Repurpose an old umbrella stand

I have 2 old metal umbrella stands that I love, but we have no purpose for them anymore. We bought a new, larger umbrella that uses it's own stand and our old umbrella does not work anymore.
I want to do SOMETHING with these, besides sending them in for scrap. I need suggestions!
  9 answers
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 17, 2016
    Are these just the bases for outdoor umbrellas or the metal tubing as well? Can you post a photo?
    • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 17, 2016
      You could also use them as table bases for tables to set beside your outdoor chairs. Add a tin tray as a top and secure it screws
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 17, 2016
    Could you cut down the pole and use it to support a metal shepherds hook for hanging a basket of flowers? For sure clean them up and give them a fresh coat of Rustoleum paint.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 17, 2016
    Those bases would look really pretty used a tables.
  • Donna Donna on Apr 18, 2016
    I have one of these as well. don't use it anymore because we have trees that shade the area. Unfortunately the trees are mature and have no branches until about 10 or 12 feet high so I can't hang anything in them. I love the idea of using it to support a shepherd's hook. I would like to add wind chimes. Do you think the wind chimes would look too sparse? I can't use mine as a table base, it's way too short.
  • Dee B Dee B on Apr 19, 2016
    I use one as a sign post for a special "Grandma's House" sign I was gifted. . They also will hold a flag pole quite well.
  • Becci Birtles Brewster Becci Birtles Brewster on Apr 20, 2016
    Thank you Everyone for your input and ideas! I will look around to see what I have to repurpose using your ideas!
  • Sheila D Sheila D on May 09, 2016
    I bought one at a yard sale for $3 which I will paint. Bought a Dollar Tree container/planter that fit the opening but too large to go in all the way. Will place a potted plant in the container. Voila!! New patio planter with some height and can be placed within a grouping of smaller pots on the floor .