DIY Plant Pot Stands From Pallets

Updated July 20, 2017

It doesn't take much to turn a simple yard into a landscaped oasis, especially when you have the know-how to turn everyday items like shipping pallets into attractive, versatile pot stands. With the ability to customise the stands to match your existing decor and the option of switching out the pots whenever you feel like, these easy-to-make pot stands will help keep your yard looking fresh and stylish all year long with little cost and hassle.

Decide what colour or stain you want for your pallet. If you have a deck or other landscaping, consider applying a finish that will match.

Paint the stain or paint onto the pallet in thin, even layers going with the grain. Apply more layers if necessary, following the manufacturer's directions.

Complete any finishing required by your choice of stain or paint. This may include a varnish or protective coating.

Leave the pallet in the sun to dry completely, up to 6 hours.

Attach a solar garden light to each corner of the pallet. For self-adhesive lights, simply tear off the backing and adhere.

Place a large potted plant in the centre of the pallet. Choose a shape and size that you think looks good in the square shape of the pallet.

Arrange smaller potted plants around the large central pot, if desired.


If your pallet is already painted or badly stained, you will need to sand it down before applying your new stain for the best look. Make two stands and place them on either side of a porch or walkway for more balance. Mix and match colourful pots on the stands to get the most flair out of your solar lights. For a simpler look, use a single dramatic plant in a very large pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Shipping pallet
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Brush
  • 4 solar garden lights with self-adhesive pads
  • 1 large potted plant
  • Small potted plants (optional)
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Based in Seattle, Leah Noble has been writing instructional articles since 2010. Previously a teacher, Noble has been writing and teaching unpublished "how to" information for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art studio with a minor in English from the University of California at Davis.