DIY Flower Pot for Around A Umbrella
April showers are bringing the May flowers! Today I am so excited to share my leastest creation, the DIY Flower Pot for around a umbrella.
Those of you that have followed me for a while know that I am always saying “if I can not find what I want, I will just make one instead”. Well here is another prime example, of not being able to find what I wanted and creating it instead. Ta dah, I present the Flower Pot that fits around your umbrella stand.
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Now I know that this product does actually exist, I looked it up online at several places and they ranged $40-$100 a piece. I picked up this little gem for only $11.00 in store for a single basket, you can order the set online: Better Homes and Gardens 18 in. Outdoor Lattice Coco Basket – Set of 2 at Walmart. Then $3.33 for 1 1/2″ diameter PVC pipe. So, for under $15 (flowers not included) we were able to create this great planter for my summer centerpiece. So here is what we did. The base of the hanging basket already had perforated holes in the base. My husband used a jig saw with a metal cutting blade to cut out between the holes.
This does not need to look perfect, since it is the bottom. It just needs to have the 1 1/2″ diameter opening for the PVC pipe and Umbrella base to pass through.
Next we measured the height of the PVC and marked it with a pencil. We did this since we do not want the pipe to stick out past the top of the basket.
My husband then but off the PVC pipe with a hack saw to the desired length.
This step is optional, but since I tend to have touch of OCD, I spray painted the tip of my pipe that might be seen past the dirt level. Again, this is completely optional and has no effect on how functional the basket is, it is only for my decreeing eyes that will always land on the white edge through the flowers and drive me nuts. LOL
Once it is dry you place the PVC pipe into basket making sure that it pushes through the mesh liner. I recommend lightly scoring the mesh with a X to make this part easy. Once in place, fill up the flower basket with dirt and plant your flowers.
Hopefully, once the flowers are in place you will not see the PVC pipe at all. I would recommend using taller flower towards the middle and lower ones to the outer edges to create a mounded effect. This will help to cover the PVC pipe too.
I have used Salvia Vista White, a taller plant, towards the middle. Followed by a ring of Magellan Mix Zinnias. Along the outer edges I tucked in some Camara Carlos Lantana, which grow outward and create some dripping effects. I was able to pick all these beauties up at Abbotts Creek Nursery, one of my favorite places to go pick up annuals in the local area.
We then placed the bottom of our umbrella pole into the center on the flower basket all the way through to the umbrella stand at the base. This will be able to stay here throughout the summer too, for easy attachment of the umbrella top, or it can be removed, if you do not like the way it sticks out of the arrangement.This will allow us to just snap on our umbrella top when needed on those extra sunny days. We can still access the crank mechanism to raise and lower the umbrella too.
Since the arrangement does not take up the entire table and is contained to the center, you have plenty of space for your table settings and even a few larger food trays.
I am so happy I decided to go ahead and make what I wanted instead of trying to search online or order something that I would pay a fortune for and end up not liking. Not only is this option affordable, it is space saving and helps to anchor your table and umbrella even more than just the base and table. You would be surprised at the additional stability it provides on a windy day.
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