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DIY-ify: Outdoor Concrete Table/Stool for under $15


Trend: Concrete Furniture!

Need an update to your backyard, but you’re on a small budget? I’m right there with you. That’s why I made this concrete table for my patio! With about $15 and a bit of time, you’ll have the perfect piece to work as a stool OR a side table.


Let’s get started:


- 1 bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete

- 8 inch wide by 15 inch high Concrete Form Tube

- 1 or 2 inch thick foam

- 3 Quarts Water

- Duct Tape

- 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket

- Shovel/stick to mix the concrete.

- Large container to mix concrete (we used two 5 gallon buckets)

- Optional: 2 sticks to support the concrete form tube during pouring

- Optional: spray paint and acrylic sealing spray



- Cut a 15 inch long section off of your concrete forming tube.


- Mark the concrete tube about 3 inches from the top. This will be your concrete level spot.


- Set your concrete form tube on the foam and trace a circle. Cut out that circle.



- Use the duct tape to attach the foam circle to the base of your concrete form tube. Make sure the foam/edge is completely covered by duct tape.


- Optional: Drill four holes, at the 3 inch mark you made, into your concrete form tube. Push two sticks through the holes to support the tube during pouring.



- It’s time to pour some concrete! Safety note: I recommend wearing gloves/eye protection/dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, makes it so much easier (also, the concrete bag is 80 pounds and I am not even able to lift it, ha, my husband helped with that). Mix your concrete together with the 3 quarts of water. If you’ve never mixed concrete before, I really recommend watching this video by Quikrete.


- Pour roughly 2 inches of the prepped concrete into the bucket. Base first, put the concrete form tube into the bucket. Center it. While someone holds the tube steady, pour the concrete along the side of the tube. Pour to the top of the bucket. To get the air bubbles out, gently pick up the bucket and tap it on the ground. Add more concrete to fill to the top, if needed.


- Place something heavy on top of your concrete tube form to get it down to the 4 inch level mark. We used some extra tiles we had. Bricks or even rocks inside the tube would work.


- Let the concrete sit for about 30 minutes (or when there are no longer little puddles of water on the concrete). Smooth out the concrete.


- Let this sit (out of the rain) for 4 + days. The longer, the better. There’s a lot of concrete in there and it needs time to dry.


 To remove the bucket:


- Tear out the concrete tube and scrape out the foam.



- Use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the bucket. Turn the bucket upside down and tap the base.



- If the concrete doesn’t easily slide out, use a blade to slice a hole in the base. This should release some pressure. Use a crowbar if it needs a little extra help.



- You now have a concrete stool or side table!


- Optional: If you’d like, add a bit of color to the piece! I used some gold spray Paint to the top (sealed with acrylic sealing spray).


You are now done! Enjoy and you now have a super cute inexpensive piece to dress up your outdoor space. Good as a stool or side table. I ended up making 2 of these. I can’t wait to start using them this summer! I made both of these stools for under $30. Just needed one extra bucket and bag of concrete.



- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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33 Responses to “ DIY-ify: Outdoor Concrete Table/Stool for under $15 ”

  1. Just to let you know, concrete doesn’t dry it sets. The process is part of a chemical reaction between the water and the cement. In the waiting period, setting time, the concrete gets stronger.

  2. Wauw, it looks really amazing. I think I will try this when I move to my next appartment. It migth be kind of heavy to carry to the 5th floor.

    Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.

  3. How much does it weigh, by the way? If the QuickCrete is 80 lbs, would it weigh approximately 80 lbs, or does it get heavier because it binds the water molecules used to create the reaction?

  4. Okay I am seriously in love with this, especially with that gold paint at the top! I have gotta make this! I’d love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now, Hope to see you there!


  5. A few people mentioned the weight, even suggesting it might weigh 80+ pounds. Ladies pay attention to the instructions…. the stool/table is hollow, the tube insures that. So it won’t be anywhere near 80 pounds.

  6. Hahaha, well, maybe I should read the instructions myself. LOL I just realized the whole 80 pound bag of concrete is being used. So yep it’s going to be heavy. Ask any strong male that’s standing around to carry it for you. ;-)
    I’ve created a few things with cement and using grease on the mold made it a lot easier to remove the set piece. Don’t know for sure if this will work with concrete, but it’s worth a try.

  7. So love this. Do you think it would be too heavy or rough for indoors?

  8. Wow! That is super cool! This is on my list of to-do’s.

    PS. The gold paint really seals the deal..

  9. To Raquel. If you use it indoors, sand the bottom and then apply felt to the bottom so it does not damage the floor. If you do use it indoors, pls send a photo of where because I’m having trouble seeing this anywhere inside. But that’s because I live in 100+ yr old house. It might rock in a contemporary house (pun unintentional).

  10. What a fab idea!! I love it! I will absolutely make at least 2 of these this spring! It’s the gold paint that actually caught my eye! I just might make an extra one to mosaic tile! Hey, now you got me thinkin! Thanks for sharing your “cool stool”!

  11. Great for plant stand inside or out!

  12. Do you think that a 10″ forming tube work, or would the walls be too thin/weak?

    I’d like to make a planter pot like this, but would love shave some weight from what looks like a VERY heavy design.


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