How to Make a Concrete Umbrella Stand
This warmed-up, splashy storage project from our #DIYDARE challenge will have you smiling in the rain
Filled with a bunch of umbrellas, this stand keeps the entryway clutter-free. Concrete is one of the ultimate outdoor materials, but it can look cold. To soften the aesthetics of this umbrella stand, we formed it using distressed wood, then added a greenish-blue color to make it really pop in an entryway.
Could you do better? It's your turn to make use of any scraps you've got lying around, supplemented, of course, by one or three trips to the home center, to build a project of your own.
Add a Dye
As soon as her dad, Bob, told her the tub of concrete they were given molds like clay, 12-year-old Ivy started rolling up her sleeves.
Bob had worked with concrete in the past and knew the material could be embossed. "If we make a form from distressed plywood, it will give the concrete shape and imprint the grain," he said. Ivy was fine with that but still wanted to know what to make. "Leave it to me," said Bob, who proceeded to look for a circular saw.
Bob cut strips of plywood for the sides, and Ivy scrubbed out the grain with a wire brush before screwing the parts together to create the form. After mixing up a batch of concrete, Ivy, with a whole lot of glee, used it to pack the walls of the form. Once it cured, they applied a concrete dye.
"Who knew you could use concrete like clay?" Ivy said. "Who knew I could trick you into making an umbrella stand so we can clean up the front hall?" Bob answered back, with a grin.