4 lengths Schedule 40 PVC pipe, cut to same length as height of planter (most hardware stores will cut to size)
4 22" to 24" tapered planters, 10" diameter at base
1 40-lb. bag of gravel
4 8' bamboo poles
¼" drill bit
3 yards outdoor fabric, 54" wide
Grommet kit, ¼" diameter
4 cable ties
Pour about 3" of water into a bucket. Have one person slowly pour about 60 lb. of cement mix into bucket while another person
stirs with a shovel. When mix resembles thick pancake batter, position one piece of PVC pipe in center of a second bucket.
While one person holds pipe in place, the other pours mixed cement around pipe. Hold pipe in place for 60 seconds. Repeat
process for remaining three buckets. Let set overnight.
Position planters approximately where you want them so they form a rectangle, 54" wide and from 6' to 8' long. Pour 2" gravel
into each planter and distribute evenly. Place a concrete-filled bucket into each planter. Center each bucket in planter and
adjust until it sits level, with pipe extending 1" to 2" above rim of planter. Fill planters with soil, being careful not
to fill PVC pipe.
Insert a bamboo pole into pipe in each planter. Decide what height you want canopy to be (ours is 6½'); cut bamboo poles to
Drill ¼" hole about 1" from end of each bamboo pole. Reinsert poles into planters.
Adjust distance between poles to your liking, with short ends measuring 54" pole-to-pole. Measure length between poles, add
4" and cut fabric to that length. Fold raw edge over 1"; press with iron. Fold over 1" again; press. Repeat for other end
of fabric. Following instructions with grommet kit, install a grommet at each corner.
Remove poles from pots. To attach outdoor fabric to poles, thread a cable tie through a drill hole, out top of pole and through
grommet. Close cable tie. Repeat for remaining three poles. Insert poles with attached fabric into planters.
Adjust distance between planters until you achieve amount of draping you like. Add plants to planters as desired.