How to Make a Simple & Stylish DIY Patio Umbrella Stand
When I bought this umbrella, it came with a metal T for the base to attach to. I didn’t like that it was a tripping hazard and I didn’t want to spend more money on a new stand. So I decided to do a DIY patio umbrella stand from a pot I found at Walmart for $25 and a 50-pound bag of fast-setting concrete mix for $7.
Looking back I would grab two bags of concrete because one bag wasn’t enough to keep it from being top-heavy with wind. That’s why I added rocks I had on hand. The smaller rocks were mostly just for decoration to cover the ugly bigger rocks. Let’s get started on this homemade DIY patio umbrella stand.
Tools and materials
- Sturdy pot (purchased from Walmart or any store of your choice)
- Bottom half of the umbrella pole (the part that connects to the original stand)
- Garden shovel
- Drill (for creating drainage hole)
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1. Find a pot
Find a suitable pot. Head to your local Walmart or any other store where you can find a pot that you love. Look for one that is sturdy and complements your outdoor space. Once you've found the perfect pot, you're ready to move on to the next step.
2. Prep the pole
Prepare the bottom half of the umbrella pole. Take the bottom half of the pole that came with your umbrella. This is the part that usually connects to the original stand. You'll only need this portion for the DIY project.
3. Set the concrete
Use set concrete for stability. To give your umbrella stand stability, we'll be using set concrete. Follow the instructions on the concrete packaging and mix it with water until you achieve the right consistency.
4. Level the concrete
Level the concrete in the pot. Place the bottom half of the umbrella pole in the center of the pot. Carefully pour the mixed concrete around the pole until the pot is almost full. Use a regular garden shovel to level the concrete.
5. Create drainage
Create drainage for the pot. To prevent water from accumulating in the pot, make one side of the concrete a little lower than the other. This will help you identify where the water is pooling. Once you've found the spot, use a drill to create a small hole for drainage.
6. Add large rocks
Add big rocks for extra weight (optional). If the 50-pound bag of concrete isn't heavy enough to keep your umbrella stable, you can add some rocks. Use any rocks you have lying around your garden or outdoor area. Add them to the pot until you feel satisfied with the weight and stability.
7. Secure umbrella
Ensure the umbrella is secure. Position your umbrella in the center of the pot, making sure the pole fits securely into the concrete. If needed, adjust the umbrella's position until it stands straight and steady. Add decorative rocks on top of the larger rocks.
DIY patio umbrella stand
If your umbrella has lights like mine, you're in for a treat. Enjoy the cool ambiance it creates during nighttime gatherings in your outdoor space. There you have it – your upgraded DIY patio umbrella stand is ready to enhance your outdoor experience.
Now you can relax and enjoy the shade without worrying about a wobbly stand. Let me know what you think in the comments!
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