DIY Crate to Rolling Plant Stand Tutorial

During the winter I haul my Meyer Lemon tree from the dining room to the kitchen sink to water it. This is getting to be quite an effort, especially as the plant grows. Watering the tree in the sink allows me to drench the plant weekly, or even bi-weekly during the fall and winter. Over watering, or allowing it to sit in any water, is certain death for this plant. The solution; a rolling plant stand.

DIY Rolling Plant Stand

This DIY Crate turned rolling plant stand tutorial is super easy, and a huge help when moving a heavy plant from one place to another.

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This beautiful citrus tree is growing nicely, but it’s becoming a little too heavy to pick up and carry around, so I thought I could pick up something on wheels to make it easier to move around. This was not an easy task. The couple that I did find were very low to the ground, and I wanted something taller. So I thought I’d make one. With a little help from my husband, we made a super cute rolling plant stand from a crate and casters.



Wooden Crate
Gray Wood Stain
Wood Trim (if needed)


These are the casters I purchased at Home Depot. The threads were a little too long so we had to add a little strip of wood on the inside. The casters I linked to above are a little smaller and they have a side brake which would come in handy. You may also prefer a plated caster which attaches with four screws through the plate for each wheel.


I used Miniwax gray wood stain to give the crate a rustic feel. You could use any stain you like or paint it in your favorite color.


The opening makes a handy dandy storage spot for my watering can. I think I may add another  piece of wood near the top as a shelf for even more storage.


I love the way it looks in the dining room with some of my other stands and plants. This crate turned rolling plant stand turned out to be the perfect solution to my watering issue. One of these days the Meyer lemon tree will be too big for the stand, but I’m sure we’ll have many other plants to take its place. Maybe a baby lime tree.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. This is a great idea and I love the gray finish. Happy Plant stand!! These types of projects are the best because they’re easy and they become a beautiful solution. Great job!!

  2. This is so smart, Patti, and pretty – my favorite project combination! I’ve got to say I’m a bit envious if that gorgeous lemon tree. I managed to kill 2 several years ago and just gave up, Yours is so nice. Any lemons yet?

    • Hi Karen,

      I was able to harvest 11 lemons in the first year. Then I almost killed the tree but brought it back to life this summer. An up-coming post will surely arise soon about this experience. Now that it is full and lush I’m hoping to get it to flower soon and start producing more lemons for me.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  3. Wow, I love that rolling stand and its rusticity! Having it at waist level is a huge plus! And then you have room underneath! What a go Patti!

  4. What a great idea! I need to make one for a few of my heavy plants. Love the watering can!

  5. I love how you turned the crate up and made it into a plant stand with storage. It looks great.

  6. Really nice, I need a few of these for my indoor jungle, and for when I move succulents indoors come frosts. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  7. That gray wood stained crate looks gorgeous amidst your plants. Creative way to add height and storage. 🙂

  8. I never would have thought to do this with a crate. It’s so cute and you did a great job! Thanks for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  9. I love how versatile crates are. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. – Emily

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