Need a stand for your brand new umbrella? Before you start browsing online or taking a trip down to the home supply store, consider making one yourself. This will not only save you money but you may already have all the materials you need in your backyard. Planters are great for making an umbrella stand because they are already very heavy and have flat bases to avoid tipping over. When filled with potting soil they become even harder to tip over. Plus, the stand can still be used as a planter to grow plants and flowers. We found this excellent tutorial on YouTube we believed was worth sharing. It breaks down the process into a series of very simple steps and the host does a great job explaining the little details. Watch the video on how to make a living umbrella stand using a garden planter. If you’re feeling inspired to get this look, check out the wide selection of patio umbrellas on Patio Productions.