DIY: Boho Garden Post

BOHO: free spirit, radical, independent, nonconformist, eccentric, hippie, oddball, wild, artist, free thinker, wonderer, adventurous, lover of life and beauty.


Has anyone ever seen or heard of garden posts, or totem posts for your garden? I had not until I noticed one in a friend’s garden. I LOVED it. It was colorful, and positive and I wanted one…BAAAD.

I got onto Amazon to check them out..they are a bit pricey between $55-over $100, depending on the size. I thought…”I bet I could make one of these!” (see one here on Amazon).

The ones I researched were made of PVC, so I hopped on the internet to check the cost of that material and it was still quite pricey. Then it dawned on me, I could use a wood post!

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I went to my local hardware store (Lowe’s) and purchased a treated wood post 4″x4″x8′. This way I’d be able to make TWO of them!

I also purchased a small 2 Gallon bucket (similar to this) and some 80lb Quickcrete (like this), that I purchased from Lowe’s as well. Initially I intended to burry the entire bucket, but changed my mind later (you’ll see, keep reading).

If I was going to make this post bright and beautiful I also needed some paint. (Here is the paint I ordered). It’s meant for painting rocks, so I am assuming it should hold up on the wood. I already had paint brushes, (similar to these), so I didn’t have to buy new ones.

List of Materials:

  • 2 Gallon bucket (or bucket of your choice)
  • 4″x4″x8ft wooden post
  • Concrete mix
  • Outdoor tolerable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Planter (optional)
  • Flowers or plant to plant around base (optional)

Pictured below are products I used or similar to the ones I used.

Most of these materials can be found on online at Amazon, or your local hardware store. I used a combination of both. The materials I had to buy cost me about $37, because I already had the paint brushes, soil, flowers, and pot. That is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying one already made!

How to:

  1. Cut the post in half making it 4ft vs 8ft. (Now I’ll be able to make two of them). I originally began by using a hand saw…that didn’t work out too well, so I switched to an electric saw. (Like this), and it was a bit scary, but I did it! I had one kid sitting on each end of the post to hold it still; I also recommend using eye protection.
  2. Mix the concrete. I poured some dry mix in the bucket, maybe about 6 inches deep. Then, in a separate bucket, I poured dry mix and added some water (read the bag for mixing instructions). I mostly estimated everything, hoping it’d all work out.
  3. Stabilize the post. I used some scrap wood I had to be sure the post would stay upright while I poured the concrete and would stay until it dried. If you want to get real technical, be sure to use a level. (I did not, so it’s a bit slanted, but I’m okay with that.)
  4. Pour concrete into bucket. Once the concrete is to proper consistency (use instructions on bag) pour into the bucket surrounding the post. I used a plastic planter to scoop and pour.
  5. Let dry. Instructions suggest allowing 24 hours to dry. Make sure to store in a place it won’t get wet if it’s suppose to rain.
  6. Start painting! I drew the initial picture and wording I wanted and then painted. I do suggest painting a background color first if you want. I put some wording on first making it difficult to paint around it. With a little patience it worked out though.
  7. Give it a home. Decide where to show case the new masterpiece.

Consider these options when placing the post:

  • Burry it in the ground
  • Put in a planter and cover with dirt and flowers
  • Spray paint/decorate the bucket and leave as is

I like that I will be able to move my garden post wherever and whenever. I’ll also be able to take it with me if we decide to move!

This took me a total of three days to complete. One reason, I allowed for the concrete to completely dry for 24 hours before moving the post inside to paint. Secondly, I had to tend to my four children, therefore, taking many, many breaks along the way.

I do think it’s a great idea to take breaks, not only for the sake of saving your body from cramping and hurting (thank you mid-30’s) but allowing time for the brain to think and recoup. I came up with more great ideas after taking breaks of what I’d like to paint on my garden post.

Well…what do you think? I am so in love with it and excited to make another one! If you try this, please share it with us on our Facebook page: @Plant Mom Wannabe, or hop on over to PlantMomWannabe on Pinterest and show us there!

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