DIY Plant Propagation Tiered Stand

5 Materials
1 Hour

Love to propagate plants? If you like to take cuttings of your plants and use them to grow new plants, you will love this simple DIY three tiered propagation station made using scrap wood, dowels, and mason jars!

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Gather your supplies

We used scrap 3/4" plywood and cut 3 8" squares. Adjust these to your desired size.

Cut the dowels to your desired finished height, ours was 24" total.

Trace your jar

Trace your jar lid onto the center of each piece of wood. Drill a hole in each corner the size of your dowel - ours were 1/2".

Cut jar hole

Use a drill to start your hole then use a jig saw to cut out the mason jar hole. Repeat for each of the 3 boards.

Stain or paint

Apply stain or paint as desired to boards and dowels. This is Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator which gives wood an aged look.


Push dowels thru the holes to assemble your stand.

Use hammer if needed

It will be very tight if the holes are the same size as the dowels. You can use a hammer to bang them in place. We added a towel to keep from dinging the wood. You could also use a rubber mallet.

Optional - paint jars

I added a frosted paint to the outside of the mason jars for an opaque look.

Add water and cuttings

Add the jars to the holes, add water, and plant cuttings! Enjoy!

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  • Jra14480052 Jra14480052 on Nov 03, 2020

    How do you keep the wood from sliding down the dowels?

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