Inexpensive (DIY) Cocktail Tables

by Charissa
3 Materials
2 Hours

With graduation right around the corner, I wanted cocktail tables around the yard without the expense of purchasing or renting them.

Being frugal and practical, I looked around the yard and got a little creative. So here was my solution:

  • large round tomato plant cages ($3)
  • table tops ($10)
  • paint (optional)
  • tablecloths (I recommend a fabric vs. paper tablecloths)

Step 1: Get large tomato cages. You will want the ones that are good weight wire.

Step 2: I purchased a few of the 18 inch table tops at Lowe's for about $10 each.

Step 3: I drilled four (4) holes through the table top - 2 inches from the center of the table top.

Step 4: Then I pulled the tomato cage through the holes and cut the wire off at the height I wanted the tables. It might take a little time and muscle to cut the wire.

Step 5: I used gorilla glue in the holes to keep the table top in place, then covered the holes with some cute coasters I had from New Year's. I painted the top of the table with various sized round sponges. Clearly you can paint the table, seal the table, etc.

Step 6: Since I liked the table tops, I left them exposed.

Step 7: I took an old tablecloth, sewed a quick hem - and strung a cord through the hem. Tied it to the top of the wire cage....and there you have it! Cocktail Tables.

Suggested materials:
  • Table tops ($10)   (Lowe's)
  • Large round tomato plant cages ($3)   (Lowe's)
  • Paint   (Lowe's in the sample paint section)
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  • Valerie Van Bergeijk Valerie Van Bergeijk on May 07, 2017

    How sturdy are they?

  • Mary Mary on May 07, 2017

    how sturdy are the tables? Once you start putting drinks, food on them etc. do they hold up??

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