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23 DIY Plant Stand Ideas To Make Today (With Pictures)

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No two houseplants look the same. So, you want to present them in your home in a way that accentuates their individuality. That goes into how you take care of them, and it goes with your choice in planter and even planter stand.

Planters come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but when you get right down to it they all look largely the same. The planter stand, on the other hand, you can tailor specifically into your own home decor scheme. That includes both inside your home and outside. In fact, if you’re into working with your hands, you can make your own.

We’ve included a range of plans that teach you how to build plant stands that you can make for your home, indoor and out. The materials are either lying around your house or available at affordable prices at your local hardware store. You can either use these as-is, or as a basic template that you follow while letting your imagination run wild.

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The 23 DIY Plant Stand Ideas

1. Ladder Planter from Good Housekeeping

DIY towering ladder
Image Credit: Good Housekeeping
Tools: Old stepladder, Tape measure and pencil, Wooden batten, Handsaw, Bubble level, Electric drill and drill bits, paintbrush

Wood screws, Sandpaper, Exterior wood paint, Clear marine varnish (optional), Vintage wooden crates, galvanized metal tubs, terracotta pots,Thick black plastic liner and scissors, PVA glue or staplegun, Gravel, Multipurpose potting mix

For that ladder you have sitting around unused, reusing it as a ladder stand with a rustic appearance doesn’t require a lot of work. You can also customize it a little bit with just a little work.

The step-by-step instructions start with a list of tools you’ll need and lets you click through a series of pictures that lay out how to make it. You can also deviate off the instructions when you want to make it look like you want it to.

2. Copper Plant Stand from DIY in PDX

DIY copper plant stand
Image Credit: DIY in PDX
Tools: Marker, Ruler or measuring tape, Rag or paper towel
Supplies: 1/2-inch copper pipe – You need 62-inches total, but it doesn’t come in 6 foot lengths, so just buy a 10 feet piece, 8 1/2-inch copper tees, 8 1/2-inch copper tube caps, Glue, Plant pot

Indoor or out, nothing projects a little bit of taste like copper. This stand is a dream for a DIYer who likes a bit of a challenge because it requires that you measure and cut metal. It will also last a long time.

The instructions for this include the materials you’ll need and step-by-step instructions on how to put it together. But, it should be no sweat to customize the measurements to fit your planters.

3. Mid-century Inspired Planter from A Beautiful Mess

DIY mid-century inspired plant stand
Image Credit: A Beautiful Mess
Tools: Power drill, tape measure, pencil
Supplies: 2 10″ or 12″ wooden pre-cut circles at least 1/2″ thick. (Don’t buy ones with beveled edges), 4 3/4″ or 1″ square dowels (used 3/4″ x 36″ long dowels and cut them down to 28″.), white paint + primer, wood stain, 8 1/2″ wide L-brackets

Quick and easy to make, you can crank out these wood planter stands in a hurry. These are perfect if you’ve got a lot of plants you want to display, but want to put them on something that will distract guests from looking at your greenery.

The plan for this one not only comes with detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to make them and a list of tools you’ll need. They also come with a quick and dirty budget that tells you they are as affordable as they are easy to build.

4. Copper and Marble Foxtail N Moss

DIY marble and copper plant stand
Image Credit: Foxtail and Moss
Tools: Drill, level
Supplies: Three 3/4 inch Copper Pipes cut 10 inches long, Three 3/4 inch Copper Tee Fittings, Three 3/4 inch Copper Tube Caps, Six 3/4 inch Copper Tube Straps, Polished Porcelain Floor Tile (12 inches x 12 inches), Plywood (10 inches x 10 inches x 1/4 inch), Wood Glue, Twelve 3/4 inch screws

Perfect to complement an elegant living room set, this marble-and-copper planter stand projects taste. The materials are also durable enough that this one would also work in an outdoor setting.

The instructions are pretty straightforward, not just in materials but also in how to put them together. It’s copper piping, so it might be a little pricier, and if you’re going to use it inside you can also add something to protect your floors from contact with the metal.

5. DIY Corner Plant Stand from Bob Vila

DIY plant stand
Image Credit: bob vila
Tools: Pencil, ruler, handsaw, set square, jigsaw, cordless drill/driver, brush
Supplies: 1×2 lumber or trim (8 feet), 22mm plywood, 60grit and 120grit sandpaper, Cloth, 1½inch metal corner brace (6), spray paint, ½inch screws, wood glue, paint, stain, varnish

Unlike some of our other stands, this one is designed to maximize space by greening out a corner. It’s also customizable in terms of tiers and size, and even in color.

The great news for DIY enthusiasts is that the plans call for using several power tools. They also offer step-by-step instructions for how to put them together. You can also feel free to change up the colors you use to paint them to match your room.

6. Wooden Plant Stand from Elise Blaha

DIY wooden plant stand
Image Credit: Elise Blaha
Tools: N/A
Supplies: Wood, wood stain

Low to the ground and perfect to place next to big floor-to-ceiling windows to add some green towards the floor. These are perfect to create a multi-layered look to your inside places.

You won’t find detailed instructions, but only a vague description of how it was made. This isn’t much of a problem, because it’s so simple to build that all you need are the basics so that you can customize it for your house.

7. DIY Wooden Plant Stand from Live Free Creative

DIY wooden plant stand
Image Credit: Live Free Creative Co
Tools: 1 drill with a drill bit
Supplies: 8 double edge screws, a 1.5″x1.5″ piece of wood cut into the following pieces: (6) cut to 6″ with (3) of those cut at a 45 degree angle 1/4″ from the edge as shown below, (2) cut to 5.25″, (1) cut to 12″

Another wood plant stand, this one is more like the copper stand profiled previously. This one demonstrates that something as simple as bare wood can look sophisticated enough for your inside spaces.

The instructions are detailed and include pictures for optimum ease in construction. With a little imagination, you can also modify the instructions to tailor your stand to your planters.

8. Concrete Plant Stand from Dwelling in Happiness

DIY concrete plant stand
Image Credit: dwelling in Happiness
Tools: Measuring tape, pencil, saw paintbrush, sandpaper
Supplies: 1 bag concrete mix, 1 dowel (ours was 7/8″), 1 bucket (I wanted a smaller plant stand, so we used a 2 gallon bucket), Painters tape , Paint in your choice of color

Built like a stool, and sturdy enough for the outside, this concrete planter stand is great in its simplicity. There is nothing flashy or sophisticated about it. It lets you get creative while making a planter that can fit into whatever you need it to.

The instructions are detailed and come with pictures. As the headline on the website advertises, the price for making this one is affordable enough that you can build it on any budget.

9. Modern Plant Stand Homeyohmy

DIY modern plant stand
Image Credit: Homey Oh My
Tools: Drill
Supplies: Square birch wood sticks, ceramic tile, bass screws, wood stain, Gorilla glue

Perfect for a sparse inside display without a lot of color, these modern planter stands can complement your decor scheme without overpowering it. A modular design with simple colors, these blend into the background while giving your greenery a little elevation.

Follow the instructions and you can get consistent results. On the other hand, with a little creativity, you can customize your measurements to create plant stands just the size that you need.

10. Copper Round Plant Stand from Darling Darlene

DIY copper round plant stand
Image Credit: darling darleen

Tools: Black sharpie, tape measure
Supplies: Copper pipes, Copper Coil, Copper Cutter, 4 x Copper Tee part, E6000 glue, plant pot with plant

If you were looking for a cute mid-century design that’s easy to build, the Copper Round Plant Stand from Darling Darlene is a great option. It only takes about 30 minutes to build, and you’ll have to let it sit overnight to dry, but the result will be a durable plant stand that looks expensive. You’ll need little more than some copper pipe, copper tees, and some glue to complete this project.

11. Easy Outdoor Plant Stand from BitterrootDIY

DIY plant stand
Image Credit: Tylynn M

Tools: Miter saw, drill, brad nailer, Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, Orbital sander, tape measure, clamps, level, speed square, pencil, safety glasses, ear protection
Supplies: Exterior Wood Glue, Exterior Spar Urethane, 2 1/2” Screws – Exterior Grade, 2″ Finish Nails, 1 1/4″ Finish Nails

The easy Outdoor Plant Stand is bought for us by BitterrootDIY, and it’s a little more complicated than some of our other projects. However, it’s well worth the time and effort and will reward you with a durable modern-looking stand that’s ideal for the balcony or porch. It calls for some power tools like the miter saw and brad nail gun, but you can accomplish it with hand tools if you don’t have them.

12. Colorful Stacked Book Plant Stand from A Kailo Chick Life

DIY colorful stacked book plant stand
Image Credit: A Kailo Chic Life

Tools: Foam paint brushes
Supplies: Books (purchased hard cover linen books from the thrift store), Acrylic craft paint, wood glue or other strong adhesive

The Colorful Stacked Book Plant Stand is a unique plant stand brought to us by A Kailo Chick Life. To create this plant stand, you only need a few old books, acrylic paint, and wood glue. It will take you about 30 minutes to complete the project, and you’ll need to let it dry overnight, but the result is an eye-catching indoor plant stand that will look great in any room.

13. Hairpin Copper Leg Plant Stand by SarahShermanSamuel

DIY copper plant stands
Image Credit: sss Edit

Tools: N/A
Supplies: Plant Stands, Spray Paint, Rope

The Hairpin Copper Leg Plant Stand is brought to us by SarahShermanSamuel, and it’s an easy project if you can find the hairpin copper legs. It has an elegant looking base for the plant to rest on that you create yourself from rope. It only takes a few minutes to complete the project, and there are many ways to personalize it for your home.

14. DIY Plant Stand from Shanty 2 Chic

DIY plant stand
Image Credit: Shanty 2 Chic

Tools: Kreg jig, drill
Supplies: 2.5″ pocket hole screws, 2 – 2 x 3 x 8 cedar posts

The DIY Plant Stand is brought to us by Shanty 2 Chic. It requires some woodworking experience and some power tools, but this project can result in something you can show off if you have those things. It’s a durable corner stand that will look excellent indoors or out. It will take a few hours to complete, and you can finish it in several ways.

15. Mid Century Plant Stand by Burkatron

DIY mid century plant stand
Image Credit: burkatron

Tools: Jigsaw, handsaw, chisel
Timber lengths (cut to 50 x14cm), sandpaper, wood dye (optional)

The Mid Century Plant Stand comes from Burkatron. It requires a small amount of woodworking experience and the few tools of the trade, but for the most part, anyone can create this project at home. It only requires two boards and some tricky cuts to have a stable plant stand that can last a lifetime.

16. Trash Can Plant Stand from Homeyohmy

DIY trash can plant stand
Image Credit: Homey Oh My

Tools: Tape, marker
Supplies: Mesh

The Trash Can Plant Stand is brought to us by Homeyohmy. This plan teaches you how to build a plant stand that might just be the easiestst projects you can ask for and only requires an old wire wastebasket, fabric, and glue. You can build it in about 15 minutes and customize it endlessly. It’s durable and will most likely outlast you.

17. DIY Tiered Plant Stand from Woodshop Diaries

DIY Tiered Plant Stand from Woodshop Diaries
Image Credit: Woodshop Diaries
Tools: Miter Saw (or any saw that can cut straight lines), Drill/Driver, measuring tape, clamp
Supplies: Scrap 2x2s, Scrap 2×8 pieces, 2 ½″ wood screws

This neat and orderly tiered plant stand is fairly easy to make with standard woodworking tools, providing three spaces for pots or other plant vessels. The plan notes that heavier pots shouldn’t be placed on the top to prevent the structure from becoming top-heavy or tipping over, so be careful.

If three tiers aren’t enough for you, the plan has that covered too. It details how to branch off the tiers and create a whole network of plants, but the layout design is 100% up to you. If you’d like, you can also customize how far apart the tiers are, their height, and other measurements too.

18. Floating Plant Shelf from Place of My Taste

Floating Plant Shelf from Place of My Taste
Image Credit: Place of My Taste
Tools: Scissors
Supplies: Round wooden plate, yarn

Running out of shelves or space for plants? This floating plant shelf might be just the thing to fix your problem while looking gorgeous. You simply need a round piece of wood and macrame/yarn, and some deft hands.

Ideally, you should place this near a window that gets plenty of natural light, or you can build several of them for empty spots around the house. You can add decorative knots, beads, or other personal touches woven into the design if you wish. The sky’s the limit!

19. Raw Edge Concrete Plant Stand from Lily Ardor

Raw Edge Concrete Plant Stand from Lily Ardor
Image Credit: Lily Ardor
Tools: Miter Saw  (optional or Handsaw), Sander, Smallish Flat head screw driver, Smallish hammer
Supplies: Concrete (quick setting is optional), Dowell  (or long stick), Bucket (for the plant stand top), Bucket  (for mixing), Wood Stain  (of your choice), Tape, Paper, Spray paint

For a more functional, utilitarian plant stand, consider building one of these raw-edged concrete plant stands at home today. It requires minimal materials and even tools if you can get the legs cut to length. If not, even a handsaw can make those simple cuts to get the job done.

Practice makes perfect with this plan because the creator notes that the raw edge effect takes some time to perfect. Expect to spend some time figuring out the best way to make your perfect tabletop, or just leave it plain if you want.

20. Modern A-Frame Plant Stand from Handmade Haven

Tools: Ridgid OCTANE Circular Saw, Brad Nailer, Drill, Impact Drill, Kreg Jig, Right Angle Clamp
Supplies: 5 – 2 x 2 x 8ft, 3 – 1 x 4 x 8ft, 1 – 4ft x 8ft – 3/4″ piece of plywood, 1 – 1 x 2 scrap wood, Golden Hinges, Brad Nails, Wood Glue, 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws, Varathane Golden Oak, Folk Art Chalk Paint – Parisan Grey

You’ll need some carpentry skills and power tools to construct this classic A-frame plant stand, but it’s actually a nice straightforward beginner project. Building the frame is the hardest part, and you could always use some old drawers as your shelves rather than building your own boxes.

The result is roomy enough for several small pots on both tiers, but you could expand the project to more tiers if your skills are up to snuff. Wood stain is recommended but not strictly required if you want to leave it unfinished for a rustic look.

21. DIY Ladder Plant Stand from The Merry Thought

DIY Ladder Plant Stand from The Merry Thought
Image Credit: The Merry Thought
Tools: Tape measure, table saw, belt sander or sand paper, framing square, drill and drill bits, nail gun & compressor
Supplies: 1x8x10 foot pine board, mitre box, 1×2 pine boards – 2, wood glue, polyurethane finish (if desired)

Struggling with plant organization? This ladder-style plant stand is easy to make with cheap wood or even scraps of the right dimensions. You’ll need to make a few simple cuts and do some careful nailing, but the plan is very thorough and walks you through every step with pictures for reference.

At the end of it all, you’ll have a pretty compact three-tiered plant stand that’s perfect for showing off prized plants. At a bare minimum, we recommend sanding the stand to remove splinters, but priming and painting it is certainly a viable option too.

22. Plant Stand Throne by The Lovely Drawer

Plant Stand Throne by The Lovely Drawer
Image Credit: The Lovely Drawer
Tools: Stanley knife, pencil, ruler, scissors
Supplies: Balsa wood strips ( mine were 3mm thick ), Embroidery thread, Plant pots (it helps to choose pots with a lip around the top so that this can rest on the top of the frame & keep it in place), Spray paint in the colours of your choice

Among the more basic plants on our list, these plant stand thrones are a great way to turn balsa wood and twine into charming boho plant homes. You’ll need to do some math to make these fit your pots, and the trickiest part is slicing your grooves for the twine to fit.

Pots with lips at the top are the best candidates for these thrones because they’re easy to put in and take out as needed, but you can make this plan work with nearly any pot as long as you’re careful with your measurements.

23. Copper Round Plant Stand from Darling Darleen

Copper Round Plant Stand from Darling Darleen
Image Credit: Darling Darleen
Tools: Black sharpie, tape measure
Supplies: Copper pipes, Copper Coil, Copper Cutter, 4 x Copper Tee part, E6000 glue, plant pot with plant

Looking for something more ornate to cradle your plants? This copper round plant stand is deceptively easy to make, and it works with nearly any diameter copper pipe you may have on hand.  A really neat thing you can do with this plan is craft multiple stands at varying heights to make a ‘set,’ but it’s really up to you how you end up using the stands to display plants.

Bear in mind that these stands will develop a greenish patina over time, so you might want to seal it with a protective clear coat to preserve the nice copper sheen over time.

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