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DIY Umbrella Stand Planter

This is a fun, easy, and quick DIY project that makes for great patio décor! 

We have an umbrella stand next to our pool that we purchased, but all last summer we struggled to keep it upright even on the lightest of breezy days.  So this year when our pool opened I had decided that I was going to make my own stand!

I knew I could create something that would be more functional while also adding a décor element to our outdoor patio space! 

Step One: Gather your Materials

For this umbrella stand planter, you will need:

  • One Large Planter Pot
  • Two 12″ sections of 1/2″ PVC pipe.
  • One ~30″ section of 2″ PVC pipe.
  • One 50lbs. bag of concrete 
  • Potting Soil
  • Flowers of your choice! 

Step Two: Drill Drain Holes

Since you will have soil and plants on top of the concrete, you will want to add some drain holes.  This will allow moisture to escape and minimize the amount of moisture the concrete will absorb. 

I used a 1/2″ drill bit and drilled two holes on either side of my planter pot. 

Step Three: Place 1/2" PVC in Drain Holes

Cut two piece of 1/2″ PVC pipe at approximately 12″ long and place into each of the drain holes.  

You will want your PVC drain pipes to be taller than the layer of concrete you will put in your pot. 

Step Four: Add a Layer of Concrete

With the two drain pipes set, add a small layer, about 1-2 inches, of (unmixed) concrete to semi-hold the drain pipes in place.

*Hint: you do not need to premix your concrete for this project! 

Step Five: Set the 2" PVC Pipe

Set your 2″ PVC pipe, centered in your pot, into the small layer of concrete.  The layer of concrete will hold this pipe slightly. 

Step Six: Add remaining Concrete

Recruit a second set of hands for this step – you will need help holding the 2″ PVC pipe in place and level while also adding in the remainder of the unmixed concrete.  

Pour the remain concrete into the planter pot. 

Step Seven: Add Water to the Concrete

Since I did not premix my concrete, once I had it fully poured into my planter pot I simply added enough water to soak the concrete base.  I then let it set overnight. 

Step Eight: Cut off Drain Pipes

Once the concrete is fully set, cut off the 1/2 inch PVC drain pipe at the top of the set concrete.  

Step Nine: Add Potting Soil and Flowers!

Once the concrete had fully set, I added my potting soil and some flowers!  

Place my umbrella in the 2″ PVC pipe and now I just enjoy and watch my flowers grown in big and full! 

Links to create your own DIY Umbrella Stand Planter

DIY Planter Umbrella Stand

Prep Time 2 hours
Build Time 2 hours
Dry Time 6 hours
Total Time 10 hours


  • Ratcheting PVC Cutter


  • 2 pieces ~12 inch 1/2" PVC pipe actual length will vary based on your pot.
  • 1 piece ~30 inch 2" PVC pipe actual length will vary based on your pot.
  • 1 bag 50 pounds concrete
  • water
  • Potting Soil
  • Flowers


  • Gather materials.
  • Drill drain holes.
  • Place 1/2" PVC drain pipes.
  • Add layer of unmixed concrete (about 1-2 inches).
  • Set 2" PVC pipe.
  • Add remaining concrete.
  • Add water to concrete.
  • Cut off drain pipes.
  • Adding potting soil & flowers.
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