Sipping cold drinks under a patio umbrella is the perfect way to unwind. A cool breeze is a welcome relief for you, but don’t let the wind carry away your shade.
Properly secure your patio umbrella by making a sturdy planter stand. This DIY umbrella stand planter is easy to make and can be customized to match any décor. Pick a very large container with drainage holes and fill with flowers or herbs for instant color and umbrella support for your outdoor space.
Make an Umbrella Stand Planter
Step 1: Prepare the pipe
Cut a 2-foot piece of ABS pipe that fits snugly around your umbrella pole. Tape one end of the pipe closed with duct tape.
Step 2: Assemble the weighted support for the umbrella stand
In a five-gallon bucket add the amount of water recommended on the 50 pound bag of cement. Wearing a dust mask and safety glasses, pour the entire bag into the bucket and mix thoroughly with a mortar mixer drill attachment.
Immediately press the pipe, taped end down, into the center of the bucket as deep as you can get it. Use a trowel to smooth the concrete and ensure it’s level. Use duct tape to hold pipe in place while the cement sets. Let cure according to instructions.
Step 3: Add filler
Set a planter, large enough for the five-gallon bucket to sit loosely inside, on a planter caddy with wheels. Place the bucket in the planter. Add lava rock to help hold the bucket in place and provide drainage.
Step 4: Add potting soil and plants
Add a few inches of potting soil and place plants in the soil. Follow the thriller, filler, spiller rule. Choose aromatic herbs and colorful flowers. Avoid plants that attract bees since you’ll likely be sitting in close proximity to them. Backfill with additional potting soil.
Step 5: Add umbrella
Slide the umbrella into the pipe sleeve and enjoy your newfound shade.
When you’re ready to store your patio umbrella, slide it out of the sleeve and add a pipe cap to keep rain out of the pipe.
- Very large planter with drainage holes (we use this one)
- Patio umbrella
- Five gallon bucket
- Bucket for measuring water
- 2 feet of 1 ½-inch black ABS pipe
- Duct tape
- 50 pound bag fence-post concrete
- Mortar Mixer drill attachment
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
- Concrete trowel
- Planter caddy
- 1 cubic foot crushed lava stone
- Potting soil
- 1 ½-inch pipe cap