DIY Umbrella Stand Tutorial from Brooke at Spruce Your Nest.

Happy Thursday, everyone!  We have a guest today… it’s the lovely Brooke, from Spruce Your Nest. Brooke is a member of our little creative community here.  She is super sweet and super cute (seriously-look at her profile pic! Is she not gorgeous?)  I love seeing what she will link up with the Creative Me Linky Party. I’ve invited her to share a project with you today… please welcome Brooke, making her comeback from a two week vacation from blogging!

Hi everyone! I’m Brooke from Spruce Your Nest, where I share my trash to treasure makeovers, DIY projects on a budget and little bits of other things along the way…

I am so honored to be guest posting at The Southern Institute today! I just adore Jenny’s blog!

I love to spend time outside so I thought I would share a simple DIY outdoor project.  We recently just completed our backyard you can read more about that here and I have been on a mission to get it all spruced up with flowers and other odds and ends.  I really have a thing for outdoor umbrellas, but I wanted to do something a little different.  I knew exactly what I wanted…

DIY Umbrella Stand

I have been so frustrated with umbrella stands in the past.  They always seem to lose their ability to hold the umbrella firm after a period of time and a good one costs a pretty penny.

I have to give my husband credit on this job because my plan was to stick an old umbrella stand inside the wine barrel, install the umbrella, and then add the soil and flowers.  There is a real obvious downside to my way, if I ever wanted to change umbrellas I would have to empty all the soil and flowers included :(  My dear husband had a much better solution for me, I will take you through the process step by step…

These are all the tools you will need for your DIY Umbrella Stand (besides your pot and umbrella of course): 

 2″ IMC pipe (threaded)
2″ Hub
Screws
drill

DIY Umbrella Stand

Screw the hub onto your pipe and screw it down into the center of the barrel.

DIY Umbrella Stand

Next we installed some screws into the side of the pipe so that the umbrella would fit in tightly.

Basically the same concept as a Christmas tree stand…

DIY Umbrella Stand

Stick your umbrella in and tighten the screws and you have a beautiful & secure umbrella stand!

 

You’ll be able to see your pipe for a little while, while it is new, but just wait till your flowers grow to be more mature, like this, and you’ll be golden!

Thanks so much for letting me share my DIY Umbrella Stand project with you all today!  I hope you’ll stop by and visit me over at Spruce Your Nest some time :-)

Comments

  1. Amy Renea says:

    Smart! I love (and hate) when my husband makes a crazy idea of mine more functional :)

  2. Thanks so much for letting me be a guest blogger today Jenny! And YES, Amy, I really hate my my husband’s right ;-)

  3. Geri Johnson says:

    That’s a great idea! Pretty & functional! You could even add wheels to the bottom so you could move it around.

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      That’s an awesome idea!

  4. Melisa says:

    My husband and I have been looking for an alternitive to the “umbrella stand” and I think I’ve found it!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I wonder if you can install casters on the bottom of the planter so that it can be moved around the patio… or maybe a rolling plant stand that can hold the weight.

    • Melisa says:

      Opps, just saw that Geri had suggested the same thing. :D

  5. Definitely something the hubs can do! Thank you for the awesome idea.

    • Nancy says:

      You could spray paint the wine barrel or paint the strapping to give it even more color.

  6. Janeane says:

    I guess you could use artificial greenery to eliminate the “wait time”…. I am into ‘instant gratification’ in my craft and gardening projects. :) They could also be changed-out at will.

  7. judy norris says:

    won’t the wood barrel rot ? I might rather use a big plastic pot instead and drill watering holes in the bottom. I have a really plastic container I got at Lowe’s this past weekend with rope handles on it and I may just use it. we need some shade on our patio arbor even with the top of the arbor, still the afternoon sun gets in my eyes.

  8. Don’t throw away your umbrella if it rips. I put chicken wire on mine and planted wisteria in the pot. After it trailed up and took over the umbrella I easily keep the edges trimmed. It is beautiful and works for many climbing plant”s.

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