DIY Outdoor Concrete Table for Less than $15

Patio furniture can be pricey. Make your own with this clever concrete project from blogger Chelsey Andrews. Her DIY is both easy to make and budget-friendly.

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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. -Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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What You Need

  • 1 bag of concrete mix (we used Quikrete 5000)
  • 8x15-inch concrete form tube
  • 1- or 2- inch foam
  • 3 quarts water
  • Industrial 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

Step 1: Trace and Cut

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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. Then set your concrete form tube on the foam and trace a circle. Cut out that circle.

Step 2: Form Tube

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Use the 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. If desired, 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.

Step 3: Pour Concrete

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It's time to pour some concrete! 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 two 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 cure for 4 or more days. The longer, the better. There's a lot of concrete in there and it needs time to dry.

Editor's Tip: I recommend wearing gloves, eye protection, and a dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, it 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. 

Step 4: Remove Bucket

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Tear out the concrete tube and scrape out the foam. Then use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the bucket. Turn the bucket upside down and tap the base.

Leftover concrete? Create an outdoor bench to go with your stool.

Step 5: Tap the Base

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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.

Step 6: Paint Top

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You now have a concrete stool or side table! If you'd like, add a bit of color to the piece! I used some gold spray paint to the top and sealed with acrylic sealing spray.

You are done! You now have a super cute inexpensive piece to dress up your outdoor space. I ended up making two of these. I can't wait to start using them this summer! I made both of these stools for under $30 and only needed one extra bucket and bag of concrete.

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