****PaRtY on the Patio!****

Here’s our FIRE PIT!  I don’t refer to it as a regular fire pit because, well, it’s a long story.

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But here’s the thing, fire pit season in Dallas is October through maybe April.  It’s just too hot to snuggle up to a campfire here already. So May through September meant topping the fire pit bowl with a piece of wood and loading it up with tons of candles just so we weren’t sitting in the dark and talking to each other’s silhouettes.

Until now!…

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We added patio lights, and I’ll show you how we did it….

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Level up four 8’ posts in four buckets and add a little Quickrete.

 

I considered using sand instead of the concrete, but mosquitoes love wet sand, and it just didn’t seem stable or heavy enough to support tall poles.

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Add a little water at a time.

And then mix it up with your handy dandy thing-a-ma-jig that attaches to the drill….IMG_3325to a pretty thick consistency.  

When you fill your little buckets, consider who will be carrying them around when they are stored away.  I filled mine half way and have enough room to drop in four-inch pots of flowers to hide the cement. But, eh, I really don’t care if my cement is showing.

 

The cement was sloped down from the pole toward the sides of the buckets.  After the cement was dry, we drilled holes though the sides of the buckets at the lowest points so the water would drain out…again, preventing blood sucking skeeters.

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Add four hooks…042

and then the lights!  We chose the clear bulbs.

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ta-da!

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Tip: lower your lights into a bucket to store them away.

 

Now, I have a place in the backyard for a couple strands of pennant flags.

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I used a paper pattern, Heat & Bond, an old Rachel Ashwell shower curtain, and pinking shears.  There are 44 pennants in all, and they are alternately attached on both sides of the top band.

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After the triangles were cut, I cut 1” strips off the shower curtain and sewed the ends together creating two strands that were 25’ long.  I found the center of each strip/strand and then attached the first two triangles on each side of center so that they would cross each other over the fire pit without bunching.   I then attached the remaining triangles working out from the centers.   Here is the intersection….

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That’s it. Easy peasy.

Pretty fun and Pinteresty too! 

Cheers!!!!!!!

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7 Comments

Filed under DIY, make it or fake it, out in the yard

7 responses to “****PaRtY on the Patio!****

  1. Scott

    I’ll be right over for those drinks out by the fire pit!

  2. Lyn

    What a great Party Pit! Wish ours was finished. Thanks for the good ideas.

    Mom

  3. Love it! Looks so comfy and the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks of an evening!

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