What do you do when you have an umbrella pole in the middle of your outdoor patio table and you want to create a patio umbrella table centerpiece? In less than 20 minutes you can have a pretty vase for flowers or a candle holder right in the middle of your table.
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I am sharing something I have done for years when we entertain outside. I like flowers or candles on our outdoor dining table, but we need to use an umbrella over the table to shade it from the sun.
The umbrella pole creates a problem as it is right smack in the middle of the table where I normally would place a table centerpiece.
Flower Centerpiece for a Patio Table with an Umbrella Pole
So what do I do to create a centerpiece on my umbrella table? I recycle, reuse and repurpose.
If you have read my blog for awhile, then you know I like finding ways to reuse items that go into the trash or recycle bin. I have also been know to use Mason Jars and drinking glasses from my kitchen cupboards to make these fast and easy centerpieces.
For this table, I saved pretty turquoise wine bottles until I had 6. I placed them around the pole so the bottles touched each other to wrap snug around the pole. Doing this also hides the bottom of the pole.
Fill the bottles with water and flowers and you are done.
Depending on the size of your bottles, jars or the cans you use, the wrap around the pole centerpiece doesn’t take up much room either which is nice when your table is small.
When the party or dinner is over, you can move the bottles inside to use individually around your house or placed in a grouping on a table or sideboard.
Patio Umbrella Table Candle Centerpiece
When using wide mouth glass jars you can also make a candle centerpiece for your umbrella table. Pasta sauce, pickle, or jelly jars work the best to place candles or tea lights in.
Use enough jars so they wrap around the pole completely. I find 6 is usually enough.
If you save the lids, you can even cover the jars so the candles don’t get dirty when not in use.
I like to use votive candles in the jelly jars, but you can use tea lights also.
Good for the environment, almost free, easy to do, pretty and…. can be done in 20 minutes!