In this tutorial I will show you how to make sturdy umbrella stands for under $15.
We recently added a pool and deck to our home and added some tables with chairs along with umbrellas to the mix. My concern was the wind, and also what if I wanted to move an umbrella to provide a little shade when I am laying out on the day. A little shade to cover my face for instance.
So I needed something to hold the umbrella and I didn't want to spend $80 on an umbrella holder. I like to MAKE things and I wanted to see if I could get by cheaper.
What you will need.
1. A Pot ( like a flower pot) You can get these at any Lawn and Garden or hardware store, even Wal-Mart. I have seen some for as little as $5 that are plastic.
2. Some PVC pipe. I had some lying around, but you can get a 10' piece for around $4 at your local hardware store. I used 1-1/2 inch pipe
3. A bag of quickcrete. I bought an 80 pound bag that did both of my pots equally. The bag was only $5 at the local hardware store.
4. A hacksaw or other cutting device to cut the pvc pipe with
5. Wheelbarrow or something to mix the concrete in.
6. A Hoe or other garden tool to mix the concrete.
Now lets begin.
Step 1: Cut your pipes
I had two pots around the house and I cleaned them out and put my pipe in the pot and marked where I wanted to cut with a marker. For me it was about an inch over the top of the pot.
I used a hacksaw, but you can use anything that will cut the PVC pipe to the length you specified for yourself.
I positioned it in the center and then used painters tape to hold it in place so that I could pour the concrete in the pot around the pipe.