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How to Build Wooden Plant Stands

A plant stand can be constructed using various designs from the pedestal design with one leg, or a wooden plant stand that resembles a small table. Wooden plant stands can even be constructed as tiered or stacked shelves to include more than one surface to sit plants. Build a wooden plant stand to use indoors or outdoors to display your small potted plants.

Cut plywood or wooden blocks into the shape and size you want for the shelf surface of the plant stand. To cut circular or curved shapes, you will need a rotary saw, while straight edges and surface with corners can be cut with a miter saw.

Decide on the number of legs to place on the plant stand. If you want to use only one leg, cut another block to attach to the bottom of the leg. The second, preferably larger block will distribute the weight of the stand and the plant to prevent toppling.

Cut the wooden posts, either square, circular, carved or even made from landscape timbers, into the lengths you need. You may make your stand anywhere from 1 foot high to the full height of the wooden post. Cut all posts or legs to the same length, unless making more than one plant stand, or a many-tiered stand.

Attach the blocks, after cut into desired shaped, onto the legs. Start with the smaller top block and nail or screw the block onto the leg or legs. Turn the stand onto its top and then attach the bottom piece if only one or two legs are used.

Sand all surfaces of the wooden plant stand to remove rough spots, sharp edges and splinters. You can completely remove the appearance of plywood by sanding and then painting.

Treat the stand with water sealant before painting or staining; this will protect the stand from water damage, should you choose to use the stand indoors or outdoors. Allow the water sealant to dry overnight or according to package directions and then apply paint or stain and allow drying overnight again or according to package directions.


Sit a lid or water-catching container under potted plants to prevent water from spilling out directly onto the wooden plant stand.

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