Are your house plants missing something? Well why
not jazz them up with a plant pot stand? These are super easy to make and all you'll need is a long
piece of wood, some screws, dowels and glue. Why wouldn't you want to make one when this literally
cost me less than £2.50 to make? Firstly take the plant pot you're going to be making the stand for.
Then measure the diameter of the base of the pot. Next take a long piece of wood. Here I'm using
a piece that's half and inch in width and depth. Firstly we're going to create the base of the
plant stand but cutting out 2 pieces of wood. The length of these pieces needs to be the diameter
of the pot, adding about 1/2cm to the length. Do this by measuring out the wood.
Then use a saw to cut to length. Now we need to cut out 4 more pieces of wood. The
length of these needs to be the pot diameter (plus that 1/2cm) divided by 2.
Minus the depth of
the wood (which was half an inch) divided by 2. Then cut 4 pieces to this length,
again using either a mitre saw or hand saw. Now we need to attach the 2 longer
pieces of wood together in a cross shape. We'll do this by screwing them together. Firstly,
mark the centre point on each piece of wood. Then to ensure the wood doesn't split when
screwing into it, use a drill to make a pilot hole on each of the centre points on the pieces
Then use a countersink on one of the pilot holes. This will ensure your screw head sits
flush on the wood when they're screwed together. Now place the piece of wood that's
been countersinked on top of the other then screw the two together carefully until
they're firmly attached like so. Now we need to use our 4 pieces of shorter wood to make our
cross shape flat and more secure on both sides. On each side of the cross, place on 2 of the
shorter pieces of wood as shown, and on these mark 2 points where you can drill some pilot holes,
where you can attach these pieces to the longer pieces of wood that form the base of the stand.
Again use a countersink on all of the pilot holes to ensure your screw heads sit flat.
ensuring all your pilot holes remain lined up, carefully screw all your pieces of wood
together. Then repeat exactly the same process on the other side of the stand base
using the remaining 2 shorter pieces of wood. Now you should be left with a nice
strong and level base for your pot stand. As we've added various lengths of wood on top
of each other, the chances are the 4 ends of the pot stand won't be completely flat. Simply
sand the ends until they're nice and flush. Now we'll fix in some dowels that'll
attach the stands to the base. On each of the 4 ends of the pot stand base, mark
the centre point on each of the pieces of wood as shown. Then make a note for later of the distance
between the 2 centre points. Next, take your dowels and make a note of their diameter.
the centre points you marked on the pot stand, use a drill to make some pilot holes to the diameter
of the dowels. You may need to use a smaller drill bit to start with to increase the size of the
holes. It's important the depth of your pilot holes are the same as the length of half of one of
the dowels. To make sure you don't drill too far, a useful technique is to make a marker on your
drill bit by sticking on some masking tape. Next we need to push the dowels into the
8 pilot holes we've made on the pot stand. Firstly place some No More Nails or wood glue onto
one of the ends of the dowels then push this end into each of the pilot holes.
Then your pot stand
base should have 8 dowels sticking half way out. Next we need to make our 4 stands that'll attach
to the dowels. Take the original pot we'll be putting on the stand and measure how long you want
the stands to be. In this measurement include how high off the ground you want the pot to be, plus
how much of the stands you want to go up the sides of the pot. Then simply cut 4 more pieces of wood
to this measurement. Now decide where you want the stands you've just cut to attach to the pot stand
base via the dowels. Mark the point where one of the dowels on the stand will sit then take that
measurement from earlier (the distance between the 2 dowels) and mark another point this
distance away from the first point you made. Do this on all 4 stands you've cut and again drill
some pilot holes into the points you've made, again making sure you don't drill
all the way through the wood, going to the depth of just half a dowel.
you've done that on all 4 pieces of wood, the next step is to attach the stands to the pot
stand base. Do this again by using No More Nails or wood glue and applying this to the ends of
the dowels that are sticking out of the pot stand base. Now carefully push each stand onto the
dowels via the holes you've just drilled. Do this for all of the stands and make sure you
wipe away any excess wood glue or No More Nails and then your pot stand should look something
like this. For the acid test, make sure you pot fits the stand. Hurrah – it does! Next, show your
pot stand some love by giving it a sand all over. Depending on how you want your pot stand to
look, why not give it a coat of varnish or paint to finish it off nicely.
Leave the paint or
varnish to dry then your pot stand is ready to be put into place. Find the perfect
position in your room for your plant stand then carefully place your plant pot into
the stand. There you have it, that's how to make this brilliant DIY project which is
perfect to jazz up any room and plant alike..