These cement blocks were 88 cents at Menards. I just set them up the way I needed, addied dirt and flowers. Make sure to pack the dirt in the holes well to prevent a lot of settleing.
A spacious counter for cooking and entertaining -- made of recycled wood and cinder blocks -- cost almost nothing. Originally, the cinder blocks were part of the chimney at the back of the house. Decorative painting gave them a pleasing gray patina.