As a recent Meme states, plants are the new pets and deserve more than a space on the floor. If you’re a creative person, CONGRATULATIONS! Here’s your chance to make beautiful plant stands and give your “pet” potted plants a chance to shine!
Today, I have put together a list of DIY plant stand plans. These step-by-step tutorials allow you to turn your indoor and outdoor spaces into a green art gallery. And they’re absolutely free!
From timeless classics to avant-garde, this list has it all. So roll up your sleeves, pull out your tools, and take your planters off the floor! It’s time to create handmade plant stands that combine form and function.
Table of Contents
- 1 Benefits of Plant Stands
- 2 How Do You Make a Simple Plant Stand?
- 2.1 Craft Supplies to Make a Simple Plant Stand –
- 2.2 Instructions to Make a Simple Plant Stand –
- 2.3 Tips for Making A DIY Plant Stand
- 2.4 What Is the Best Material for a Plant Stand?
- 2.5 What Do You Put on the Bottom of a Plant Stand?
- 2.6 More Diy Tutorials
- 3 25 Free DIY Plant Stand Plans & Tutorials
- 3.1 1. Wooden Plant Stand
- 3.2 2. Tall Plant Stand
- 3.3 3. Metal Plant Stand
- 3.4 4. Metal Outdoor Plant Stand
- 3.5 5. Outdoor Plant Stand
- 3.6 6. Corner Plant Stand
- 3.7 7. Indoor Plant Stand
- 3.8 8. Tiered Plant Stand
- 3.9 9. Hanging Plant Stand
- 3.10 10. Rolling Plant Stand
- 3.11 11. Tabletop Plant Stand
- 3.12 12. Boho Plant Stand
- 3.13 13. Multi-Tiered Plant Stand
- 3.14 14. A-Frame Plant Stand
- 3.15 15. Resin Plant Stand
- 3.16 16. Concrete Plant Stand
- 3.17 17. Plant Stand for Hanging Flowers
- 3.18 18. Floating Plant Stand
- 3.19 19. Stacked Books Plant Stand
- 3.20 20. Gabion Plant Stand
- 3.21 21. Vertical Plant Stand
- 3.22 22. Tree Stump Plant Stand Table
- 3.23 23. Bird Shed and Plant Stand
- 3.24 24. Angled Plant Stand
- 3.25 25. Planter and Magazine Stand
- 4 DIY Plant Stand Plans: FAQs
- 5 DIY A Plant Stand – And Let the Foliage Flourish in Your Style!
Benefits of Plant Stands
Plant stands can elevate your gardening game to new heights – quite literally. They enhance your indoor and outdoor aesthetics and living quality. And they can certainly boost your reputation as a plant parent with a green thumb.
Here’s how having plant stands can benefit you:
Better Use of Space
Do you have limited space for your little garden? Then, plant stands can let you optimize it.
You can make use of vertical space, especially with tiered, hanging, or wall stands. They free up a lot of room on the floor for you to use in other ways.
Neat and Aesthetic
Pick plant stands of any design, pattern, color, shape, or size to match your decor and setting!
They let you arrange plant pots, flower beds, and succulent planters perfectly, whether you have a royal taste for symmetry or prefer boho-chic chaos!
Easy to Highlight Special Plants
Why let an exotic orchid or unique cactus sit in the sidelines, lost in the crowd?
Such unique plants deserve a special place on a pedestal, if not a tearful applause and standing ovation. Plant stands let your pretty babies take center stage!
Let’s be honest: planting pots on the floor can make it challenging to water the babies, dig up the soil around the roots, or add compost.
But plant stands raise the plants for better access, and you don’t have to constantly bend to finish what may soon feel like a chore.
Reduced Chances of Over-Watering
Plant stands enhance the drainage system of planters or pots.
They allow water to flow freely instead of collecting at the base or stagnating near the roots or stem. Plus, you’ll easily notice when water flows out, indicating it’s time to stop!
Better Access to Light and Shade
Plant stands are portable, especially the small ones or those with wheels. So you can move your plant arrangement.
They let you move indoor plants closer to the window or easily shift your outdoor greens away from the rain or snow to the porch!
Great Air Circulation
You may know that your plants need to breathe. But did you know that their roots need air too?
Now, the structure of plant stands allows better air circulation around and under planters. This can also prevent mold or decay of the roots and plant base.
Protection from Animals
If plants are the new pets, fur babies are the new kids. And we’ve all had plants knocked down by dogs or their leaves and branches chewed by cats.
But a tall plant stand can easily elevate the plants from the reach of your four-legged kids.
Floor Protection and Cleanliness
How often have you noticed mud stains and dark water stains on the floor when you lift a plant pot? Planters can even cause grass discoloration.
But, thanks to plant stands, you can now keep the floor space and the area around plants squeaky clean.
How Do You Make a Simple Plant Stand?
Making a plant stand can be super fun and easy, even if you’re new to DIY crafting. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.
Craft Supplies to Make a Simple Plant Stand –
To get started, gather the following supplies to fit a medium planter of 10” –
- 2x2x8 wood
- 15” wide clamps
- 1/4” dowel pins
- Compound miter saw
- Dowel bit
Instructions to Make a Simple Plant Stand –
Now that you have everything you need, follow the steps below to create a plant stand –
- Start by sanding down the wooden piece to remove rough edges or snags.
- Next, use a measuring tape and a miter saw to cut the piece into the following:
- 18” pieces x 4
- 11” pieces x 2
- After that, take one 11″ piece and mark its center roughly at 5.5″.
- Then, take the other 11” piece and line up its other section on the first piece so that the “middle” mark on the first piece is roughly in the center of the other.
- Now, mark the position of the second piece on the first one for the notch you need to cut out of the piece.
- Follow steps 3-5 to mark the notch on the second 11” piece.
- After that, use your jigsaw and cut out the notches halfway down the width of both the pieces in the center.
- Now, mark a cross on one of the 2×2 sections of both these pieces by drawing lines joining the diagonally opposite corners.
- The intersection of the lines is the center where the legs will be attached. Drill holes at these two points on each 11” piece to make space for dowels.
- After that, take the legs and measure 6.5” down. Mark it in the center of the board where the dowels will connect with the cross and drill holes.
- You can give the pieces a sand down to remove any roughness caused during cutting or drilling. It’s also a good idea to stain the pieces at this point.
- Take two leg pieces and place the dowel pins in the holes. Use glue to keep the dowels securely in place.
- Take one 11” piece and attach the leg pieces to its two ends to form an H. Keep in mind that the notch should face up.
- For the same step with the other two legs and the 11” piece – but this time, the notch should face down.
- Use clamps to hold the two H frames in place and ensure they’re straight.
- Unclamp the H frames once the glue is dry. Put some glue in the center of the notches on both structures.
- Now, assemble the two frames so that the two 11” pieces can interlock in the middle sections and form a cross as the base of the plant stand. Let it dry.
Your plant stand is ready! To help you understand the steps better, here’s a video:
Tips for Making A DIY Plant Stand
Here are a couple of tips to ensure that your DIY plant stand is strong, stable, and long-lasting –
Flat landscaping stones stacked on the ground support and balance a plant stand. Or, you can wire the planter to a railing and anchor the stand to a wall with brackets.
But ideally, you should target the planter and fill it with heavy objects.
Clean the plant stand regularly, especially every fall and spring. Use soap, water, and a stiff brush to remove grime.
And disinfect it with bleach, rubbing alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. This will make it look great and prevent plant infections.
Give a plant stand a preservative layer to protect it from weather elements. For metal stands, use waterproof foam and oil-based paint.
And acypetacs, linseed oil, boron salt paint, etc., with a sealant and insect repellent, can preserve wooden plant stands.
What Is the Best Material for a Plant Stand?
Wood and metal are the most popular materials for plant stands. Cedar, cypress, oak, and pine are naturally rot-resistant wood choices.
And wrought iron and powder-coated metal are great if you want a metal stand for your outdoor garden.
Other materials include resin, concrete, stones, and more. These can suit your indoor space, as well.
For indoor plant stands you can also try wicker and bamboo. And if you want a wall-hanging plant stand, incorporate ropes, wires, leather, etc.
What Do You Put on the Bottom of a Plant Stand?
You can stack flat landscaping stones to give your plant stand an even surface for balance. This will also create a barrier between the ground and the stand, which is particularly helpful if you want to protect its legs from decay or dirt due to the soil.
Stone stacks can work indoors, as well, and protect the floor from mud stains. Besides, they are great for stability. Or you can get a clear tarp and place it between the plant stand and the ground. This will give you an invisible layer.
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25 Free DIY Plant Stand Plans & Tutorials
It’s time to combine your botanical aesthetics and craftsmanship – and create masterpieces! Here are 25 tutorials for DIY plant stands, ranging from simple and rustic to modern and unique! Check them out.
1. Wooden Plant Stand
For a newbie, this plant stand is the ideal starting point. It has a no-frills design and structure and can blend well into any indoor and outdoor setting.
Check out the free instructions to make this plant stand here.
2. Tall Plant Stand
This DIY plant stand is perfect for small spaces. You can stack the plants vertically. It’s also ideal if you want to highlight a specific plant type, like small cacti.
Here is the detailed guide to make this plant stand.
3. Metal Plant Stand
Clean lines, simple shapes, a metallic shine, and the rustic touch of something handmade – using copper pipes and coils! What else would you need to amp up your green space?
Find the steps to make this plant stand for free here.
4. Metal Outdoor Plant Stand
Would you believe you can make a decorative item – using galvanized pipes? Well, believe it because you can! This plant stand adds industrial design aesthetics to your yard or balcony.
Take a look at the steps to make this unique plant stand here.
5. Outdoor Plant Stand
Transform your yard, roof, or balcony into an organized and compact garden with this plant stand. It can accommodate planter boxes, pots, and hanging baskets.
Here is the free guideline to make this wonderful plant stand.
6. Corner Plant Stand
Make the best use of an abandoned corner of your house, porch, roof, balcony, etc., with this plant stand. It can sit cozily in any corner – and fit multiple plant pots!
Check out the detailed steps to make this plant stand for free here.
7. Indoor Plant Stand
This chic plant stand is perfect for indoor plants. Firstly, its height gives your plants better access to light and air from the window. Plus, it can fit into any corner.
Here are the details on how to make this plant stand.
8. Tiered Plant Stand
A plant stand that’s quick and easy to make, this one is perfect for small potted plants, especially with flowers. It can sit on the porch or even on a large plant stand.
Take a look at the guide to make this DIY plant stand here.
9. Hanging Plant Stand
This rustic frame with a bar at the top is an excellent design if you like hanging planters but don’t have a good place to hang one. You will love its rustic charm!
Here are the steps to make this plant stand.
10. Rolling Plant Stand
Is your large planter a regular pain in the back when you try to move it? Or do you experience unpredictable weather often? This wheeled plant stand is so easy to move!
Here is how you can make this plant stand.
11. Tabletop Plant Stand
Put your old embroidery thread to good use – with this adorable throne for your table plant pots! These are just perfect for your work desk, coffee table, or nightstand.
Check out how to make this stand here.
12. Boho Plant Stand
There’s something unconventional and artistic about air plants! And this copper plant stand, with the freedom to choose any shape, can do justice to such a boho display.
Here is how you can make one.
13. Multi-Tiered Plant Stand
This plant stand has an old-school touch, and you can put it together quickly. Don’t limit yourself to plants only! Add other decorative items to bring the space alive.
Take a look here to find out how to make it.
14. A-Frame Plant Stand
Display a collection of small plant pots in a special arrangement with this A-frame plant stand. Light colors can enhance its lines and give a contemporary effect.
Check out the free instructions to make this plant stand here.
15. Resin Plant Stand
DIY resin crafts are in right now. So why not take the craft beyond coasters and night lamps and create this plant stand to handle rain? It’s a beginner-friendly project, too!
Take a look here to find the step-by-step guide.
16. Concrete Plant Stand
Do you like decor pieces that are a little rough around the edges? Here’s a plant stand with an earthy touch. It makes imperfections look stylish. And it’s dirt cheap!
Take a look here to find the step-by-step guide.
17. Plant Stand for Hanging Flowers
If you have large hanging flower plants, you know how difficult they are to “hang” from floating planters. But this plant stand can support them as they sit pretty.
Here are the steps to make this simple plant stand.
18. Floating Plant Stand
Do you love vines reaching down from the ceiling? Then this floating shelf is ideal for your room, windows, or porch. Tip: Try a wood slice as the base for a natural look.
Take a look at how to make this piece here.
19. Stacked Books Plant Stand
If you’re a nerd, make sure to flaunt it – with this unique plant stand. Use old diaries or notebooks to make the perfect new addition to your reading corner or study table.
Here is how you can make this fun project.
20. Gabion Plant Stand
Rustic and simple can’t go out of style, especially when it’s something as natural as gardening. So here’s a plant stand made with fieldstones and a tomato cage.
Check out the instructions to make this plant stand here.
21. Vertical Plant Stand
Here’s an idea to solve two problems: limited floor space and not wanting to drill holes in walls. This plant stand helps you create your own vertical space for plants.
Take a look at how to make this plant holder here.
22. Tree Stump Plant Stand Table
Here’s a chance to use your hammer-and-chisel skills. The base of this plant stand is a stump. After removing the real bark, it’s on you to bring back the natural texture.
Here is how to make this table-cum-plant-stand.
23. Bird Shed and Plant Stand
If you’re a bird lover, you’ll love this project. This plant stand can be an excellent atrium for plants – and birds. Add a grain bowl for them to have a snack in the shade.
Check out the steps to make this bird shed and plant stand here.
24. Angled Plant Stand
Check out this delicate and ornamental plant stand that almost resembles a classic candle stand! It’s a pretty piece that can easily spruce up a center table or mantel.
Here is how you can make this plant stand.
25. Planter and Magazine Stand
A modern piece with a minimalistic aesthetic, this plant stand combines beauty and utility. A simple plant placed beside books and magazines – what a neat idea!
Here are the steps to make this plant holder.
DIY Plant Stand Plans: FAQs
Are plant stands necessary?
Plant stands may not always be necessary, but they are definitely recommended. They can improve the aesthetics of your indoor and outdoor garden, helping keep your plants in a well-arranged fashion. You can use them if you have a shortage of space.
How do I keep my plant stand from falling over?
You can keep your plant stand from falling by placing it on an even surface. This can be the floor of your indoor living space – or just a stack of flat stones. You can also secure the plant stand to a nearby wall or railings for balance and protection against winds.
Are plant stands good for plants?
Yes, plant stands are great for plants as they give your greens access to light and shade due to their height and portability. Plus, by elevating plants from the floor, they ensure better air circulation and prevent over-watering while protecting them from animals.
How do you maximize space for plants?
To combat a space crunch, you can place plant pots with other showpieces on shelves, tables, mantels, window sills, and more. A plant stand is a great way to utilize unused areas like walls, corners, vertical spaces, ceilings, doors and windows, etc.
What can I use a plant stand for besides plants?
Depending on the design of a plant stand, you can use it for various purposes besides holding planters. It can serve as a nightstand, coffee table, decor piece holder, magazine shelf, candle stand, umbrella basket, or anything else you fancy!
What can I use instead of a plant stand?
There are many innovative ways to display your plants in a stylish and organized manner besides using a plant stand. You can make a hanging planter curtain using the art of macrame or hang a floating planter from the curtain rod. The world is your oyster!
DIY A Plant Stand – And Let the Foliage Flourish in Your Style!
Plant stands are easily available at popular stores from Amazon to Ikea. But they can be expensive and have generic designs. Instead, gather your craft supplies and make your own planter shelf. It will be easier on the pockets – and reflect your taste!