I’ve tried several store-bought bases for my umbrella, but none were strong enough to support my 9-foot patio umbrella on windy days. Here’s how I made my own heavy-duty umbrella stand!
1Begin by cutting the PVC pipe to about 2 feet long (a handsaw works fine). Add the cap to one end.
2You’ll need a large pot. I went to a local greenhouse and asked if I could buy one of the containers they use to hold saplings. They sold me a big used one for $2. Make sure you choose a container with a wide, flat base so it won’t tip over in the wind.
3For this project, I used Quikrete 50 lbs Fast Setting Concrete Mix. It costs about $5 for a bag at Lowe’s, and I used a bag and a half. So my umbrella stand is a sturdy 75 pounds, as opposed to the store-bought bases that only weigh 30.
4Add water to make the concrete mix the consistency of mud. This particular type of concrete says it doesn’t require mixing… but I stirred it a bit with a garden trowel just in case :)
5Insert the pipe into the center of the concrete-filled pot. The cap should be at the bottom and the opening at the top. The concrete will start to harden with 5 minutes or so. As it begins to thicken, make sure that the pipe remains vertical and straight.
6The concrete will be pretty hard after 15 minutes and you can leave it alone then.
7Allow the concrete to cure overnight. Then add potting soil and flowers on top of the concrete.
8Add your umbrella and you’re set!
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