Umbrella base with planted flowers
Photo: Thomas J. Story
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68. Perk Up an Umbrella Base

Support a patio umbrella in a flower-filled pot borrowed from the garden as a crafty alternative to a plain metal stand. Cut 2-inch ABS pipe to the height of the pot. Center it inside and anchor in place with a layer of gravel on the bottom, quick-setting concrete in the middle, and soil on top. Plant the pot with flowers, and slide the umbrella into the pipe sleeve.

A 5-foot length of pipe and 50-pound bag of Quikrete Fast-Setting concrete mix, about $11 total;
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