Patio Umbrella Table Centerpiece That Is Easy to Make

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.

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

Pink Flower Centerpiece for Patio Umbrella Table that is set with plates and glasses.

So what do I do to create a centerpiece on my umbrella table? I recycle, reuse and repurpose.

Saved from the recycling bin. Glass jars and a tin can lined up on an outdoor deck railing.
Save Mason Jars, Milk Bottles, Tin Cans and Pickle Jars as they can all become a centerpiece for flowers or candles.

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.

DIY glass bottle vase to go around an umbrella hole and pole on a patio table

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.

Centerpiece vase for patio table with an umbrella. White and teal striped beach towels on chairs used as casual but coloful covers.

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.

Umbrella patio table centerpiece made using glass bottles. Table set and candles are lit on table.

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.

Jelly jars with candles in them around an umbrella pole on a dining table.

Use enough jars so they wrap around the pole completely. I find 6 is usually enough.

Red and white liddedJelly jar candle centerpiece on outdoor deck.

If you save the lids, you can even cover the jars so the candles don’t get dirty when not in use.

5 jelly jars turned into pretty votive candle holders around a patio tables umbrella pole.

I like to use votive candles in the jelly jars, but you can use tea lights also.

Close up of lit jelly jars Candle Centerpiece for Patio Umbrella Table

Good for the environment, almost free, easy to do, pretty and…. can be done in 20 minutes!

Pink flowers on a patio table with an umbrella pole in the center. Copy says DIY Flower Vase for Umbrella Table.

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  1. Thank you for this perfect and perfectly simple idea.

  2. So simple and so beautiful at the same time.
    Thank you.

  3. Linnea Rodman says:

    Thanks Diane. Great idea, once again. I also like how you “decorated” your chairs with matching colorful striped towels. Stay well, Linnea

  4. What a great idea and it looks great! I really LOVE those napkins, too. Can you share your source for them?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – I wish I could give you a source, but I bought the napkins at HomeGoods a few years ago. They probably are not sold there anymore.

  5. Great idea! I love this, and I will be using it on my patio tables too!

  6. That’s a cute idea! You can also find those tea lights that are citronella scented so the candles will do double duty. Love the idea for the wine bottles, too!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Gina – Thanks :-) Great idea to use citronella candles.