How do you upgrade an outdoor space?

How do you upgrade an outdoor space?

DIY Umbrella Base: Creating a Stylish and Sturdy Stand Planter

When the sun is shining bright and you're eager to enjoy some outdoor time, a patio umbrella can provide much-needed shade and comfort. However, finding the perfect umbrella base can be a challenge. Instead of spending a fortune on store-bought options, why not create your own DIY umbrella base that doubles as a beautiful planter for your favorite flowers and herbs? In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to construct a sturdy and stylish umbrella stand planter using basic tools and materials readily available at your local hardware store.

Tools and Materials:

  • Before diving into the project, gather the following tools and materials:
  • Drill with a 1/2-inch bit
  • Level
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask (to protect against concrete dust)
  • 5-gallon Homer bucket
  • Large planter
  • 24-inch piece of 1-1/2 inch or 2-inch PVC or ABS pipe (depending on the diameter of the umbrella shaft)
  • A cap that matches the pipe size
  • 50lb bag of fast-setting concrete and water (according to the package instructions)
  • Duct tape or heavy packing tape
  • River pebbles or lava rocks
  • Potting soil
  • Plants (choose aromatic herbs and colorful flowers, avoiding those that attract bees)

Step 1: Assemble the Weighted Support for the Umbrella Stand

  • Work on a level surface to ensure the stability of the umbrella stand planter.
  • Tape one end of the PVC or ABS pipe closed. You may also paint the pipe with a suitable spray paint if you desire a specific color.
  • Place the taped end of the pipe into the center of the 5-gallon Homer bucket.
  • Use a few strips of tape inside the bucket to hold the pipe securely in place.
  • Pour the dry mix of fast-setting concrete into the bucket. No need to pre-mix the concrete; simply pour it in dry.
  • Use a level to ensure that the pipe is plumb (level side to side and front to back).
  • Secure the pipe in its plumb position by stretching tape across the bucket and against the pipe.
  • Slowly pour the amount of water indicated on the concrete bag into several spots around the bucket to ensure even distribution.
  • Follow the drying time instructions on the concrete bag.
  • Drill 6 to 8 drainage holes around the perimeter of the bucket, level with the top of the concrete, to prevent standing water and potential mosquito breeding.
  • Turn the bucket on its side and drill a few holes through the center, into the open end of the pipe, to ensure proper drainage.

Step 2: Add Filler

  • Set the planter in the desired location.
  • Carefully lower the bucket, with the concrete and pipe, into the planter.
  • Pour in river pebbles or lava rocks around the bucket to fill the planter and stabilize the umbrella stand.

Step 3: Add Potting Soil and Plants

  • Add a few inches of potting soil into the bucket.
  • Plant your selected herbs and flowers, following the thriller, filler, spiller rule for an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.
  • Avoid plants that attract bees, as they might be too close for comfort when you sit nearby.
  • Backfill with additional potting soil as needed to secure the plants in place.

Step 4: Add Umbrella

  • Slide the umbrella into the pipe sleeve, using the planter as support for the umbrella stand.
  • Enjoy your newly created shaded spot in your yard, perfect for relaxation and outdoor gatherings.

Creating your own DIY umbrella base with an integrated planter not only provides a sturdy and functional solution for supporting your patio umbrella but also adds a touch of elegance and greenery to your outdoor space. By following these simple steps and using readily available materials, you can craft a beautiful umbrella stand planter that will enhance your outdoor experience throughout the sunny seasons. So, gather your tools, head to your local hardware store, and let your creativity shine as you build your own umbrella stand planter. Happy gardening and lounging in the shade!

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