Grass Table

Why create a small lawn on top of a garden table? Just because. The idea popped into my head, so I had to make it happen. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’m into it for now…

This is green living – a sod topped garden table.

I had my coffee out here with my 5 year old daughter the other morning – this table was the topic of the hour – she's intrigued. We agreed that we'd like to see a robin land on it.

Coasters not needed here.

You'll need a metal table with openings in the top for drainage and a strip of sod (a 4 foot piece is a about $4.00 from Home Depot). Put sod on ground with soil side facing up and place table upside down on top of sod.

Using a sharp knife (my husband used a drywall saw), follow edge of table and cut out sod to fit the top.

To keep the soil intact while maintaining proper drainage, I put down a layer of burlap underneath the sod.

Give it a good watering and continue to keep it moist with regular waterings.

I'll let you know how long it lasts.

My kids want the job of watering the table.


  1. Darcie  May 11, 2010

    I love it! You should do an entire line of grass furniture! Sofas, beds, recliners…or maybe just the little table!

  2. camilla  May 11, 2010

    D- Maybe the stairs? or the piano? It could be done 😉 Thanks for commenting friend! -C

  3. JUJU  May 15, 2010

    Hey Girl! This is brilliant, you are chalk full of wonderful, creative ideas! I get excited every time I come to your site! Thanks for the posts

    • camilla  May 15, 2010

      Thanks! You are too kind!

  4. Spenco Insoles  May 19, 2010

    No doubt its a brilliant idea. thanks for sharing this new view of furniture designing.

  5. Meng Linen  May 27, 2010

    haha this is brilliant. What if gophers invade though?!?!

  6. Stephanie Heredia  May 28, 2010

    I love this!

  7. camilla  May 29, 2010

    Thanks for all of the comments – turns out it lasted for about 2 weeks – long enough to have fun with it for a while!

  8. Karla @ {The Classy Woman}  July 16, 2010

    That’s awesome! Home Depot tweeted about this, had to check it out! Neat idea. 🙂

  9. camilla  July 20, 2010

    Thanks so much for the comment!

  10. Emily  July 20, 2010

    That is so awesome. I love that your kids want the job of watering the TABLE haha too funny. If you wanted it to really last you could always use astroturf…. 😉

  11. MmePaulita  July 21, 2010

    very cute..I did a blog post about it and linked back

    • camilla  July 21, 2010

      Thanks! So glad you like the idea! Take Care, Camilla

  12. Scotti O.  July 21, 2010

    So freaking adorable!

  13. Brooke  July 21, 2010

    I found you through oneprettything. This is SUCH a cool table. I’m really impressed.

    • camilla  July 21, 2010

      Thanks! I really appreciate it! Camilla

  14. Brooke  July 21, 2010

    Camilla, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I just saw the comment you left. I also wanted you to know that I added your table to my idea file.

    • camilla  July 21, 2010

      Thanks Brooke!

  15. Kimberly  July 21, 2010

    Oh wow, I love it! I live in an apartment, have a small patio, and have been trying to figure out a way for the cats to get some grass. Grass seed in a pot is too messy because they pull the roots (and accompanying dirt) up and all over the floor. Sod by nature should have tighter roots. Thanks for the tute!

  16. TRU @ TRU TALES FEATS  July 29, 2010

    Very cool! Maybe a bench to match?

  17. Evania  August 21, 2010

    I love this idea and I love your outdoor furniture! Where o where did you find it?

    • camilla  August 22, 2010

      Thanks! I picked it up at a rummage sale and had new cushions made. I used a drop cloth from Home Depot as the fabric for the cushions – it’s sturdy, looks like linen and really cheap 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  18. Lindsay  August 24, 2010

    So … How is the table holding up? I’m thinking of making one myself – is the grass still lasting? 🙂
    GREAT idea, btw.

  19. Alison  February 18, 2011

    nice for drinking off but not eating……. watch out for the ants crawling in your drink too especially bee’s who go after sugary drinks~

  20. Michelle  February 1, 2012

    This would be great for my girls to play with their little toy fairies on….that is unless our resident squirrels decide to use it as their piddle pad?!