(A great solution for the ever-ugly umbrella stand. Get a wine barrel, cut in half and hole the top. Use the other half as a planter.or buy those barrel planters.once in place, can also be used as a table/umbrella stand.
I picked the spool up off the curb last summer and bought a small section of pipe and an attachment. We use it on our dock, so to keep the umbrella from lifting out in the wind, I drilled a hole through the pipe (not fun!