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DIY Tabletop Fire Pit

Today I am sharing how I created DIY Tabletop Fire Pit from a concrete planter I found on the side of the road.

You’ve heard the saying “One mans trash is another mans treasure”.
In this case it happens to be a woman’s treasure.

I found this concrete urn on the side of the road over 5 years ago, discarded on trash day.

concrete planter for table top fire pit

The concrete planter has a gorgeous pedestal with a beautiful shape and stunning garland trim on the bowl.

Honestly, I had a hard time using it for plants.
The bowl is wide and shallow.

So I needed to find another use for it.
Well, I had a great idea.
I think it will make the perfect table top fire pit.

The base had some cracks

and the bowl had this weird dried goo on it

unsightly adhesive

I wanted to give the concrete urn a bit of character and transform so that it has some of that French cottage charm that I love.

Charm was simply added by painting a bit of grey, making sure to get it in the cracked base.
Then I added a bit of soft green.

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Back to the project!
I did not completely cover the concrete, because I wanted a some of the original concrete to peek out.

Once the grey and soft green dried, I used a combination of stippling and dry brushing over the entire concrete urn with white paint.

Check out the quick video showing how I achieved the effect.

Since there is very little paint used, it dries pretty quickly.

I did add felt pads to the bottom of the concrete urn, so that the concrete wouldn’t scratch my glass tabletop.

The last thing to do is to add fire glass.

I found this beautiful aqua colored fire glass that reminded of my favorite color beach glass.

once dry add fire glass to urn

Look carefully in the background and you may notice that my roses make a few brief appearances in the tutorial.

Propagated roses

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Pop over to the post when you are done making your firepit.

If you want to make your own tabletop fire pit, make sure to use a fireproof container.
You can use fire glass [which is rated for heat] or different types of stone like these:

The last thing you need is gel fuel – Sterno is very reliable and clean burning.
You can even use it to roast marshmallows!

Here’s how I added the fire glass, notice that I used silicone gloves to protect my hands.

The glass could have sharp edges, and I wanted to make sure I did not cut myself.

It is important to follow the safety tips from the manufacturer.

The fuel burns CLEAN, if you notice in the video above, you can’t see the flame when I lit the gel fuel in bright daylight – PLEASE BE SAFE!

I just love how the urn turned out.
All the layers of paint peeking thru making it look like an antique.
Time will cause the paint to chip a bit, too.
Oh, the color of the fire class, it reminds me of my walks by the lake looking for beach glass.

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Here is how beautiful my DIY tabletop fire pit looks at night in my wee cottage garden.

It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Now, where are my marshmallows?

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Perfect for roasting marshmallows or an ambient glow, see how Juliet from A Loverly Life transforms this concrete urn in to a tabletop fire pit.

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    1. Thanks for joining again Marie! Your living wall area is so beautiful for outdoor entertaining. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Thank you Carol. I wish I could have made it work for plants, but they just never looked right.
      I am loving the fire pit, so I am glad I didn’t get rid of it.

  1. Wow Juliet I am just loving this project so much! Love how you finished the urn and the glass you chose – man I was drooling at the glass as I am such an aqua lover. Then that little can of gel fuel…I didn’t even know such a thing existed. You may have created a monster. I am going to load up on this stuff as I can see a lot of interesting projects to use it for!!!

    1. Crystal, the size I used lasts for 2 hours! You can get bigger cans, too. I can picture a long one with a couple cans – wouldn’t that be cool?
      The glass is just my favorite beach glass color, so I couldn’t resist getting that over stones. I am sure stones may have been more traditional, I love love love the glass.

    1. Thank you darling KariAnne.
      A loverly day to you, my friend [wrapped in love, of course!]

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