill in nicely in the whiskey barrels.
I planted Petunias and Marigolds. In addition, I planted seeds for Morning Glory, Four O’Clocks, and Moon Flowers. That seed combination was Terry’s recommendation. These varieties will grow up the 4x4 post and bloom all day long.
Although I hung the solar lights on top of the lampposts, they have stakes so that you could line a walk way or even put them in an ornamental tree. The pretty blue spiral solar lights are from The General Dollar Store.
These wooden DIY bracket holders would be great to hang on a fence or a deck, instead of just using the metal brackets by themselves.
Even on a rainy day, my backyard makes me smile!
more great projects from the backyard makeover:
- Pallet Love Seat Bench
- Cover your old patio cushions with fun new fabric
- DIY Fire Pit
- Reveal of the Backyard Camper Retreat
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
love Terry's vision and how u carried it out. very pretty color, too!