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Setting up a really large patio umbrella at home is a great idea for providing shade in your outdoor area. It’s quick, easy and it’s temporary – you can move it anytime or bring it with you in case you move to another place.
Ideally, a patio umbrella should not just make your outdoor space more enjoyable, it should also make your little outdoor oasis beautiful. Whether you need a sturdy table umbrella to keep you and your guests cool while you eat or something more elaborate to provide relief from the sun, there are countless configurations available.
But instead of buying a base that might not even be strong enough to hold your large patio umbrella, you can opt to build your own umbrella stand. This will ensure you have a strong and stable umbrella base. It’s also an opportunity to add beauty to your outdoor area since it can serve as a planter!
You can use half of a wine barrel just like what you will see in the tutorial below, but you can also use a different container like a large terracotta pot. If you want, you can also create your own concrete container. Any container will do for as long as it’s large or deep enough to hold the umbrella securely in place and it’s attractive enough for your patio.
With a DIY patio umbrella base, you can enjoy your outdoor area without having to worry about it toppling over. The plants beside you will not only look good, why you can get some fresh air from them!
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- 1/2 Oak Barrel
- 1 2″ PVC Pipe & Fittings
- 2 80 lb Bags of Concrete
- Potting Soil & Plants
- Paving Bricks (optional)
- Straight Edge
- Cordless Drill
- Garden Spade
- PVC Cutter
Assembly of pipe: The pipe assembly is composed of a toilet flange, a 3″ to 2″ reducer, and a 2″ PVC pipe.
I used a straight edge a little smaller than the diameter of the bottom of the barrel to mark lines. This let me estimate the center of the barrel. I then screwed the flange down in the center, and glued the other pieces together.
Concrete: I wasn’t sure how much concrete I would need. I bought four bags, but ended up using two.
I didn’t have a large container to mix the concrete in except for the barrel itself, so I decided to mix the concrete in the barrel. If I were going to do this again, I would definitely mix the concrete elsewhere, and pour it in.
I used a mixer paddle on a drill. That got the concrete partly mixed, until my drill overheated. I ended up using my hands and a small garden spade to finish mixing the concrete.
Plants: After waiting for 24 hours for the concrete to set, we put the garden in.
I missed one step here. I had planned on drilling some holes at the edge of the concrete to help the soil drain. Since I forgot, we’ll see how it goes, and if necessary I’ll add them later.
This is pretty typical: potting soil and plants. My wife had the great idea to put in a couple of bricks to give a place to set your drink when sitting next to it.
Thanks to geek65535 for this great project!