Creative DIY Plant Stands for adding height, dimension, and texture to your home, deck, or patio area. Cultivate your own oasis with comprehensive how-to’s, ingenious upcycles, and tips for creating healthy plant habitats.
Just as there’s a lid for every pot, there’s a perfect plant stand for every plant. When I made our DIY concrete planters into self-watering, I wasn’t sure what to use to support the weight, but I came up with a good solution to use a raised bed with decorative edging, which you can see in my post on how to make any pot a self-watering planter.
Plant stands do more than keep plants off the floor. They add dimension, color, and texture. Grouping greenery at different heights allows better visibility. Create a dedicated space for houseplants that helps them thrive!
DIY Plant Stand Ideas with Everyday Objects
You probably have a few items around your house you didn’t even think about for using as a plant stand! Here are some fast ideas that I have used with links to examples:
- Test Tube Propagation Stand
- Step Stool or small step ladder
- Stacked Books
- Decorative garden stool
- Upcycle a Dresser Drawer
- Upcycled a narrow bedside table
- Add boards to a ladder for an A frame Plant Stand
- Bar Cart
- Wooden Crates
- Tall baskets with a stand in the bottom
- Cake Stand on a tabletop.
- A slice of a large log or stump
- A trash can (upside down)
DIY Project Ideas
I’ve selected 15 of my favorite DIY plant stands for indoor plants as well as outdoor use. Browse for inspiration. There’s a DIY on the list for everyone and every style, no matter your level of expertise.
Repurposing an IKEA Cabinet is a clever way to solve two birds with one stone. A closed cabinet keeps humidity-loving plants happily moist and safely tucked away from curious hands and paws. Complete tutorial including tips on regulating humidity and lighting.
A Classic Mid-century Plant Stand. Easy to recreate this simple slotted design with scrap wood too! Easy to follow instructions for curved and standard leg versions included.
Feeling handy? Make this large modern plant stand with a few sheets of plywood and hairpin legs. Follow by Brittany Goldwyn’s step-by-step instructions to create these chic planters that complement.
Create extra space for a healthy plant addiction by going vertical. Build a DIY tiered Plant stand in the corner using inexpensive lumber with this inspired how-to by Houseful of Homemade. Customize your creation to suit your needs for propagation, growing potted herbs, or winterizing outdoor plants.
West Elm taste on a Walmart budget? House of Hawthornes has a DIY right up your alley! Her recent plant buying splurge inspired this pine dowel Mid-century plant stand. Versatile enough to mix well with vintage or modern decor.
The most challenging part about this Copper Tubing Plant Stand may be keeping the plants alive. Transform leftover copper pipe into modern round plant stands- in about 30 minutes! This project checks all the right boxes: beginner friendly, and it looks luxe without the high price tag.
Nesting adds tiered height to your houseplants for a vignette perfect for any size space. The short stand neatly tucks beneath the tall one when not in use. Houseful of Handmade shares this simple scrap wood build that’s appropriate for beginner woodworkers and experts alike.
If you build it…When Girl, Just DIY! began building this Tall DIY 2×4 Plant Stand for a blog challenge, she had no idea the perfect spot already existed for the final product inside her home. It was simply meant to be! The step-by-step plans include all measurements for creating a custom plant stand out of common construction materials.
Freshen up the front porch decor with an adorable upcycling idea from harlow and thistle. DIY Lampshade Plant Stand and a little spray paint add layers of visual texture to your outdoor space. A super fun, fresh, and frugal how-to.
Fire up the power tools to create this Painted Plant Stand by @fiveintow. Choose your favorite shade of paint for a custom creation. Tuck into your favorite nook for an added splash of happy.
Maximize limited outdoor space by adding a Vertical Plant Stand. When Angela Marie Made desired more privacy and more room for planting flowers, this stylish DIY offered the perfect solution. Follow the no-fail video tutorial to build your own weather resistant vertical plant stand.
Plant moms/dads, (aka anthophiles), are all familiar with the thrill of finding “the one.” When The Handyman’s Daughter came across this Red Tiger Flowering Maple, she knew it had to come home with her. Only a display befitting this beauty would do. This DIY Hairpin Plant Stand is classic, clean, and just quirky enough to provide nuance to the hanging lantern-like blooms.
Like to rotate your houseplants out seasonally to bask in natural light? Skip the crowded front steps and upgrade your outdoor space with an Outdoor DIY wood plant stand for multiple plants. Hearth and Vine demonstrates how to turn cedar lattice into a ladder plant stand in less than two hours’ time. Modifications included for indoor use.
I’m forever a fan of simple projects that allow me to update my decor on a dime. This DIY Dollar Store Plant Stand by simple made pretty is the ultimate five minute craft. Use for touches of boho chic in the bedroom, for styling a tiered tray, or DIY dorm decor- this versatile project is beginner & budget friendly.
Cedar is often considered the best wood for a plant stand due to its natural durability, resistance to decay and insects, and ability to withstand moisture. You can also seal other woods with stain or paint and a polyurethane.
There are several options you can consider for an outdoor plant stand:
1. Metal like wrought iron or aluminum.
2. Cast concrete plant stands from shapes
3. PVC or plastic
4. Decorative ceramic garden stools.
5. Repurpose Outdoor Furniture
Remember to choose materials that are suitable for outdoor use and can withstand the specific climate conditions in your area.
If your plant is leaning towards a single light source, this problem is fixed simply by rotating (if the plant appears otherwise healthy and happy). Other large plants, like monstera or jasmine, may need additional support through dowel stakes.
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