Beautiful DIY ideas for indoor and garden plant stands

Making a beautiful plant display in your home or garden doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can easily add a vintage glamor or modern chic feel by reusing or upcycling old furniture or other household items.

Here we take a look at some great ideas for DIY plant stands for the home and garden, with tips from gardening experts.

Ideas for DIY Outdoor Plant Stands

Shelves and shoe racks

Michael Perry, a horticultural expert from the Mr Plant Geek website, shared: news week that simply changing the height of your displays can help your plants see better.

“Raising your plants will allow you to view them from a more optimal angle, especially on some plants where flowers droop down, such as the houseplant Medinilla

“Outdoors you can enjoy fuchsias much better when tall and trailing plants can reach their full potential.”

A stool with a large hanging green plant, next to a bookshelf with various plants against a white wall.
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You can change heights by using something as simple as an upside-down flower pot, or get a little chic with a multi-shelf unit or repurposed shoe rack.

Perry said, “I like to create a ‘plant theater’ that showcases my favorite plants,” which can be easily changed from time to time. “Of course wooden pallets lend themselves perfectly to these kinds of creations and the possibilities are endless.”

Plants on wall shelves.
Small potted plants placed on wall shelves.
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Elevated standard with pallets

DIY expert Theresa Clement, of the MyFixItUpLife website, suggests upcycling wooden pallets to create a raised plant stand. “After disassembling the pallet, build a box with four legs as supports. Seal the pallets with exterior paint or a few coats of clear exterior sealant,” she said. news week

A raised pallet plant stand with cactus.
A raised pallet plant stand.
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X-shaped stand

Not every plant stand has to be a box or a cylinder, according to Clement. You can also make an X-shaped planter with pieces of wood.

“After building two X shapes for the frame, cut wood to length to span the width and length of the Xs. Seal the wood with a few coats of clear exterior sealant before filling it with plants,” she said.

Hanging Layered Stand

People with a porch can hang rows of plant stands on a rope. “We build these long wooden boxes and then tie them to the porch ceiling with rope,” Clement said.

Various DIY plant stands.
Colorful DIY plant stands for birdhouses (top), X-shaped planters (bottom left) and hanging tiered plant stands.
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Cedar stand

She also recommends making a plant stand out of cedar wood, starting by working with the corners of the wood. “The corners are an easy place to connect all the boards into panels that make up the box,” said Clement.

A flower bed made of wooden pallets.
A flower bed made of wooden pallets.
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Pine Shiplap Stand

Pine shiplap — often used for siding in homes or cabins — also makes an attractive plant stand. “It has a cool texture and the knots are lush and vibrant. Rip off the rounds on the table saw and fasten them together like a small column,” said Clement.

She suggests making three or four stands at different heights. To protect the wood from the elements, seal it with a clear coat or paint it in vibrant colors.

A flower box plant stand on the wall.
A numbered flower box plant stand mounted on a wall.
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folding ladder

You can give a dusty wooden ladder a second life by placing pots on the steps. If the steps of the ladder are not flat or wide enough to hold the plants, use wooden planks to form a ledge over the steps.

Flower pots seen on a wooden ladder.
Several flower pots placed outside on an old wooden ladder.
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wall ladder

You can also hang small pots of plants or flowers on the corners of a ladder, leaning against a wall, with hooks to secure the pots to the ladder.

Flower pots hanging from a wall ladder.
Flower pots hanging from a wall ladder and leaning against the outside of a house.
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A retro bicycle or minimalist modern bicycle can serve as an eye-catching plant stand in your backyard or front yard. Pots with colorful flowers or other plants can be placed in the front basket and on the seat and storage space in the back.

Vintage bicycle with flowers in baskets.
An old bicycle with flowers in the front basket and a large plant in the back seat.
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A vintage-style birdcage can also be a beautiful display for potted plants.

Plants seen in black bird cages.
Plants seen in black bird cages in an office environment.
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An empty vintage lantern or candlestick can serve as an elegant stand for smaller flowering plants.

Flowers spilling from a lantern holder.
Flowers spill out of a vintage lantern.
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Handmade DIY indoor plant stands

Old building materials

If you don’t want the same decor as your neighbors, don’t shop at the same home improvement stores. Instead, “get your shoes dirty and go to an architectural salvage store,” Clement said.

You can find all kinds of objects in these shops, including “richly detailed old building elements,” and they often have workshops where items can be modified or transformed.

“An architectural salvage yard usually has consoles or brackets from old buildings. Pick one you like, mount it to your wall as art, and use it as a functional air plant stand,” she suggested.

A plant stand for on the wall.
A pallet wall planter stand alongside floral wall art.
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You can also make small plant stands from bird houses. Use a spade bit to make a hole in the roof of the birdhouse before lining the interior with waterproof tape and backfilling with pebbles, soil and the plants, Clement said.


The DIY expert also suggested “upgrading an old wooden chair into a planter.” Using an oscillating tool, cut the spindles, legs and back of the chair. Then use screws and glue to reassemble the pieces into a small plant stand.

A DIY chair plant stand.
A DIY chair plant stand.
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rope plant hanger

Make your own hanging plant stand by using a thick rope and tying knots to form a basket that cradles the plant. You can hang these plant stands throughout the house on hangers, hooks and other attachments along the walls or ceiling.

Handmade rope plant stands.
Plants in handmade plant stands made of ropes.
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