How To: Make a Flowering Outdoor Umbrella Stand

How To: Make a Flowering Outdoor Umbrella Stand

Lise Harwin
Aug 22, 2008

With all the end-of-summer clearance sales, now's the perfect time to pick up an outdoor umbrella. But even if there's room for shade, there's not always space for a bulky stand or table. Enter the garden planter; a perfect way to support your 'brella and dress up a sun-soaked patio or deck. Find out how to put it all together below the jump.

According to Jeff Fisher at bLog-oMotives, all that's needed are the following:


  • 1 large, heavy flower pot (minimum of 18" to 24" tall)

  • 1 piece of 2-inch PVC plumbing pipe (cut 2 inches shorter than the depth of the pot)

  • 1 metal plumbing flange to fit 2-inch pipe

  • 1 transitional "screw-on thingy" to add to the flange, allowing the PVC pipe to fit into flange

  • Rocks, gravel or crushed concrete

  • Potted annuals or perennials

  • Metal peg or nail (optional)

The tools needed include:


  • Tape measure

  • Hacksaw (to cut the PVC pipe)

  • Electric drill (optional)

Step 1: Measure the depth of the large flower pot and subtract two inches. This gives you the length needed to cut the PVC pipe with the hacksaw. Screw the transitional "thingy" onto the flange, place the PVC pipe into the transitional "thingy" and place the combined pieces into the large flower pot.

Step 2: Fill flower pot with 4-5 inches of crushed concrete. Reposition the pipe/flange contraption so it is centered. Continue to fill the pot with crushed concrete until reaching 6 inches from the lip of the flower pot.

Step 3: Level out the crushed concrete in the flower pot. Place flowers and vegetation in the large flower part and around the pole. Place the umbrella in the stand!

• For more suggestions, including Jeff's optional step, visit his blog here.

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