We don't have a deck or a patio and the house is very small compared to most. The lady that used to live here before us had to have a handicap ramp put in. So that is the closest to a deck that I have. A couple of years ago we squared off a section next to the ramp and made a little patio area. I was never really happy with it but we made it work.
My husband had shoulder surgery in April for a torn rotator cuff so we have been spending some time outside here and there to get a little break from looking at the same four walls. So I knew this year I needed to make a few changes so I would be happy with that area and enjoy it better. I had a market umbrella that we bought a few years ago and the umbrella stand that I had just wasn't tall enough to keep it from falling over and the tables that we had were no help either. So with the new changes I knew a new umbrella stand was a must.
We cleaned up the space and laid in some pea gravel. Took out the tables we had (we never used them other than to hold the umbrella) and added enough chairs to fill the space for a few guests, the grill, and a side table to hold drinks and such. (I had been searching for a side table/stand for two years) Now it was time to work on the umbrella stand. I found a flower pot that had enough width and height to be perfect for the project. (I knew I needed height to be able to hold the umbrella)
First I made sure that there were holes for drainage in the bottom of the pot. We then spray painted a 2 inch PVC pipe to match the pot that we bought from a local home improvement store. It was a perfect match! Then we added some rocks for drainage. Making sure to surround the PVC pipe in the middle.
Before we added the concrete, we placed a few wooden dowels in for drainage. We were not particular on the concrete since it was going to be covered. We poured the bag in and sprayed it with water until it was saturated. Before the concrete hardened, we removed the dowels. (we were almost too late with this step but with a few good yanks, we got 'em out)
Now it was time to add the potting soil and the flowers. We added a few different varieties to give it some interest. As they grow they will fill out the pot and be pretty all summer.
I am super happy with the way it turned out! The flowers are filling in nicely now and we have already had some guests over to enjoy it over Memorial Day weekend. Now I am on the hunt for a few more chairs though, our old ones have bit the dust! Oh and I just had to buy a new umbrella too! We just needed something bright, fresh, and new to liven up the space.
DIY Umbrella Stand & Planter
1- large flower pot
1- 2 inch PVC pipe (about 2 feet)
Gray spray paint (or whichever matches your pot)
1 bag of concrete
rocks for drainage
variety of flowers
Spray paint the PVC pipe and allow to dry. Place the PVC pipe in the middle of the pot and surround with rocks for support and allow drainage. Place dowels around using the rocks as support (you want them to be lower than the concrete to allow holes for drainage) Pour in the concrete and saturate with water. Remove dowels before the concrete hardens. Once the concrete has hardened, add potting soil and top with flowers. Add your umbrella and kick back and enjoy!