Warm weather encourages lush, hanging plants on porches, decks and patios. However, finding a spot inside the house to overwinter plants once the temperatures cool is a bit challenging. Hanging plants are usually large and cascading, which creates a dilemma if hanging them from hooks inside the home isn't an option. Creative floor stands allow you to set hanging plants on a pedestal, which protects trailing stems from being accidentally crushed on a table or floor.
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Rather than investing in a fancy plant stand for hanging plants, revive an old stepladder to hold one large plant or several smaller ones. Old and wobbly ladders that aren't safe to stand on will still support the weight of plant baskets. Old wooden ladders add primitive style to a rustic interior. Add a coat of barn red paint for pizazz, or leave its worn, natural appearance untouched for a softer look. Stepladder rungs are usually larger than those on extension ladders, but you may consider nailing a wider board to each rang for more support. Be careful not to overdo it. Although stepladders are balanced to support the weight of an average adult, too much weight on one side could cause it to topple over. In narrow areas, turn the ladder sideways to reduce the amount of space it projects into the room.
Turn a large clay pot upside down and attach a matching clay tray on top with hot glue to make a plant stand that is closer to the floor. If you have several hanging baskets to place, try alternating the height of shorter clay pots with tall plant stands for visual interest in the group. Larger pots make better plant stands. The wide pot rim becomes a sturdy base once it is inverted, and the tray helps catch drips from watering. The base of the plant container should be close in size to the top of the inverted pot. If the clay tray has a hole in the centre, place a marble or a daub of wood putty in the hole to prevent drips from leaking.
Small bird baths double as plant stands with built-in protection from leaks. Although some bird baths are rather large and heavy because they are made of concrete, others are smaller and made from lighter materials like plastic resin. Place the bird bath near a sunny window with a hanging plant sitting on top, and enjoy tending your garden inside.
Stool Plant Stand
Transform a cushioned, round stool into a plant stand as quickly as removing the seat and freshening with a coat of paint. Many round stools have removable seats, especially decorative wire vanity stools from the 1950s and 1960s. Place the pot into the seat opening after removing the seat cushion for an unusual, artistic plant stand. Other chairs make sturdy plant stands such as ladder-back chairs with flat wooden seats and backless bar stools. Always protect wood with a plate or newspaper in case of leaks.
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