This tutorial for a modern plant stand is very easy to put together. It requires just a few supplies and some basic tools to create this DIY beauty.
A good plant stand seems to be hard to find, and the prices are even more unbelievable. After making a rolling plant stand from a crate, I decided to try and make a more modern plant stand with just some wood and brackets. My husband was a big help with this project, but I’m sure you could do it yourself, or maybe get a friend to help with an extra set of hands.
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This project did require a saw and a drill. However, I know that you can ask the people at Lowes and Home Depot to cut wood for you so you really only need a drill. I bought two 1 x 2 in 48-inch lengths and cut them down to 16 3/4 inches for the legs. Another piece of wood for the plant base that was 12 x 12 inches, that I ended up cutting down to 10 x 10 inches to fit the size of the plant pot. I also purchased a set of four 2 1/2 x 5/8 inch brackets and a package of felt pads to put on the bottom of the legs to protect the floor.
For the brackets, you want to make sure that they are all square and screwed in at the same height. This will ensure that your stand will be level. Mark the screw holes with a pencil, and then use a tiny drill bit to make a small pilot hole. Then use the same drill to set the screws. I decided to have 7 inches of the leg piece above the shelf base and 9 inches below. However, you could make them any size you’d like.
Next, start at one edge and hold the leg flush with the side of the base. You may need to bend the brackets out just a little to make sure they’re flush with the base. We used a paint can to set the base on, making the process a little easier to handle. Mark the area for the bracket and make pilot holes just as you did on the leg side.
I used a dark walnut stain which we had in the basement. Next, I need to decide if I’m going to use some poly or wax, or possibly just leave it alone.
I found this trash can in Kmart and knew it would be perfect for my Sansaveria. Of course, it did not have any drainage holes so I made a few with the drill.
Here it is in all its glory. I was so happy because I knew that the Sanseveria, aka Snake Plant or Mother-In-Laws Tongue, would do well in this rather dark family room and we had the perfect spot to fill.
Modern Plant Stand
The total cost for this modern plant stand including the planter came out to less than $25. I’d say that’s pretty good for a couple of hours work.