West Elm Inspired Wooden Plant Stands

Inside: Easy DIY wooden plant stands tutorial to get a mid century modern look on a budget.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a knock off project so when my friend Aniko invited me to get together with a small group of really talented ladies to do a West Elm knock off summer series I was really excited!

This month we each picked something from West Elm’s outdoor section to inspire some amazing outdoor decor. So I’m sharing my West Elm Inspired Wooden Plant Stands here, and at the bottom of this post you’ll find links to 4 more amazing West Elm knock off projects for your outdoor space!  Sound good?

West Elm Inspired DIY Wooden Plant Stands

I’ve had these wooden plant stands in the back of my mind for awhile so when I was browsing the outdoor decor on West Elm’s site and saw their outdoor plant stands, I thought I’d go ahead and use the ones I love as inspiration and just use them outside. #rulebreaker
West Elm inspired wooden plant stand

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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 materials list and I really wanted this project to be one that almost anyone can do.

So I simplified the plans for my wooden plant stands 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!

Materials and Tools:

Did you know that you can order everything you need for this project online at HomeDepot.com (following the links below) and pick it up in the store within hours? No more walking around getting irritated!

How to Build Wooden Plant Stands

Cutting the wood for your plant stands

You will cut 4 legs and 1 platform (the platform will consist of 3 pieces.)

I cut my legs the same height as the pot that the stand would hold and the width of the platform was the same as the widest part of my pot.

Cut your legs from the 3/4 x 3/4 square hardwood and set aside.

Make an “x” with your 1x2s as the platform for your plant stands.

For each plant stand, cut one 1×2 the length of the widest portion of your pot. For example, my small pot was 10 inches wide at the top (the widest part) so the length of my first 1×2 is 10 inches.

For the second piece of your “x”, cut another 1×2 the same length minus the width of your 1×2. (Don’t assume that it is actually one inch. Use a piece of the wood to get an exact measurement.)

Then cut your second piece in half.

These 3 pieces will create the “x” for the base or platform of your plant stand.

DIY wooden plant stands

Drill holes to assemble your plant stand

On the long piece, find your center and drill 2 holes all the way through along the center line for your dowels. Because you are dealing with a thin piece of wood it is best to start with a small drill bit and work your way up to the size you need so you don’t split your wood.

how to make a wooden plant stand

Hold each smaller “x” piece up to your already drilled holes and use a pen to mark your holes. (If your pen doesn’t fit take it apart so that you just have the ink tube and use it.)

Drill holes into one end of each short “x” piece deep enough for your dowel to go 1/2 way in. (Again, it is best to start with a small hole and work your way up to the size you need with your drill bits so you don’t split the wood.)

Once you have your holes drilled and your dowels in place, dry fit your “x” but do not glue yet.

DIY mid century plant stand

The placement of the platform of your plant stand(the x you just made) on the legs will depend on the size and shape of your pot. At this point you will want to 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 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.

DIY plant stand tutorial

Now it’s time to drill the pocket holes.

To drill our pocket holes, we used the Kreg jig pocket hole system. This was our first time using this tool and we could not believe how easy it was to use and how sturdy it made our project.

You will adjust the kreg jig to the width of the piece you are drilling into and then use the appropriate size kreg screws to attach the pieces together.

We drilled a pocket hole into the bottom side of each of the 4 points on our platform.

Then we attached each point to a leg piece according to the mark we made.

how to build simple wooden plant stands

Once you’re done, it’s time to assemble!

Assembling your wooden plant stands

Using wood glue on your dowels, assemble your plant stand.

wooden plant stand diy

Clamp your stand together and let it set overnight.

Then you can add a coat of your favorite wood stain (this is MinWax in Dark Walnut) and a finishing coat to make your plant stands weather resistant.mid century inspired wooden plant stands

Now all you need is beautiful plants to add to the pots and you’ve got some really inexpensive wooden plant stands to spruce up your outdoor space!
DIY outdoor plant stands

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!

5 West Elm Knock Offs for your outdoor sapce!






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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

45 thoughts on “West Elm Inspired Wooden Plant Stands

  1. Barb D. says:

    Great idea but your directions aren’t accompanied by photos and become quite convoluted when you actually try to follow them.

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Barb, the directions do have photos. I’m happy to help with any questions you have; please email me at [email protected]

  2. Jade says:

    What is the size of the screws that you used?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Jade, I used the appropriate screw size depending on the thickness of the wood. The kreg comes with a chart that will show you how to choose the correct screw length. You can also find the chart online. Best wishes for a fantastic project!

  3. Courtney says:

    What size planter do these hold?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      My planter is 14″, Courtney, but you can build it to fit any size planter you want. Just adjust the measurements accordingly.

  4. Morgan M. says:

    Love this tutorial! I think I’ll give this a try for this year’s Christmas gifts. Can you give me some sort of idea on how much the materials cost? I know the pots will vary in price, but what about the wood?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Morgan! You should be able to make 2 of these for about 10 dollars (not including tools). I’d love to see a pic when you’re done – just email it to [email protected] 🙂

  5. Tony says:

    Great instructions! Question, couldn’t one just pocket hole the x piece too and not bother with the dowels?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Yes, I see no reason why that wouldn’t work, too, Tony. Thanks for suggesting it!

  6. Caroline says:

    Love this! May I ask where you got the flower pots?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hey Caroline! I picked up those pots at HomeGoods. I wish I would have bought a few more cause I love them so much!

  7. Varnalayambabu says:

    Its very beautiful 👍👌…much like💖

  8. Kristina says:

    Hi! I LOVE these stands. I am getting ready to make a few for myself. =) Maybe I missed it, but what size screws are we to use in the kreg jig? Thanks so much for posting this project!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Kristina, I used the appropriate screw size depending on the thickness of the wood. The kreg comes with a chart that will show you how to choose the correct screw length. You can also find the chart online. Best wishes for a fantastic project!

  9. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love these. I’m in the middle if making them now. I have a question about the kreg jig…what width setting exactly did you set the kreg jig too…I bought the exact same pieces of wood you did.


    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Jessica, I used the suggested width setting on the chart that came with the kreg jig. Hope this helps!

  10. Taylor says:

    i think your plant stands look much better than the west elm stands!! Will have to try myself!

  11. Gizelle says:

    Hello! Great project and your tutorial was easy to follow! I made a plant stand based on your method. I used dark walnut stain but it came out so much ER darker than yours. Can you suggest the techinique you used to stain the plant stand?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Hi Gizelle, I just dipped an old rag into the stain and rubbed it on. It is important not to put too much stain on the rag. You can dab it before applying to make sure there isn’t too much stain. You never want it to puddle. Hope this helps!

  12. Melinda says:

    Beautiful stands. Thank you! Where did you get your pots?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Thanks, Melinda! I love those pots, too! I picked them up at Home Goods and wish I’d bought more.

  13. Ivy says:

    Hi! I love these plant stands! I’m going to make them for my first woodworking project! I was wondering what sizes of pots did you use?

  14. Toulinda says:

    I would give just about anything when bloggers would post things that they would be more descriptive and less contractor sounding. We are DIY not captan Kirk with the USS Enterprise.

  15. These are just perfect! Where are your pots from?!

    1. Hey Jess. I picked up those pots at HomeGoods. I wish I would have bought a few more cause I love them so much!

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  17. Courtney says:

    These are great! I’m curious where you got those white planter pots?

    1. I found those at HomeGoods.

  18. Love this, Corey! You’ve got skillz.

  19. Love it my Friend!
    What a FUNtastic project! I am so going to tackle this as I just LOVE those stands! It would fit in my home perfectly:-) Thank you for being part of this really col series!

    1. Thanks Aniko! I’m so happy to be part of a really talented group! I love all of the projects!

  20. Lovely! I am totally pinning this for later! I need to jazz up a couple house plants, around here, and this is perfect!

    1. Thanks Jen! This project had been on my to-do list forever and I’m so glad I moved it to the top of the list!

  21. I LOVE your plant stands, Corey! The stain is beautiful and I love that you used different joinery methods. Excited to be a part of this fun series with you!

    1. Thanks Jen! That was my first time using the kreg jig and I might just be in love with it!

  22. I loved the West Elm version of these plant stands but Corey, I love yours more! You made it look so simple and for $10 each – yes!!! Awesome job! ps. don’t you love that dark walnut stain? It’s my fav!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! And yes! That is my go-to color for stain. Perfect without too much orange!

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