This project has been on our to-do list forever. You know those projects? The ones that you mean to do but you just keep putting off for one reason or another?
I think I was scared that it would be too hard so I kept procrastinating. But my super handy husband helped me figure out a way to make this DIY midcentury plant stand that’s so easy even a novice woodworker can tackle it.
And now I kind of want to make them for all of our indoor pots. What can I say? I’ve always been into too much of a good thing.
And by the way, this planter is perfect for one of the plants from our list of low-light houseplants!
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And if you’re looking for another type of planter to create, try this DIY rolling plant stand!
How to Make a DIY Midcentury Plant Stand
Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)
Step 1: Cut your dowels to the appropriate length. The 1″ dowel will create the vertical bars, so cut four of them as tall as you would like. The ¾” dowel will create the crossbars underneath your pot. Cut two of these, each ½” longer than the width of your pot.
Step 2: Decide where you would like your pot to sit on the vertical bars. Measure and mark the distance from the end of each bar and drill a ¾” hole on each section of vertical bar. This hole should only be drilled ⅛” into the dowel. Within this shallow hole, drill a ¼” hole another ¼” into the dowel.
Step 3: Use a ¼” drill bit to drill a hole on either end of each crossbar.
Step 4: Measure and mark the center point on both crossbars. Set your table saw to 3/8″ height. Using a table saw to notch out ¾” of wood (⅜” on either side of your center mark).
Step 5: Apply a dab of wood glue to the holes in two vertical bars. Also apply wood glue to the holes on the ends of one crossbar and insert pegs into these holes. Then insert the crossbar into the holes in the two vertical bars, ensuring that the notch in the crossbar is oriented in the right direction.
Step 6: Repeat step 5 with the remaining pieces. Make sure the notch in this crossbar corresponds to the other crossbar so that they will fit together.
Step 7: Place a dab of wood glue into one of the crossbar notches and fit them together.
Step 8: Place a clamp on the notches in the crossbars until the wood glue dries.
After you’ve got your plant stand constructed, pot your plant! We used Miracle-Gro Expand N’ Gro, which we recently used to repot all of our houseplants . You can use it outdoors too but I particularly love it for potting houseplants because it’s so light. You can have it delivered via Amazon (my answer to everything), and it will come straight to your door. Most other soils won’t deliver because they’re too heavy, but Expand n’ Gro is a special lighter formula. You add water, stir, and it expands to 3x its volume. It also holds a nice amount of water in the soil so plants stay hydrated and healthy. Love this stuff!
And our new plant stand is just what I was envisioning. I always feel so accomplished after a woodworking project – at the start they seem intimidating but broken down step by step, they’re totally achievable. Hope you try this one out! xoxo
This post was originally sponsored by Miracle-Gro. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for your support of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!