How to Make a DIY Plant Stand

All this DIY stuff started several years ago when I saw something I liked but didn't want to spend the money on it and I remember thinking, "I can just make that myself." 

Well, one thing led to another and now I'm constantly thinking, "I can just make that myself." It's actually how I started making my wood art. I saw some pieces I liked but knew that I could just do it myself. 

So when I started seeing plant stands pop up on various sites like West Elm , I thought, "Well, I know I can definitely do that myself."

There is something really gratifying about seeing something you love and making it yourself for way less money. 

All in all, this plant stand cost me about $5 to make since I already had a lot of the stuff. However, if you need to buy all the supplies, not including the saw and drill, it will probably cost you at most, $15. Not bad, huh? 

What you will need: 

(5)  Square dowels (I buy them at The Home Depot then cut them to size. Size is going to depend on your planter pot)
(4-8) Wooden Dowels (Depends again on how heavy your pot is)
Gorilla Wood Glue (or whatever kind you like to use)
Stain and/or (optional)
a drill
a saw

Steps to Making Your Own Plant Stand

I'm going to do my best to explain but this is not my strong suit! 

1. Cut the square dowels to the size (length you'd like). This takes measuring the poles against your pot. You can either have long legs that come up past the lip of the pot or you can use the shorter side and have long standing legs. Up to you! 

2. You'll need to cut two pieces for the cross section base. And then measure the center and cut out a notch in each one so that they fit together flush. I used a saw but I bet there is an easier way of doing this! Then you'll need to use wood glue to secure them together flush. I also reinforced them with nails using my Porter Cable Finisher Nailer

3. On each of the dowels and depending on which end is the bottom, you'll need to drill 1-2 holes big enough for the wooden dowels to fit in and deep enough for them to slide in about half way. 

4. Now this was the tricky part for me. Once the cross section base was dry, you have to drill holes that line up so the dowels slide in and everything is lined up. See picture 4. Use wood glue in each hole for extra support. 

I thought this step was going to be a lot easier then it actually was because I had a hard time getting everything to line up. I actually had to remake the base and start over. But that is how you learn!

5. Once the wood glue drys, you can stain or paint the stand whatever color you'd like. I wanted this stand to have a bit of a distressed look so I first stained it and then used a light coat of white paint once the stain dried. I finished it off by sanding it down to give it the final distressed look. 


1. Make sure you have accurate measurements. I had to cut the legs shorter after they were already put together. That was kind of awkward. 

2. Practice makes perfect. This one is by no means perfect but that is truly how you learn. The next one I make I'd like to have a bit more of a modern look to it or dip die the legs gold.