So since our pool was built we really wish we would have had them install some in deck umbrella sleeves. We have one on the baja step and another on the deep end bench. But we could really use some more. Installing them after the fact isnt cheap so we've been looking for other options.
I was out in the side yard mess'n around and saw an old plastic planter, an old bag of quikrete and a piece of 1 1/4 schedule 40. All of this stuff is left overs from previous projects. At any rate I figured I would try to make an umbrella stand / planter out of all the stuff and see how it turned out. It turned out pretty good and it was really cheap. I put some landscape rock in mine but will eventually add poting soil and a low litter plant of some sort. With a descent looking planter this little project would turn out pretty good.
One 60# bag Quikrete
One planter of your choice.
One stick of 1 1/4" schedule 40 PVC. I got mine from the electrical section of Lowes.
Put about two inches worth of quikrete in the planter, cut your PVC to length (about an inch below the top of the planter), place the PVC in the center of the planter and get it plumb then push it into the quikrete to hold it in place. Add a little water. Check to make sure the pole is in the center and add more quikrete. Keep adding water & quikrete till you get to your desired amount. Let it dry for about 24 hours. Add your topping to the planter and you're all done.