Whether you have a green thumb or not so much, plants can really add life to a space.
In my house they are about the only colour you’ll find! But they are truly a feature of my home.
A way to add even more interest is to elevate your plants with plant stands. This can add more character and enable you to get plants the right height to look right in the chosen space.
Unfortunately, no matter where I looked for a large plant stand for these two plants, everywhere was charging over the odds! So this wasn’t looking like a cheap option… until now!
To make the taller plant stand featured above, you can follow the below dimensions, otherwise make it your own!
You will need:
- 4 x 36cm of strip wood
- 2 x 29cm of strip wood
- Dowels x 4
- Wood Glue
- Chisel (or a flat head screw driver)
- Clamps can be helpful
- Paint (optional)
First, cut your wooden lengths to size. The size will depend on what look you’re going for, and what size pot you’re working with.
To find out how long you need your cross section pieces to be, measure the widest part of the pot, and add 2mm for moveability (this is now a word). In this tutorial, this is the 29cm lengths.
The length of the 4 legs, will depend on what style you’re going for and how tall you want your plant stand.
You should end up with pieces looking roughly like this.
Next we need to make the cross-sectional area, which will seem complicated, but I assure you it’s not so bad!
First, we need to mark the halfway point on one of the cross section pieces.
Then you need to measure the width of the wood to know what we’re going to be cutting away. Say it’s 2cm like with my example, you will need to mark 1cm either side of the middle mark.
Then, turn that piece on its side, and do as you did in the previous steps. This time however we will only be marking up to halfway down. Then repeat this on the other side.
Using the saw, cut multiple slits in the marked area, until it looks like this:
Then you will need to use a chisel (or a flathead screwdriver like me, tut tut!), to chip away the cut outs until…
Do the same with the other cross sectional piece. They should then slot together flush like below. If they aren’t flush or don’t fit even with the help of a hammer, then file it down bit by bit. It’s better to do too little than too much! If they do fit, add a bit of wood glue to secure them in place.
Next you will need to mark out how high up you want the pot to sit, then drill holes in all four leg pieces. Do the same with the cross section pieces. Top tip: Make sure you measure how long the dowel is and mark up on the drill with masking tape how deep you need to drill.
Then using wood glue, insert the dowels and piece it together! And voila!
Now you can go ahead and paint it any colour to match your decor. Obviously I went for black!
I love how this DIY project really updates the look of my plants without breaking the bank! For one of these plant stands, it cost less than £10 for the materials, which beats the price of a lot of the plant stands of similar size I’ve seen around! When you have as many plants as me, you can imagine how the costs can rack up!
I also love how these can be personalised to suit you and your home exactly! Whether you go for bright colours, treated wood, dipped in a colour or even stripey ! The possibilities are endless!
If you have a go, make sure you’re following me on Instagram @budgethomeinteriordesign and you share with me using #thisbudgethome, I’d love to see your creations!
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