Do it Yourself Wooden Plant Stands

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Do it Yourself Wooden Plant Stands
Outdoor potted plants can be raised off the ground with an easy-to-build plant stand. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Wooden plant stands offer an attractive way to showcase both indoor and outdoor plants. Plant stands keep plants off of the ground and allow for drainage, which adds to plant health. A unique plant display can be made by grouping a number of stands together. Place plant stands where plants will get an adequate amount of light according to their species requirement.

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Things you need

  • 17 linear feet of 1-by-6-inch pine
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • 2 linear feet of 1-by-8-inch pine
  • 2 linear feet of 1-by-10-inch pine
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Wood filler
  • Outdoor paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stencils (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut four 48-inch-long lengths of 1-by-6-inch pine using a circular saw. Make the cuts as straight as possible to avoid a leaning stand. These four boards will be the sides of the plant stand.

  2. 2

    Cut two small pieces of 1-by-8-inch pine with a circular saw. Cut the pieces 7 1/4 inch long. These are the small bases for the top and bottom of the plant stand.

  3. 3

    Cut two larger base pieces from 1-by-10-inch pine using a circular saw. Make these pieces 9 1/14 inches long. These pieces will fit over the small bases at the top and bottom of the stand. Set all of the cut pieces aside for later use.


  1. 1

    Place one of the long side pieces on a flat working space. Arrange the board so that it is lying on its wide face. Position a second long side board on its narrow side on top of the first board. Adjust the second board so that it is in line with the edge of the first. The board should form a right angle. Glue the two boards together with wood glue, then flip the structure over. Use wood screws to attach the first board to the second board.

  2. 2

    Repeat Step 1 with the remaining two long side boards. Place the two side assemblies to form a square with the ends of the boards. Adjust the boards until the ends of the boards are perfectly in line with each other. Glue, then screw the pieces together In the same manner as before. This structure should resemble a square pillar.

  3. 3

    Place one of the large base pieces flat out on a working space. Place one of the smaller base pieces flat out on top of the large base. Adjust the small piece until it is in the centre of the large piece. Glue the two pieces together, and then screw them together with a small wood screw in each corner. Repeat with the other small and large base pieces to construct a top for the stand.

  4. 4

    Place the four-sided assembly on a flat surface vertically. Set one of the base assemblies on top of the sides. Arrange the base boards, so the small piece is in the centre on top of the sides and the larger base is on top. Screw the base in place. Flip the structure over. Repeat the process to install the base for the plant.

  5. 5

    Fill any cracks in the wood and screw holes with wood filler. Paint the entire plant stand with outdoor paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Place the stand upright on a flat surface. Put a potted plant in the centre of the top base.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a second plant stand and position them on either side of a doorway.
  • Embellish the stand by painting designs made with stencils.
  • Wear safety protection when operating a circular saw.

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