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Easy Patio Table

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Here's a way to easily create an inexpensive side table for your patio using an odd assortment of natural and household items.
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $120 Difficulty: Easy
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I came across two of these cool planters at a farmer's market for $35 each. They are big enough to be side tables next to my patio couch so I figured "why not?" I gathered some items I knew I would need and got started.
  • easy patio table
I purchased a pizza pan at Walmart for $3.50 and gathered some shells at the beach along with some sand. I thought about using a pot saucer in place of the pizza pan, but it would have been much more expensive--you'll see the pan's use in a minute.
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I did have to pay to have two pieces of tempered glass cut, but I've also seen pieces of glass at thrift stores around town. Because I had two pot/tables, I wanted them to match therefore the extra expense.

To keep the pot from being heavy with sand, I filled it with peanuts I got from a local shipping store and some I had saved. This step turns out not to be necessary, but I include it.
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I put the pizza pan (or a terracotta pot saucer would work too) in the top of the pot. Because the sides were curved, the pizza pan stayed nicely in place, but a bead of silicone caulking would be helpful to keep the pan in place if your pot's top is not curved and keep the sand from sifting through the small hole between the pan and the side of the pot.
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Next, I poured in my sand...
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...and spread it around...
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...then added shells for a coastal look. Anything can be used for decoration depending on your decor.
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The final step is to place the glass on the pot. I used three of those little clear rubber table protectors used under glass tops to keep the glass from scrapping on the pot. And there you have it...
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...the perfect addition to my outdoor space.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Planter pots   (Anywhere)
  • Pizza pan   (Walmart)
  • Shells and sand   (the beach)
  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV
    on Apr 12, 2017

    Perfect! I still have one of those round glass table toppers from the 80's in the closet. Now finally a good use for it.

  • Lrado
    Lrado
    on Apr 12, 2017

    I LOVE this idea, especially since my daughter loves shells! Thank you so much!

  • 1984roro
    1984roro Memphis, TN
    on Apr 24, 2017

    these look terrific...well done!

  • Jina
    Jina Grayland, WA
    on May 21, 2017

    Uhh.... pretty sure that tempered glass can't be cut?

  • Barbara Tunney Kaytor
    Barbara Tunney Kaytor Kingston, WA
    on Jun 20, 2017

    Wow this is awesome thanks for my next new project...

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