How to Build an Easy Modern Plant Stand

This DIY plant stand is a simple weekend project that will amp up your entryway's curb appeal. See how to make it yourself.

A gorgeous outdoor plant stand doesn’t have to be complicated. This one, made with weather-resistant medium-density overlay (MDO), takes on a modern design with a simple geometric shape and a no-fuss bucket planter. Follow along with our steps to learn how to build the DIY plant stand.

square and rectangular modern planters on stoop
Carson Downing

How to Build an Easy Modern Plant Stand

This plant stand is just what your front porch needs to stand out from the neighbors. Gather the supplies below to get started.

Supplies Needed

  • 4 x 8-foot medium-density overlay (MDO) board
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • String
  • 17-1/2-inch-diameter bucket
  • Wood screws
  • Jigsaw
  • Exterior-grade wood glue
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Primer and paint
  • Paintbrush

Cut List

  • (4) 22 x 22-inch MDO squares

Step-by-Step Directions

Build a custom stand for your favorite potted plant in just one afternoon. Once you're finished, stain or paint your DIY plant stand any color you want.

Step 1: Make Cuts

Using a circular or table saw, cut the sheet of MDO according to the cut list above. For safety, wear protective goggles and a mask. Sand any rough edges and wipe clean away sawdust with a tack cloth.

carving circle with jigsaw

Step 2: Trace and Cut Circle

Find the center of one square board using a measuring tape. Drill a screw in the center, then attach a string that is half the diameter of your bucket. Tie a pencil to the end of the string and trace a circle.

Cut a hole 3/8-inch smaller than your traced circle using a jigsaw.

Step 3: Form Box

Adhere the squares to each other in a cube formation with exterior-rated wood glue. Next, drive two screws through each side, countersinking the screw heads.

Fill the screw holes with patching compound; let dry. Sand the entire planter.

adding plant to circle cutout in modern planter
Carson Downing

Step 4: Finish Planter

Prime and paint the planter, lightly sanding between coats to minimize brush strokes. Cover the bucket bottom with a layer of rocks for drainage, pot a plant, and drop the bucket in the opening.

Editor's Tip: To build a rectangular version of this planter, repeat the process for the square planter using a 13-gallon bucket, two 17 x 17-inch MDO boards, two 32 x 17-inch MDO boards.

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