For a long, long time, I’ve been searching for a planter or flower pot with a hole in it to fit my patio table umbrella through the centre. Recently, I went to a design show and a very talented pottery maker was selling just the thing. They were beautiful but a little out of my budget. It wasn’t until that moment that it dawned on me to make my own!
So here it is, my dollar store version, just as effective and much more accessible!
Head to your local dollar store and select a sturdy bowl, pot or appropriately shaped container made of plastic. Then find a sturdy plastic cup that is wide enough to fit over your patio table umbrella pole.
Trace the bottom of the cup to the inside of the bowl. Cut out the hole you marked on the bowl and cut the bottom off the cup.
Using a waterproof adhesive appropriate for bonding plastic (I used E-6000), adhere the cut end of the cup to the inside of the bowl and let dry. Make sure there is a good seal so water and dirt will not seep out. I added an extra bead of glue to the underside. Don’t worry if it’s a little messy, nobody will see it!
Put a few stones in the bottom for drainage, add some potting soil and plants or herbs. There you have it! An inexpensive planter to surround your patio table umbrella!