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three in one patio table centerpiece vase and planter

 

Wanted: A better name for this invention I created!

What is it? I consider it a multi-purpose centerpiece for your umbrella-shaded patio table. But, it can also be a serving station for utensils and napkins. Add some water and it becomes a vase for the table. When the flowers wilt, plant some shade loving flowers into it and you have a living centerpiece! So, my working title was: Plant-a-ma-bo-a-ma-holdey-flowers-n-stuffin-vase. But, I don’t think that anyone would be able to pronounce that. (Nor would that be very SEO friendly.)

Whatever the name, I’d love to share how easy it is to make this outdoor living table centerpiece.

Materials:

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Instructions:

1. Measure and cut the 2″ PVC pipes into 7″ tall sections. (side note: It helps to have a stop block set up and a miter box so that all your pipes are the same length.)

2. Stand the pipes side by side and sand down any that are taller.

Sand and file any rough edges around the top and bottom of the pipe.

3. Brush primer around the bottom edge of the pvc pipe. (side note: Try not to let the primer drip if you use the purple colored pvc primer. It will stain the pipe.) Wipe the primer inside the edge of the coupling and around the test cap rim.

Brush the PVC cement onto the primed PVC areas.

4. Immediately press the PVC pipe down onto the coupling (with the test cap facing up). Be sure to face all the writing and bar codes the same direction. You can turn all the tubes toward the umbrella so the writing is hidden.

5. Repeat the same procedure to glue another coupling to the top of the pipe (minus the test cap.)

6. Turn the pvc pipes upside down and run a line of caulk around the bottom of the test caps. This will help create the water tight seal. (Or you could run the caulk on the rim of the test cap before you insert it into the coupling. Let me know if you try this and if it works better to caulk before gluing.)

This is what your tubes should look like:

7. Measure the distance between the couplings.

Mark the distance onto the radiator screen and cut it to size with tin snips.

8. Gather the PVC Pipes, radiator screen, hose clamps and flat head screwdriver. Bring them out to your patio table. Wrap the pipes around the umbrella. Bend the radiator screen around all the pipes and open up the hose clamps. Secure the top and bottom of the screen with the hose clamps. Tighten the hose clamps with the screwdriver.

This is how your centerpiece should look:

Time to decide what to put into the centerpiece! You can place utensils in the pipes for a party. (side note: I stuck some paper towels into the bottom of the pipes to keep the utensils elevated.)

Or, for a fresh floral arrangement fill the tubes with water and place fresh cut flowers inside.

For a more lasting arrangement. Fill the tubes with rocks on the bottom. Then add soil and plant some shade loving flowers.

The flowers make an attractive living centerpiece for your patio table.

So which way would you use this invention:

As a vase?

As a utensil holder?

Or as a planter?

And do you have a better name than Plant-a-ma-bo-a-ma-holdey-flowers-n-stuffin-vase?


Disclosure: I have partnered with Lowe’s as a Lowe’s Creative Influencer. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project. The tutorial, photos and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not told what to write. #LowesCreator

169 replies
  1. Jen
    Jen says:

    This is such a cool idea Brittany … love the look of the radiator screen! My favorite is the planted flowers…it’s an unexpected spot to have live plants and really softens the tablescape.

    I’d be thrilled to win the Lowe’s gift card! I need supplies to finish a garden bench makeover and to start a chalkboard piece and am also trying to get started on repainting some rooms – so I am becoming a regular at Lowe’s and could really use the gift card to supplement my low-low budget :~) Thanks for such great inspiration & the chance to win!

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  2. Donna @ My Sweet Things
    Donna @ My Sweet Things says:

    I love this idea for table flowers. I usually have them out on the table taking up space. This project would maximize space and leave more room for refreshing beverages!
    The Lowe’s gift card would come in so handy, as returning from the Haven Conference, I am so full of DIY inspiration! It was great to meet you!

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  3. CherylM.
    CherylM. says:

    I really need to re-do my deck….. I’ve been trying to come up with a name…..

    The PHG (Pretty Handy Girl) Plantainer … LOL … not too good!

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  4. Belinda C.
    Belinda C. says:

    Our yard is a wreck and so we would use the Lowe’s gift card to bring it back to life. =)
    Love your invention! I’m racking my brains for a name for it…..not that easy! =)

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  5. Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H. says:

    Here’s a thought: Table Buddy. I know it’s not really original or catchy, but my creative, name inventing juices aren’t flowing very well right now. 🙂

    You know, you can bring it inside during the colder weather months and use it on the kitchen table/counter if the base is stable enough. And, if you attach a couple of eye hooks or cup hooks to the side and make a removable handle, you can use it for picnics or potlucks. This is a great piece you made!

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  6. Michelle Leigh Stelly
    Michelle Leigh Stelly says:

    I would call it the “The All Around Outdoor Centerpiece” or the “Pretty Handy Patio Centerpiece” .

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  7. Teri
    Teri says:

    PVC R

    Rustic Patio Pipe Container

    Tried to come up with something for the V of PVC but all I was thinking was volume, value, venue, etc…..

    But this is such a great idea! Love it! We “REALLY” need to get to our patio this summer, it is a shame to have it and not use it just because it isn’t spruced up.

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  8. Erin Wiley
    Erin Wiley says:

    What CAN’T I use a Lowe’s gift card for? Lowe’s has become my latest addiction, as I’ve taken the summer off from working and started redoing everything in my whole house, it seems! Paint probably… hmmm.

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  9. seansmom
    seansmom says:

    What a great idea! …And it has such fresh, clean lines!

    That Lowe’s card would sure help me finish off my library book cases!

    Every clever name I thought of, someone else has already posted..drat! Think I’d just call it “Brittany’s Versatile Patio Table Caddy”. Not very catchy or clever, but it’s the best I can come up with. :>)

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  10. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Great Idea, Brittany! I suggest the name Ring around the Roses Centerpiece. I know you used hydrangeas and a few other types of flora, but it’s a play on the fact you have rings within a ring. Plus, there are flowers! 🙂 I could use the Lowe’s card because I am getting ready to install crown molding and could use the funds!! Thanks. Have fun naming your great invention!!

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  11. Lisa E
    Lisa E says:

    Love it as a utensil caddy, but I my fav is for the flowers or plants as it does soften the look as somebody else mentioned. $100 gift card? Yikes, that would be fab as I have an ongoing project list! Sorry I can’t think of a name at all. 🙁 Wonderful idea. You are so creative!

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  12. Alice
    Alice says:

    I love this idea and am thinking of one bigger in size to hold a chilling bottle of bubbly in ice. How about a much bigger one to hold soda cans in ice. They make some pretty big pvc pipe out there. Then it could be Pipe Medley or Pretty Handy Tubes is my suggestion for the contest. Thanks

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  13. Laura / Pet Scribbles
    Laura / Pet Scribbles says:

    What a neat project! I think you already DID name it: 3-in-1 Patio Table Centerpiece, as in that top group of photos in your post. 🙂 I really like the idea of putting the utensils and napkins in there, as it makes everything nice and neat!

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  14. Laura / Pet Scribbles
    Laura / Pet Scribbles says:

    And finally, I would LOVE to win the Lowe’s gift card and would put it towards are ongoing backyard renovation. My husband and I just finished making our new – and much larger – vegetable bed using some awesome cobbled pavers from Lowe’s… but we still want to make more beds….so several more trips to Lowe’s are in our future! 🙂 Thanks again!

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  15. BJ Martinez
    BJ Martinez says:

    Here’s my submittal for a new name. How about the “Patio Table Susan”. It’s like a Lazy Susan except more versatile. You get a multi-purpose Susan–flowers, plants, silverware/napkins, other decor depending on your outdoor party.

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  16. dragongirl
    dragongirl says:

    I’m so impressed I started a special “garden/yard” Pinterest board to pin this one! Love it.
    If I win the Lowe’s gift card it would certainly go towards ‘things’ to make for my garden and yard which is actually being overhauled as often as extra money comes in.
    An idea for a name for your great invention? How about “Patio Quintable Vase”? Got my mind spinning and thinking of more ideas. *smile*
    Great job no matter what the name is!

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  17. dragongirl
    dragongirl says:

    Don’t have twitter – dunno how to use one, but I sure did pin this great invention and am spreading the word with friends and relatives. Thanks for being so creative Brittany!!!

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  18. Lisa Williams
    Lisa Williams says:

    I could use a Lowe’s Gift Card because we are still working to restore our yard back into usable living space. Our back deck was damaged and we lost our outdoor building as well as numerous trees in the tornadoes last year. It seems like it will take forever for it to look right again.

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  19. Lori
    Lori says:

    I love this! Would be great for my granddaughter art station for her paint brushes! I would call it “Pretty Handy Organizer”!

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  20. Kelli A.
    Kelli A. says:

    I like this idea! Great way to spiffy up the patio table!
    I think a great name for this would “PRETTY (Handy) Patio Caddy”

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  21. Elena W.
    Elena W. says:

    What about Versa-caddy? It’s simple, easy to say and remember.

    No matter what you name it, it’s a great idea. I love the potted plant idea…gives a pop of color to your table.

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  22. Elena W.
    Elena W. says:

    A lowe’s gift card would come in handy to spruce up my yard. And replace part of my covered patio thats seen better days.

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  23. jennifer
    jennifer says:

    I love this project!
    I could use a Lowes gift card to add some small touches to our back deck. We recently had to get rid of some things that had seen better days and would love to add some new things from Lowes! Love the great outdoors and my backyard is my happy place.

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  24. Mary
    Mary says:

    What a nice thing for you and Lowe’s to do to help with so many of our projects! How about “UmbrellaVase” for the name? Because it goes around the umbrella and as we all know we use vases for all sorts of items. Thank you for the great ideal!!

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  25. Monica Young
    Monica Young says:

    I’d love love love to win because I have some small home improvement jobs I’d like to tackle…..FINALLY

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  26. Alicia
    Alicia says:

    How about alternating flowers and silverware? Or two PVCs of flowers in the back, and the front three for the silverware? Cool cool 🙂

    I’d love a Lowe’s gift card! I am just now getting into gardening, at the fresh young age of 21, and would love to get supplies to make my own raised-bed garden and/or a compost pile.

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  27. how2home
    how2home says:

    This is such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this with us! How long did this project take you to complete? What are the alternatives for the metal sheets if I can find those in a hardware store?

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  28. MarySue
    MarySue says:

    How about The Caddio – a handy caddy for your patio table. I pinned this nifty project on my That’s a Great Idea! board. I love the idea especially for holding silverware at an outdoor gathering. I might even use it indoors for silverware! We could put a Lowes gift card to good use for the supplies to make this caddy 🙂 and some plants to spruce up the sad looking beds in front of our house.

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  29. Wilson Family Adventures
    Wilson Family Adventures says:

    I am in desperate need of a Lowes Gift card. We just purchased a new house and there are boob lights everywhere. I must get them out of my house before I can call it my home. Please, please help me get them away. 🙂

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  30. Wendy T
    Wendy T says:

    I would love the Lowes gift card to go and stock up on things like household cleaners, light bulbs, and get some new hangars. Being one of the bazillion people who are financially strapped nowadays… being able to get the basics would be a blessing.

    Thanks.

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  31. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Thanks for the idea Britanny. I recently bought a little votice candle set for around my umbrella, but will definitely mix it up with something like this too!

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  32. Dee
    Dee says:

    I would use the Lowes gift card for paint. We’ve been doing lots of room re-do’s.

    Name suggestions (if they’ve not already been suggested) would be “Pretty Handy Caddy”, or the
    “PVC Pretty Versatile Caddy”

    What a cute accessory!

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  33. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    We just bought our first home and are so excited to make it our own! We are painting, decorating, fixing, and playing and could definitely use the gift card for our next project! 🙂 love your blog!

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  34. Lori
    Lori says:

    That is so pretty – I love the screen. Patio Table Bling!

    We have a 100+ year old house and can always use a Lowe’s card for all the work we do on it LOL!

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  35. LinhC
    LinhC says:

    I sure could use the Lowe’s giftcard. My daughter wants to repaint her bedroom and she has all kinds of ideas about decorating it.

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  36. Bobbie
    Bobbie says:

    I spend so much time and money at Lowe”s, I am never at a loss as to what to buy. But, I would have to say I would start with the miter box, I don’t have that yet and looks like something I would really like to have!

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  37. Bobbie
    Bobbie says:

    The versatile umbrella huger or The versatile umbrella huger centerpiece 🙂 This is a great idea, and it will be one that I am going to use. I don’t have an umbrella, but I do have the hole for one, so I will just add a middle one and have a little taller flower in the center 🙂 I love the living plant one, GREAT job!

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  38. Heid Lentz
    Heid Lentz says:

    I would love a gift card b/c I am working on:
    Redoing a guest room into my preteen DD’s room, updating my kitchen, the kids bathroom, the dining room, and my DH’s workshop – which is a HUGE wreck. There are sooo many projects on pinterest that I NEED to do….. shall I go on?

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  39. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I’d call it an umbrella fella! 🙂

    I’d love to have the Lowe’s card, as I can no longer do any gardening due to ancient arthritic hands. I want to have a flower bed removed, hang a nice swing on my one big backyard tree, and get a new bench or chair so I can sit and sip something cool while I watch my grandchildren on the swing. Or maybe just hang a porch swing from that tree instead. Sweet summer days ahead! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  40. klstar
    klstar says:

    Why use chalking, If you have bee primed and glued, they will not leak. The plumbing in your house does not have chalking

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