Broken Yard Urn Turned… Umbrella Stand

Broken Yard Urn Turned… Umbrella Stand

Consider this project an exercise in looking at things differently. Especially odd things…things you just can’t figure out…or, while thrifting, don’t know what their originally intended purpose even was.

That last part- about not really knowing what it originally was supposed to be used for- is exactly what happened to me the last time I was at my local Habitat ReStore. Before I even made it into the store, one of the items outside the front door caught my eye.

I really didn’t know what it was, but for whatever reason, it caught my eye. Perhaps because it was currently held together with some caution tape…

Broken Yard Urn at Habitat ReStore /

Unusual…broken…and full of possibilities.

After studying it, I decided it was some sort of outdoor yard urn. I mean, I don’t know if that’s true or not…but it had indeed lived outside (spider webs, leaves, dead bugs) in a previous life. Upon inspection, I realized that the top part was a lid (partially broken) and the caution tape was being used to keep the lid from coming off.

An idea formed, so I lugged it home. And promptly washed my hands.

After getting it to my back porch and undoing the caution tape contraption, I had a pretty good idea that my plan would work. BUT. This sucker- I mean, outdoor yard urn- needed a bath.

Broken Yard Urn at Habitat ReStore for repurposing into an umbrella stand /

Broken lid removed…

Broken Yard Urn at Habitat ReStore for repurposing into an umbrella stand /

Ugggh…someone needs a bath.

I gave it a good hosing down and was pleased with the results- which may not be evident in the photo, but trust me, it was a vast improvement from before the hose came out!

Broken Yard Urn at Habitat ReStore for repurposing into an umbrella stand /

From filthy to fabulous! (well, sort of)

So- my original (and unchanged) plan for this piece? To make it into a pretty umbrella stand that could live on our front porch. To make it coordinate with our home and other porch décor, I wanted to makeover the entire piece as if it were classic wrought iron. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

An Umbrella Stand Makeover

Black spray paint would help me achieve that look! I used some fancy fancy black spray paint on the entire thing. It wasn’t quite as glossy black as I had envisioned in my head, but I was happy enough with the results.

Broken Yard Urn at Habitat ReStore for repurposing into an umbrella stand /

Giving it a total makeover…make-under?

After the paint dried, I gave it a coat of clear enamel to protect the paint. When that final layer dried, I placed it in the corner next to the front door. Ta-da!

Painted Yard Urn fromHabitat ReStore for repurposing and upcycling into an umbrella stand /

Now you’re talkin’…

Now the true test- would and umbrella (both vintage and new) look good in it?

The answer, my friends, is a resounding “YES!”

DIY yard urn wrought iron umbrella stand from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Front porch perfection. No more dripping umbrellas in the house!

Sure, it may not be an authentic wrought iron umbrella stand, but I’m thrilled with the result nonetheless. Plus, it only cost me a few dollars…a lot less heavy (in many ways) than the real thing.

DIY yard urn wrought iron umbrella stand from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

A little side-by-side…

Craft on!


PIN ME!Vintage Outdoor Yard Urn Umbrella Stand by Sadie Seasongoods /


  1. sherrygcole says:

    I love it as an umbrella stand! Very clever makeover!

  2. This is so cute… Lot it!

  3. Love the umbrella stand! It’s even better than the original urn 🙂

  4. I like the way your brain works – clever repurpose!

  5. How perfect is this? I love it! I’m on the hunt for something to turn into an umbrella stand now. Thanks for the idea! So glad you shared at Inspiration Thursday.

  6. Great eye! I would have passed that right by. Looks beautiful — and such an easy makeover. Inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Becky

  7. Love it! Black is definitely its shining moment!

  8. Ooh la-la Sarah! Very swish and Frenchy! Will you share this one at Five Star Frugal this week? For me? Love, Mimi xxx

  9. What a great idea, and it looks so much better in the bronze.
    Makes a great umbrella stand for sure.
    Blessings, Nellie

  10. This is cute! What a great find and redo!

  11. What a clever idea, and it looks so good painted black!

  12. Jann Olson says:

    I like it much better as an umbrella stand and the black color is perfect! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. You are super creative! It’s amazing how you can spot something like this and turn it into something not only useful, but lovely.

  14. Sarah,

    What a great use for an old lamp! I love it! Knowing you, you’ll find something awesome to do with the top too! You always have the most creative ideas! Thank you so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!


  15. You have a good creative eye. It works great for an umbrella stand and your makeover is beautiful. I love the habitat ReStore! #merrymonday

  16. Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  17. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Pin Junkie Pin Party.

  18. Well, whatever it may have been before, it is much better now. I really like the change in the color.

  19. This is such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. Great idea and what a great way to upcycle!!! I just wish I could thing outside the box like you!!!

  21. Lynn at Nourish and Nestle says:

    Wow, I’m not sure what it was either! But now it has a new lease on live. Well done you for repurposing this otherwise neglected, sad looking…thing.

    Have a great Day!


  22. This is so, so clever! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; we’re featuring this project at tomorrow’s party. We’d love to have you come link up with us again 😀

  23. What a fantastic makeover – now wouldn’t it be fun to put it back where you found it, haha! If it weren’t so cool, that is! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday, and we’ll be sure to pin it to our Throwback Thursday Board! 🙂


  24. What a unique umbrella stand Sarah, you have a great eye!

  25. Wow, I do wonder what that was. I know I need to have an umbrella stand on our back porch to deal with the sudden rainstorms we have in Florida. Thanks for sharing over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party!

  26. I’d like to borrow a cup of your creativity please and thank you!

  27. Sarah, you have the best projects! Thanks for linking up at DI & DI 🙂


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