How To Make DIY Wooden Plant Stands – No Power Tools Needed

Summer is the perfect time to add greenery and freshen up your patio but some of the outdoor wooden plant stands I've had my eye on have an expensive price tag, so I had to come up with a way to make inexpensive plant stands and still get a high end look.

I'll show you how to make an outdoor plant stand with just a few simple tools. I'm telling you, even a total beginner can tackle this simple woodworking project.

And that's not all... At the bottom of this post you'll find links to 4 more amazing West Elm knock off projects for your outdoor space!

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A lot of times when I'm doing a knock off, I get too hung up on the details. Truth is, I'm not a carpenter. There were details on the inspiration plant stands that I wasn't going to be able to get by using a simple tools and materials list and I really wanted this project to be one that almost anyone can do.

So I simplified my plant stand plans and still was able to create some very pretty and simple wooden plant stands that have instantly made my potted plants look beautiful and added a ton of style to my outdoor living space.

They don't have the exact details of the inspiration but at less than $10 a stand compared to over $125 for the original I'll take mine any day!

How To Make A DIY Outdoor Plant Stand

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(This project doesn't require any large power tools. However if you'd prefer to use a miter saw, you definitely can!)

Step-by-Step Tutorial For Wooden Plant Stands

Note: The actual measurements you use will be based on the size of the pot your plant stand will hold and how tall you want your finished plant stand to be.

Step 1: Cut the wood for the plant stand leg pieces

  • Cut 4 pieces of wood for the legs from the ¾ x ¾ square hardwood and set aside. I cut my legs the same height as the pot that the stand would hold.

Step 2: Cut the wood for the plant stand base pieces

The base or platform will be cut from the 1 x 2 pine and consist of 3 pieces of wood that form an X to hold the potted plant up.

  • Piece A: Cut one piece the desired width of your plant stand (the widest part of your pot.)
  • Piece B and C: Cut a second piece the same as piece A minus the thickness of piece A. Then cut that piece in half to get piece B and C.

Step 3: Drill holes for the base piece dowels

  • Mark the exact middle of piece A and drill 2 pilot holes (the size of your wooden dowels) through the piece of wood.
  • Line one end of piece B up with your holes and mark them using a pencil. Then drill holes into your marks deep enough for your dowels to go half way in.
  • Repeat with piece C creating holes on one end.
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Step 4: Drill pocket holes for leg pieces

You're going to create pocket holes on the under side of your base where the legs will attach.

  • To start, with a kreg jig, drill pocket holes on the edge of each short piece of your base (on the opposite end of your dowels) and on one edge of both ends of your long pieces.

Step 5: Assemble the base piece

  • With a small amount of of wood glue place your wooden dowels into your shorter pieces, then again into your long piece on both sides to create an X making sure all pocket holes are on the same side.

Once you've assembled the base piece and drilled pocket holes, your wooden plant stand it will look like this.

Step 6: Determine the height of your plant stand base

The placement (height) of the base/platform of your plant stand (the x you just made) on the legs will depend on the size and shape of your pot.

  • To determine the height, hold your platform with one leg on 2 opposite sides in place and have a buddy hold your pot in place so you can see where you want the top part of each leg piece to touch your pot. As you raise and lower the platform you will see that the point of contact between the top of the legs and the pot changes.
  • Once you like the look, mark the bottom edge of the platform on one leg.
  • Then line all of the legs up and mark all of them. (The left portion will be the amount of wood going up the side of my pot, the right portion will be the legs.)

Step 7: Attach the leg pieces

  • Place a small amount of wood glue on the end of one of your platform pieces.
  • Lay one leg flat and line up the end of the base piece with the marks you made making sure the pocket hole is facing the bottom of the leg.
  • Using a kreg screw (pocket hole screw), attach the base to the leg piece and repeat for all legs.
  • Wipe any glue that seeps out with a damp towel. (If you don't the wood won't absorb stain there.)
  • Clamp your plant stand and let it sit overnight.

(optional) Step 7: Stain your outdoor plant stand

You took the time to build a plant stand and if you're going to use your planter stand outside you'll want to make sure they hold up to the elements and add a coat of outdoor wood stain.

To keep the wood nice and give your plant stand a coat of stain or paint. (I used MinWax in Dark Walnut.)

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Now all you need to do is add beautiful plants to add to the pots on your DIY outdoor plant stand!

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More West Elm Knockoff Projects

Now it's time for even more amazing West Elm knock offs from some very talented ladies! Use the links below this image to be taken to all the details of these gorgeous projects!

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