If you’re like the millions of people who are becoming houseplant obsessed, welcome to the club! From tiny to giant, houseplants are the newest decor item in every home. Yet many of us are running out of spaces to place them.
One way to create space and add height is by using plant stands. In fact, plants look best when they’re placed in a variety of heights.
You can build this custom mini plant stand to fit your favorite pot or add to your collection.
DIY Mini Plant Stand
Step 1: Measure and cut the wood.
Measure the diameter of the pot that you want to make the stand for. For a five-inch diameter pot, as in the example, cut five pieces from the wood dowel at 5-inches and two pieces at 2 3/16-inches. Four of the longer pieces are legs for the stand; the remaining longer piece and two short pieces will form the center of the stand.
Cut sizes vary based on the pot you want to fit. For a seven-inch diameter pot, cut five 7-inch dowel pieces and two pieces at 3 3/16-inches. The length of the leg sections can also be varied depending on how tall you want your stand to be.
Step 2: Measure and drill the holes.
Measure and mark the centers of the 5-inch crosspiece, both ends of the short crosspieces, and the middle of each of the side supports. Drill through the 5-inch center crosspiece and drill one end of each of the shorter pieces 3/4-inch deep. All other drill holes should be 1/2-inch deep. Use a ¼-inch Forstner drill bit and mark off the correct depth with a piece of tape so that you don’t drill too deep. It’s important to keep the holes centered and straight so that your stand won’t be wobbly.
Step 3: Glue center crosspieces.
Place dowel pins in the ¾-inch deep holes of the two shorter pieces, then glue them into the holes on either side of the center of the longer crosspiece. Make sure everything is square and clamp together. Wipe any excess glue with a damp rag before it dries.
Step 4: Glue legs.
Once the base is set, use dowel pins and glue to secure remaining dowel pieces to the ends of the center pieces and clamp on the legs. Once the glue is fully dried, remove the clamps.
Step 5: Paint and seal (optional).
Sand the stand and remove sanding dust with a damp rag. Paint stand with spray paint color of your choice and seal with a spray sealant. Paint and seal the plant pots.