DIY Midcentury-Style Plant Stand

Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.Hey, it's Mandi! You guys, this project is so easy I almost feel like I shouldn't be calling it a project. It's a pretty simple concept that's not really anything new—attach legs to wood and call it a plant stand! But I think this little guy has plenty of style, fits in well with my midcentury-style ranch, and is the perfect accessory for my indoor plant family.

I only have a couple of larger indoor plants, and they just looked so awkward sitting next to each other. I decided the two pots needed some variety in height, but I didn't want to just set one of them on the ground. I needed a short stand to give one of the pots a little lift, but I didn't like anything I was seeing at the stores. In my best Underdog voice inside my head I thought, "There's no need to fear—the hardware store is near!" After grabbing a few supplies, I got right to work, and before I knew it, my two large houseplants were getting along together just fine.

Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.Supplies I purchased:
-wooden circle: $6.65
-three 4" wooden tapered legs: $3.98 each; $11.98 total
-three mounting plates for legs: $1.68 each; $5.04 total

Total cost plus tax: $25.10

Supplies I had on hand:
-wood stain: around $4 at most stores

-wood sealer: around $4.50 at most stores
-paint brush
-power drill

Total cost including stain & sealer: $33.60

Savings tip: If you have a jigsaw and scrap lumber, you can cut your own circles like I did for this other plant stand project.

(The prices listed are what I paid at my local Lowes store.)Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.Step One: Stain the wooden circle and legs with a paint brush or rag. If you use a paint brush, you will need to clean the brush with paint brush cleaner or mineral spirits. If you use a rag, be sure to soak it afterwards and dispose of it at a hazardous waste disposal site.

Step Two: Seal the wood with a wax or polyurethane of your choice. You may be dripping water onto this stand, so a water-based sealant is probably not your best option here. I used leftover glaze that I had in my supplies stash; otherwise, I would have just used a basic polyurethane spray.Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.Step Three: Attach the leg-mounting plates equidistant around the edge of the wooden circle. Make sure you're attaching these to the rough side of the wood, not the nicer side.

Step Four: Screw the legs into the mounting plates.

Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.Make this little wooden plant stand to add height to your larger houseplants.What'd I tell ya? Easy as pie! In fact, much easier than pie if you ask me. Do you think you'll give it a go?
-Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection

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