How to Make Umbrella Stands

Umbrella stands are necessary to support outdoor umbrellas during the summer. The umbrella pole needs to slide into a support that is solid enough that the umbrella won't tip over in typical weather conditions. Many umbrellas are used over patio tables. This means the stand needs to tuck underneath the patio table. One way to create this type of support is by using a wide planter pot.

Support a garden umbrella with a garden pot stand.
  1. Measure the circumference of your umbrella post. Select PVC pipe wide enough for the umbrella post to slide into. Many umbrellas will fit into a 2-inch pipe. Select a wide planter pot that can fit underneath your patio table legs.

  2. Apply PVC glue to the inside stem of a PVC flange. Apply PVC glue to the outside of a coupling. Press the coupling into the flange. Apply construction adhesive to the bottom of the flange. Insert the flange into the planter pot so that the flange is centered.

  3. Measure from the top of the flange to the lip of the planter pot. Cut PVC pipe to two inches shorter than the measurement, using a hack saw. Apply PVC glue to the inside of one end of the pipe. Apply PVC glue to the outside of the coupling inside the pot. Press the pipe over the coupling. Allow the glues eight hours to dry.

  4. Move the planter pot to the location where you want to use the umbrella. Fill the bottom of the pot with gravel or river rocks. If the pot will not receive sunlight, only use rocks. If the pot will receive sunlight, add potting soil and flowers to the top of the pot. Insert the umbrella in the stand and water the flowers.

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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.