DIY concrete fire pit bowl from eHow. Summary: Make sand 'hill' in size you want bowl to be and, using a trowel, cover sand with layers of concrete, smooth a flat bottom to sit it on and vent holes, letting dry slowly under plastic sheet. Invert when dry.
Blogger Block Party...where I entertain in the summer
"Customize Your Outdoor Spaces – 33 DIY Fire Pit Ideas, plenty of good ideas to choose from (cheap too)" We'd like a firepit but most of our back "yard" is taken up with a 1200 sf deck on two levels, overhanging a gully.
DIY Simple Backyard Shade - Put PVC pipe into bucket then pour cement around it. Once dry, put bucket in tall planter, surround bucket w/ gravel, top w/ soil. (Not covering pipe) Stick bamboo pole into pipe & hang fabric w/ ties through grommets.