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How to Transform Your Planter into a Stunning Umbrella Stand

How to Transform Your Planter into a Stunning Umbrella Stand - Ivory Lane Home

How to Transform Your Planter into a Stunning Umbrella Stand

Ready to turn a planter or urn into a beautiful patio umbrella holder? This guide will show you how to revitalize a planter using spray paint, a PVC pipe, and quick-dry cement. You'll create a durable, stylish umbrella stand perfect for outdoor conditions. Let's get started!

Materials Needed

  • Outdoor planter or urn made of a durable material like cement, fiberglass, or metal.
  • PVC pipe to fit the patio umbrella pole.
  • Drop cloth or newspapers.

  • Rocks and soil for planting.

  • Your favorite flowers.

  • Patio umbrella.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Prepare the Planter: Clean the planter thoroughly to ensure a surface that the spray paint can adhere to properly. Removing dirt and debris will help the paint bond better and last longer.
  2. Protect the Area: Use drop cloths or newspapers to cover the surrounding area and protect it from spray paint. Ensuring your workspace is clean will make the project smoother and avoid unwanted paint splatters.
  3. Set Up the PVC Pipe: Position the PVC pipe centrally within the planter. This will serve as the holder for the patio umbrella. Make sure the pipe is straight and level.
  4. Secure the Pipe with Cement: Mix quick-dry cement with water as recommended and pour it around the PVC pipe in the planter. Stir until it begins to harden, ensuring the pipe stays centered and upright. The cement provides a stable base that will keep your umbrella from tipping over. 
  5. Let the Cement Harden: Allow sufficient time for the cement to fully set, securing the PVC pipe in place. Quick setting cement typically hardens within 60 minutes. This step is crucial for the stability of the umbrella stand, so patience is key.
  6. Paint using your Favorite Spray Paint : After shaking the spray paint can, apply a light first coat from about 6-8 inches away. This spray paint is specially designed for difficult surfaces, ensuring a lasting finish. A well-applied paint coat will protect the planter and enhance its appearance.
  7. Apply Additional Coats: For optimal coverage and durability, apply 2-3 light coats, allowing each to dry completely before adding the next. Multiple coats will ensure even color and prevent chipping.
  8. Add Rocks, Soil, and Flowers: Place rocks at the bottom for drainage, followed by soil and your chosen flowers, creating a beautiful and vibrant display. The rocks help with drainage, preventing water from pooling and protecting plant roots. You can also use broken pieces of terracotta, plastic water bottles, old pool noodles or pine cones.
  9. Insert the Patio Umbrella: Once everything is set and dry, place your patio umbrella into the PVC pipe holder. Ensure it fits snugly and stands upright.

Customizing Your Patio Umbrella Stand

This project is not just practical but also allows for a lot of customization to fit your style and outdoor decor. Whether you choose a bold spray paint color or add a mix of plants and flowers, your new patio umbrella stand will surely be a conversation starter among your guests.

Consider adding decorative elements like a small bird or angel statue nestled among your flowers or fairy lights around the planter to give it a unique touch. The possibilities are endless, and you can tailor the look to match the rest of your outdoor space.

Benefits of Upcycling Planters

  • Eco-friendly: Repurposing old planters reduces waste and promotes sustainability.
  • Cost-effective: Using items you already have saves money compared to buying new ones.
  • Personalized: Customizing the planter allows you to express your style and creativity.
  • Durability: Properly painted and secured, your DIY umbrella stand will withstand outdoor elements.


Can I use any type of planter for this project? Yes, you can use any sturdy outdoor planter made of materials like cement, fiberglass, or metal. Ensure it is large enough to hold the PVC pipe and umbrella securely.

How do I ensure the PVC pipe stays centered while the cement hardens?
You can use temporary supports or braces to keep the PVC pipe in place until the cement sets. Check periodically to make sure it remains centered.

How long does the cement take to harden completely?
Quick-dry cement typically sets within 30 minutes, but it's best to check the manufacturer's instructions for specific drying times.

Can I use a different type of paint?
We love using Krylon Fusion spray paint for its durability and ability to adhere to various surfaces. However, other spray paints designed for similar materials can also work.

How often should I repaint the planter?
Repainting frequency is influenced by exposure to elements and wear and tear. Typically, we do not repaint our urns or planters. We appreciate the natural aging process of these pieces in outdoor environments.

What kind of plants work best for this project?
Select plants that flourish in your regional climate and enhance your outdoor aesthetic. Blooms, succulents, and compact shrubs are commonly favored. Consider incorporating petunias, impatiens, and a type of vine such as ivy.


Creating a DIY patio umbrella stand from a urn or planter is a rewarding and practical project. It not only gives new life to unused items but also adds a personal touch to your outdoor space. By following these steps and using quality materials, you'll have a stylish and functional umbrella holder that enhances your patio. So gather your supplies, get creative, and enjoy your beautiful new addition to your outdoor living area.

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