Christmas Pointsettia Plant Stand

2 Materials
4 Hours

I wanted poinsettias for Christmas, and boy did I get them with this tiered plant stand DIY! Stencilled in a really cool houndstooth pattern, it makes a beautiful indoor plant stand for multiple plants!

It all starts with this vintage sewing machine base. It was just about to pour rain when Hubs saved it from being tossed in a dumpster.

We put it on its back for disassembly when I saw it.

That little quarter round underbelly piqued my interest! And I knew this upcycle was going to be another two-parter just like another sewing machine table makeover we did! We set aside the top for another time.

After removing the base, Hubs and I sand away the loose rust.

Afer wiping the metal clean, Hubs sprays on a few coats of Tremclad clear to seal and protect.

Now we deal with the under belly. If anyone know the real name for this part, let me know!

We tape off the edges.

I originally intend to plant right into the piece, so I'm using liquid rubber to seal the wood against water damage.

We also wrap the exterior. The inside is quite dusty so we blow out the dust and clean it.

Liquid rubber is perfectly safe to plant in. As you'll see later, I actually change strategies on this. But I still think it's a good idea to protect the inside regardless. Brush on two coats, allowing it to dry in between.


I'm crazy about this  Houndstooth stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils! It will give me just the right amount of vintage character on this old piece!

Working horizontally isn't practical with the shape of the belly, so these clamps help hold the stencil onto the vertical surface. Be sure to tape off anything you don't want to get paint on.

As with all our stencilled pieces, I'm trying something a little different. Atfer giving the wood a light scuff, I'm going for a three-toned effect: black, white and wood. Normally, you'd paint a base coat, then apply the stencil and get a two colour pattern. However, I'm going to stencil twice. As you'll see, by doing this, the houndstooth pattern is slightly offset and you get a cool outline of the original wood showing through that really enhances the pattern!

The first colour I apply is black (I'm using PPG Break-Through paint).

In between coats, let the stencil dry and carefully peel away the tape.

For the second colour, instead of painting with solid white, I’m adding some glaze to it making it semi-transparent. I want some of the colour of the wood to peak through from underneath. 

After letting the black dry, I re-apply the stencil again and swirl on the white with the stencil brush. Notice how the stencil is slightly offset. That effectively leaves an outline of the wood colour all around the houndstooth that I think is stunning! Doesn’t it just pop?

Stencilling Tip

We’re all about showing you how to overcome stencilling challenges (see the link beneath this post for more stencil projects)!

Today’s lesson is our trick for working with curved objects to stencil a vertical surface like this. Cut a piece of wood on a 45 degree angle and wedge it right underneath the belly. That will keep it from rocking and rolling as you stencil! As an alternative, you can also use shims instead.

This sewing table base was never meant to be a planter of course, so we cut a piece of wood to finish the gap you see below on the front. You don't want to see the inside once the project is done!

Although I stencilled it to match, that wasn’t the only thing we had to do to complete our tiered plant stand DIY.

Notice above how the edges around the belly are darker? The end grain of wood always looks darker than the rest. Hubs came up with a way to stain and match it up so it wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb. It now looks like it could have always been there!

Watch the video below to see how that was done.


With the front piece in place, all that's left to do is add a plastic tray and fill it with poinsettias. The tray I'm using is this storage box from Ikea (Trofast). It's meant to hold kid's toys but works perfectly to catch any water runoff after watering the poinsettias. Here I'm showing it in another sewing machine table. We actually didn't use it for that project, but it's perfect for this one!

To achieve the tiered affect, I purchased larger poinsettias for the back row (8″ pots). But I also used a little trick to get them to stand a little taller: add two plastic containers right underneath the pots.

There's more information on how to care for poinsettias on our blog (click on our logo below this post).

You'll find all our social media icons at the top of this post so be sure to follow us! And if you're just getting into stencilling and want to learn how, head to our post (below where you see our logo), for more tips, tricks and a link to more stencilling projects on Birdz of a Feather.

Crochet for a Cure

If you haven’t heard, we’ve just launched a pattern shop, where we’re donating 100% of our proceeds to Alzheimer’s. You’ll find patterns, like our signature Kayla Pillow, Air Planter Pods and Tooth Fairy Pillow (shown above), available to purchase as a donation to our Alzheimer’s fundraiser.

Come  visit us to purchase a pattern; with 100% going to charity, it's a win-win!

Suggested materials:
  • Vintage sewing table   (road side find)
  • Stencil   (Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils (
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