DIY Plant Stand

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1 Hour

I have been working on a bedroom transformation and was in need of something to fill an empty space in the corner. So naturally, I went to my favourite home decor store, HomeSense to have a look to see what I could find.

As i was browsing the isle, I found myself going back numerous times to have another look at the plant pots. The ones that caught my eye the most were the pots that came with the wooden stands. I had myself convinced that this is what my empty corner needed. So I grabbed one to have a better look.

As soon as I grabbed it i noticed how unstable and "cheap" it was made. It was made "cheap" but the price tag still said 79.99. So, thats when I told myself " you are a wood worker, you can make a better one".

So, I decided to not only build a few for myself but share my process with you as well, so you can build some too.


  • 1 - 2x4 or 2 - 2x2
  • wood glue ( I use Akfix D3)
  • 4 lag bolts (you can use ordinary 2.5" wood screws as well)
  • stain ( I used provincial by rustoleum)
  • plant pot ( I got mine from Home sense)
  • painters tape (optional)
  • flat black spray paint (optional)

Tools I used:

Mitre saw

  • table saw (only needed if you are ripping down your lumber)
  • orbital sander
  • drill
  • clamps

Cut List: * these are cuts for a 9"x9" square pot. If you have a different size pot, to determine the cut length for the cross pieces, measure the pot and use the biggest measurement. Also, you can cut the leg height to your preference. Can be made shorter or taller. 

  • If you chose to use 2x4's, you first need to rip them down on your table saw to make 2x2's.
  • cut (4) legs : 2x2"'s at 25" long
  • cut (2) cross pieces : 2X2"'s at 9" long
Lets start building!

  1. Cut 4 legs and 2 cross pieces.
  2. set your saw to 45 degrees. Mark out centre on the bottom of each leg. Position the back of your saw blade on the centre mark and make a cut. This will give the legs a simple detail on the bottom, but still allow them to stand.

3. Mark out centre of your cross pieces. Mine were 9", so centre was 4.5". Then mark out 3/4" on either side of centre and draw a line. In between these lines will be where you need to cut out for your half lap.

4. Set the cut depth on your mitre saw to 3/4". You will need to cut both cross pieces at this depth between the lines you drew. By cutting 3/4" of the way down on both pieces, you will be able to interlock them together to create a half lap.

5.Take the legs, and measure 6" down from the top and 7.5" down from the top. Find centre between the two measurements and pre drill a hole. Then find centre on each end of the half lap cross pieces and drill a hole as well. ( pre drilling will help to ensure that nothing cracks when you screw in your lag bolts)

6. sand all the pieces.

7. Now it is time to assemble the stand.


Make sure when you assemble, you MUST position your half lap pieces in OPPOSITE directions. One MUST be up and one MUST be down. If not, you will not be able to interlock them

8. Put glue on both ends of one half lap piece. line up the half lap cross pieces so it sits in between the markings on 2 legs.

9. Use clamps to hold it all together so its easier to screw in your lag bolts.

10. Now that all the pieces are assembled, interlock the joints and admire your stand. Now it is onto finishing.

Now onto my favourite part! FINISHING

When it comes to finishing, the possibilities are endless. So this is where you get to be creative. I chose to stain mine with Minwax stain, color was provincial. I also decided to give my stands a "dipped" look on the bottom of the legs. After the stain was dry, I used painters tape to tape off the leg bottoms and used flat black by rustoleum. (For some reason I only had black primer at the time, so I just decided to use this)

I also decided to paint the lower portion on my planters flat black as well.

My Finished product

if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, and be sure to follow me on Instagram as well.

can't wait for our next DIY together



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  • Victoria Victoria on Mar 19, 2020

    Did you have to use a jig saw to cut out the cross hatches?

  • Deb Deb on Mar 20, 2020

    Did you use 1x2 or 2x2 lumber? They look square on top,

    not like 1x2’s, but like 2x2’s

  • Esmeralda Franco Esmeralda Franco on Jun 26, 2021

    Hi, thank you very much for your information, really helpful. Question: where did you get the planter pots?

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