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Welcome Back! David and I have a large outdoor umbrella that he was given for free. And, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on an umbrella stand – especially not the ones we’d seen in the stores. So, I started thinking and came up with a way to make a pretty one, for cheap. We have a small bistro table that we wanted to put the umbrella with, so I just needed a base to add some weight to the bottom. For this project, you’ll need :

  • 1 planter of your choice. The bigger on the bottom, the better (see mine below, about $16)

  • 1 bag potting soil (it doesn’t take much, a small $5 bag should be sufficient)

  • 1 pvc pipe (measure your umbrella pole. I used a 2″ pipe, pre-cut under $2 at Home Depot)

  • 1 pvc pipe end cap (the size that goes with the pipe you just purchased, about $1)

  • 1 3/4″ screw, a nut and bolt that fit it (Specifically, I used a hex bolt 1/4 x 1 1/2″, $0.17; 1/4 Hex Nut, $0.12; and 1/4 washer, $0.11 from Home Depot)

  • 1 5 gallon bucket (if you don’t already have one, $2.60 at Home Depot)

  • 1 60lb bag quickrete ($2.75 at Home Depot)

  • Some pretty plants/ vine (I used purple heart vine, it’s a part shade plant)

  • A Strong, patient Husband… And probably some Rum 🙂

To begin with, Drill holes in the bottom of the planter and in the center of the pvc cap.

Then, thread the bolt with the washer on it through the bottom of the planter and the hole in the pvc cap

Screw the bolt on tight and add the pvc pipe onto the cap

Now comes the fun part… Quickrete. The guy at Home Depot said that I’d need a mixing tool for my drill to mix up the quickrete. But, I have a 6’5″ husband who’s really, Really strong, so we mixed ours by hand. If you don’t have a strong (and patient) Husband, I’d recommend the mixing tool. If you DO have a strong Husband, I recommend bribing him.

Mix the Quickrete according to the directions on the package. We used a good bit more water than is called for – almost double in fact.

Once its mixed up, it’s time to pour it into the planter. We used the entire 60 pound bag in our planter.

The Quickrete has to dry for a while… we waited overnight to be sure it was completely dry. Once it’s all dry, you need to drill a few small drainage holes in the planter just above the Quickrete.

Now add the potting soil, fill very close to the top.

Finally, add whatever plants you’ll be using. The Purple Heart has worked GREAT!

Now simply place the umbrella in the pvc pipe and, You’re Done!!!

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2 responses »

  1. Cindy says:

    This looks awesome!! Do you think it would be ok if there was no table ? I need my umbrella to be free standing… Awesome job!!!!

    • I think it would be fine without the table a long as you always close the umbrella once you ate done using the shade. If you leave it open unattended our could turn over fairly easily. But this stand is sturdy and will easily hold a closed umbrella in most conditions. Good luck & let me know how yours turns out!

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