My sister likes to point out that I have hobbies that come and go pretty quickly. That is the Gemini rising in me. I want to know a little bit about everything and once I get a good taste of it I move onto the next. I love to explore and expand my knowledge and this is how I am able to fulfill that need.
Recently, if you can’t tell from my site I have become obsessed with plants. My favorite sites to purchase my plants off of are Bloomscape and Etsy. I find myself sitting there for hours watching videos on YouTube especially from Planterina learning about different types of plants and how to care for them.
One issue that I have been running into recently is that I wanted something to pick my plants up off the ground and add that decorative edge I desire. There are a ton of options online but a lot of the plant stands that I liked were $50 for something that I knew I could make. A few weekends ago I deiced to venture over to Home Depot and gather my supplies to create a midcentury modern plant stand out of wooden dowels. If you wish to do this simple project yourself too here is what you need to know!
Gather all of your materials:
- Wooden Dowels (you can purchase a round or square ones to use to create your stand.)
- Wood Glue
- Paint or Stain
- A Hammer
- Measuring Tape
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Staple Gun (you can use screws, nails, wooden pins etc you just need something to secure the wood together)
- Safety Glasses
*When working with any of these materials you want to be extremely careful. Only do so with adult supervision if you are under 18 and use every safety measure to not harm yourself or others.
The amount of materials that you need is going to differ based on the size of your planter and how many stands you are wishing to make. If you are unsure of what to purchase do all of your measurements beforehand to ensure you have what you need.
The first step you will need to take is to make measurements. You want two pieces of wood that will fit the base of your pot so it you have a 6′ pot you want to cut two pieces of wood that are 6′ each. You also want to measure your four legs. Do this by deciding how high off of the floor you would like your plant to be. I measured some to be 12′ inches, 8’inches and 9’inches. This is your personal preference.
Once you have your measurements it is time to cut your pieces. I tired a few different methods to accomplish this. I found that a hand saw was a little more time consuming so, if you have a table saw or something of the sort you can get cleaner cuts quicker.
Next, you need to cut notches in your base supports. These are the pieces that you measured to match the size of your planter. You want to cut these notches as close to the center of the piece as possible. If you are off like I was that is okay as well. I marked spaces the same width as the dowels then used a saw and flat head screwdriver to chisel out the section.
As you can see in the picture above, you want your notches to fit into one another so you create a flat X for your plant to rest on. Once you have this together it is now time to assemble your stand!
You are first going to attach one of your base pieces and two of your legs. I put a dot of wood glue on each end of my base piece and stapled the legs onto each side.
Before attaching each piece, it is important to make sure you are attaching everything at the same hight so your stand does not wobble. I lined up all of my legs, measured the hight that I wanted my base to be attached at and put an X where the two pieces should meet. This ensured that I was able to have a stable stand.
As you can see in the photos above, you want to make sure that you have one base attached to the legs with the notch facing up and one with the notch facing down. This is so you can attach the two two pieces together like a puzzle Before you have secured the pieces to the puzzle together, I put a dot of glue between each notch and attached with more staples. Personally I found this the easiest way to attach each piece but its all personal preference.
Once all pieces are attached and the glue is dry test out your stand. I placed my ZZ plant into mine to ensure it fit and nothing wobbled. I then sanded down any rough edges and painted the stand. This helped to cover up any imperfections in the wood and hide the sticker that I unfortunately was unable to remove from the wood. If you prefer you can also stain your stand or leave it as a natural finish.
Let the paint dry and enjoy your plant in its new home!