DIY Umbrella Stand Tutorial from Brooke at Spruce Your Nest.

Welcome, everyone!  We have a guest… 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’ve invited her to share a project with you today… please welcome Brooke!

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)

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 :-)

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