DIY Umbrella Planter

DIY Umbrella Planter

It’s that time again! Time to share my Get Your DIY on party project! If you haven’t heard the theme for the month of May, it’s “May Flowers”.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, visit our party info page here.

This can be anything involving flowers: real or artificial, hand-crafted or stamped. It can even be something in a pretty floral print or in my case, a fun planter!

I was tired of my flowers always being off to the side because of my umbrella, but I came up with the perfect solution:

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

Why not drill a hole in my planter and put my umbrella right through it? Now they are perfectly centered!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own umbrella planter:

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  • Plastic planter (I found this one at Home Depot for around $6) **You may want to measure how much space there is between the umbrella when it’s down and your table. My umbrella clears my planter (with flowers) by about three inches.
  • Sharpie
  • Drill and small drill bit
  • Knife (Probably shouldn’t use your man’s favorite steak knife)
  • Potting soil (not pictured)
  • Flowers (I chose Impatiens because I like to keep my umbrella up all summer and these like the shade. Also, they’ll give me blooms all summer!)

Here is a quick pictorial:

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

  1. Measure the width of your umbrella post and use a sharpie to draw the cut-out area.
  2. Drill holes all the way around the circle.
  3. Use your knife to cut the circle completely.
  4. Remove circle to reveal little black hole.
  5. Feed your umbrella post through the little black hole.
  6. Add potting soil.

Add your flowers and you’re done!

I told you it was easy!

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

 

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

I tried to cut my opening the exact size as the post, but there is still enough space for water to drain without losing soil.

DIY Umbrella Planter 5

 

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

 

DIY Umbrella Planter. Super easy!

I thought this party theme would give us some great ideas for Mother’s Day too! What mom doesn’t love flowers?

Here’s what my creative co-hosts came up with:

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Glammed Gold Spray Painted Mason Jars   The Hankful House

Blissful Stenciled Filing Cabinet Transformation The Happy Housie

Paper Bag Flower Gift House by Hoff

Flower and Hymn Art  Just a Girl and Her Blog

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The fun starts this Sunday, May 4th at 7:00pm EST. Come link up your Flower projects or just come by to get inspired!

  I can’t wait to see what everyone brings to the party!

XO,

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  1. Sherri S. says:

    I love this idea & the color of your planter is perfect! Your table looks so pretty.

    Hope you have a SUPER weekend…
    ~Sherri

  2. Looking for the wreath you made for your Mom’s front door. I can’t find it.
    Any suggestions.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Love this! But what about when your umbrella is down? Love the idea! Very pretty

  4. After going over your tutorial, I realize that I wouldn’t even have to ask my husband for help on this one. ( I can be a little dangerous with power tools.) I would love to put one of these on my picnic table this summer, it would make a nice hostess gift, too. Thanks for sharing ~ Amy

  5. Christy this is Awesome! I want one now so bad! You did an amazing job Love it!

  6. Suzanne says:

    i think this looks beautiful butI am a little confused…when you water the plant won’t the water escape or drip down from the bottom of the pot? You can ad rocks or stones to help with moisture but I still think the water will drip?

    • All planters should have a hole for the water to drain, so this is really no different. I cut the opening as close to the size of the post as I could, so soil couldn’t escape but water could still drain. The water will just trickle down the umbrella post. 🙂

  7. Aren’t you a clever girl?!

    -andi

  8. Dorca Hernandez says:

    Love this idea! I live in an apartment but I’m sure going to make some for my sisters. It’s a great mothers day gift. Thanks

  9. Christy – what a fantastic idea and I’m totally loving all of the beautiful flower projects! Thanks for sharing this great project and pinning!

  10. WOW! What a great idea! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. It transforms an outdoor table beautifully. Thank you for sharing a DIY project that is actually doable!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  11. Great project!!! Easy enough for anyone! I’m pinning this one to our DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

    Shelly

  12. OH how clever and creative! Love it Christy!

    Nancy

  13. Oh my goodness, what a brilliant idea! I’m pinning this right now. Thanks you!

    If you have time and would like to join in with my weekly link up I would be thrilled if you could share this inspired idea! Please drop by and say g’day sometime!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. Yours came out so nice and goes so well with your style. I also saw someone use a bunt pan and think I may try both if I can find a cheap one at a yard sale.
    Hugs, Lynnie

  15. Great idea! Flowers and shad = a great place to spend time outside. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  16. What an amazing idea!….looks beautiful…

  17. What a brilliant idea Christy- now you really have my wheels turning. I think I could do this….

  18. Botanic Bleu says:

    Beautiful job, great idea, easy tutorial, and great choice of flowers….the white flowers will work with any color scheme.

    Judith

  19. what a lovely and creative idea. I invite you to share your post and creativity at my Thursday hop. You can start linking up at 8PM (MST) tonight. Hugs

  20. What a great idea, I love it! It’s a simple project but you can vary it to change seasonally

  21. This is genius on so many levels, particularly because we’ve never had a great umbrella base and our umbrella sometimes gets blown sideways in the wind…but this would solve that problem AND look pretty! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, Christy.

  22. Love this!

  23. This is great! I was going to use a bundt pan but that would rust. This is much better!

  24. Adrienne says:

    Hi,
    Just found this cute idea via Pinterest! Thanks so much! One thing that might make it easier to use season after season would be to glue a short piece of PVC (big enough for your umbrella pole to fit into) into the pot before the soil & flowers. That way you’ll always have a spot for the umbrella & you can take it out as needed 🙂

    IG: @thedaydreamerstudio

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