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Make an Easy Outdoor Side Table

This is the time of year when we may yearn for new outdoor furniture, a dream that is too often out of reach for the budget-impaired. Still, never say die! Iíve ďdesignedĒ an outdoor side table thatís super easy to put together using only three main items from the dollar store.

Regular readers Dollar Store Style may have seen this earlier, slightly smaller version of the idea on the Dollar Store Style website. After being out in the weather all summer, a couple of issues popped up, which Iíll talk about as we go on. 

To make the new version of this outdoor side table, you will need:

Two 15 Ĺ-inch round plastic flower pots - Dollarama
15-inch round tray - Dollarama
Silicone Ė on hand
Electric drill or awl and hammer Ė on hand
Lawn staples Ė Dollarama


After I took this picture, I discovered that Iím no great shakes at using the Black and Decker, so I defaulted to using a simpler method to make holes thatís just as effective. (Iíll explain about the holes later.)


Turn one of the planters upside down and apply silicone to the bottom.



Line the base of the top planter up with the base of the bottom planter and press down. Let the silicone dry for at least 24 hours. (I discovered, with last yearís table, that using hot glue isnít a good idea; it melts in the heat. Oops!)



In the earlier incarnation of this side table, I used a patterned tray but, over the course of the summer, the colours faded, so I recommend using a white tray like this one. Push it down into the top of the planter until it feels stable. This tray fits very nicely just below the edge of the planter. You donít need to use glue here.

Please note that, because of the trayís handles, the planter will fill up with water when it rains, if it isnít under shelter. Otherwise, you could use the space underneath to store small outdoor items.


Because plastic pots are so lightweight and because, I will be using my new side table on the lawn mostly, I put four holes around the bottom rim on each of the four ďsidesĒ using a small pointy screwdriver and a hammer. If you have an awl, thatís even better. A couple of good whacks for each hole did the trick. 

These four holes will allow you to anchor your new side table to the ground using the lawn staples. Barring gale-force winds, the lawn staples should keep the table from toppling in the summer breezes. 



If youíd rather use your new side table on a deck or patio, prevent it from tipping in the wind by placing something heavy on it, like this homemade garden light. Use a small glass bowl, clear glass stones and the top off of a small floral garden stake burrowed into the stones. All of these materials were found at Dollar Tree. This light looks even better at night after itís been filled up with rain!


See Also: Rock Your Summer

                     Backyard Beach Party




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