Patio Table Planter

Take an old angel food cake pan and cut it about an inch from the top of the center tube and rolled edges. Slip the umbrella pole of your patio table through the angel food cake pan. The container can then be filled with fresh plants.

To keep the plants from getting water logged, drill a few holes in the bottom of the pan for drainage. If this causes the container to leak on the table too much you can easily remove the planter and place it on the patio floor, when it’s finished dripping, put it back in place on the patio table. If you like you can spray paint the cake pan first to decorate as desired.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. Dear Danny,

    I have long enjoyed your TV show–the wide variety of topics, and now that I have been enjoying your website, my pleasure has been doubled. Love the content and set-up of your site. It is very easy to navigate and content is very well explained. Keep up the good work! Thank you–Charlie

  2. Unable to find plans to the wooden “Patio Planter”, that was on the weather channel [TWC] Saturday 5/22/2009 10:22 AM. Made from treated wood, 2×4’s and 1X4’s. Have been looking at but not posted as the Project of the Week YET? Please help. Thank You Patrick

    • Hi Patrick,
      We do not have control over when The Weather Channel posts Danny’s Projects of the Week on their website. However, we plan to post a similiar planter project on our website soon. I’ll post a link to it here when we do.

  3. Ben Erickson,
    Thank you for getting back to me on the “Patio Planter” made of treated wood. Have already obtained the 2x4s and 1x4s wood from Home Depot and looking for the link and plans in order that I can build it.
    Thank You Patrick

  4. I am interested in the plans for the wooden Patio Planter as well. I will continue to look for them on this website.

  5. This table planter is a very unique idea. I enjoy taking on new garden projects and I think I just found one of my future endeavors. I have been an avid fan of your show and I have always learned a lot. Thank you so much for always sharing such useful knowledge with us.


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