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DIY Plant Stand

Build this DIY plant stand to showcase your favorite foliage.

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I’m joining up again this month with a group of fellow DIY bloggers to bring you another At Home DIY challenge – this month is all about 2 hour projects! I put this DIY plant stand together during nap time the other day, so I think that qualifies (not including finishing and drying).

I used all “exterior” supplies for this plant stand – exterior poly, screws, and wood glue – so I could put it on our deck. If you plan to put it inside, use interior supplies instead.

This plant stand is 8 1/2″ wide and works with a 10″ planter pot. Adjust dimensions as necessary to fit different sized planters.

Enjoy the plans!

Tools & Supplies


  • 3 | 2 x 2 @ 8′


  • 4 | 2 x 2 @ 15″ (legs)
  • 8 | 2 x 2 @ 8 1/2″ (supports)
  • 4 | 2 x 2 cut to fit for the Xs (explained below)

Step 1.

Cut the boards to length and drill pocket holes in the ends of the horizontal support pieces

plant stand step 1

I drilled two pocket holes on one end and one on the other. Two pocket holes on one side prevents the board from twisting and the single just attaches the other side. You can drill two pocket holes in both sides for an extra secure joint, but, with smaller builds like this, I do the single on one side to save screws.

Step 2.

Assemble the two outside frames with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

plant stand step 2a
Frame front

Place pocket holes on the back of the frame to best hide them.

plant stand step 2b
Frame back

Step 3.

Measure and cut the Xs for both frames.

Start by marking the center-line of the 2×2:

plant stand step 3

Next, place the 2×2 under the first frame and line the center-line up with the two opposite corners.

plant stand step 4

Mark the angles in the corners with a pencil and use your miter saw to cut it to fit.

plant stand step 5

Repeat the same process for the opposing X.

Place the 2×2 under the frame with the first X in place. Align the center of the 2×2 with the opposite corners and mark the angles at both corners. Mark the center of the X intersection as well.

plant stand step 6

It’s a little difficult to see in the photo since I used a pencil, but there should be four lines to mark your cuts:

plant stand step 7

Cut the Xs to fit. It’s best to err’ on the side of caution when cutting the angles. You can always trim more off, but it’s difficult to fix things if you cut them too short.

plant stand step 8

Step 4.

Attach the full-length X with wood glue and 2″ finish nails.

I drove nails into both sides – two through the legs and two through the horizontal supports.

plant stand step 9
plant stand step 10

Step 5.

Attach the short Xs with wood glue and finish nails.

Drive 2″ finish nails into the short Xs through the legs and horizontal supports.

plant stand step 11

Drive 1 1/4″ finish nails at an angle through the ends of the short Xs into the intersection with the full-length X.

plant stand step 12

Repeat for both frames.

plant stand step 13

Step 6.

Connect both frames together with the other horizontal supports along the bottom of the plant stand (it’s upside down in the photo).

Face the pocket holes toward the outside of the plant stand so you can get the drill in place to drive the screws.

plant stand step 14

Repeat for the top of the plant stand.

plant stand step 15

Once everything is attached, you should have a nice cube:

plant stand step16

Fill the pocket holes with wood filler or wood plugs and let the glue (and/or filler) dry.

Sand and finish as desired. I left my plant stand the natural pine color and simply sealed it with exterior spar urethane.

DIY plant stand

Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the 2-hour DIY ideas:

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Terry Hughes

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Very nice design, and very simple to build. I have made two β€” using cedar, and left them unfinished. Also added a small adjustable shelf in case we get a long narrow pot sometime. Added small rubber feet too to raise the endgrain (on the uprights) above any water. They definitely add to the appearance of the flower pots, as well as raising the pots to a more convenient height for dead-heading etc.


Friday 4th of September 2020

Que bonito el porta macetero, tambiΓ©n me gusta el pino natural cepillado, me gusta como queda con el aceite de linaza o sellarlo con laca a la piroxilina en caso de humedad. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Toni | Girl, Just DIY!

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

What a great project, I love the X design on the front and back. 2x2s are great for making all kinds of stuff.


Friday 19th of July 2019

This would look amazing on my new back porch! Can't wait to make my own very soon. Thanks so much for sharing the detailed tutorial. Have a great weekend.


Monday 22nd of July 2019

Thank you! I'd love to see it if you build one!


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

This looks great and I can't believe that it can be built so quickly. I am pinning this so that I can make one.


Thursday 18th of July 2019

Thanks so much Sherry!

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