Make a Stylish Wooden Plant Stand to Elevate Your Indoor Garden

Elevate your houseplant game with this DIY wooden plant stand. This easy project adds function and style to indoor plant decor.

finished wood plant stand
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Give a houseplant a little lift with this midcentury-style wooden plant stand. This simple project can be finished in a weekend and can be stained to match any decor. Use any flat-bottomed pot to sit on the stand base and bring attention to indoor plants.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Measuring tape
  • 1 Hack saw or chop saw
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Clamps
  • 1 Drill with a 1/4-inch bit
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • 1 Towel or rag


  • 5 Square dowel rods
  • 1 Tape
  • 1 Wood glue
  • 1 Package of 1/4-inch wooden fluted dowel pins
  • 1 Stain
  • 1 Planter
  • 1 Plants


  1. Cut Leg Pieces

    Double the height of the planter you will be using in the plant stand. This will be the approximate height of the plant stand legs. To make the legs, use a saw to cut four equal pieces of square dowel to this height.

    Related: How to Use a Hacksaw

  2. Cut Platform Pieces

    Plant Stand Wood Frame

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    Measure the widest part of the planter to determine the width of the plant stand. Cut two dowels to that length. One dowel will remain intact, and you will be taking out the center of the second dowel. Make an X with the two dowels by setting one on top of the other. Make sure the top dowel is centered, then use a pencil to mark where your two cuts will be made. After cutting, you should be left with two equal-sized dowels and an approximately 1x1-inch cube (which you can discard).

  3. Drill Holes For Pins

    Drilling clamped wood

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    Clamp a scrap dowel to the intact platform piece you are drilling into, which will help secure the platform piece. Clamp scrap dowel to table. Mark the center of the length platform piece and drill a 1/4-inch wide hole into the piece. Repeat on the opposite side of the platform piece.

    Measure half of a dowel pin and tape off drill bit to measure how deep to drill. Then drill a hole into both ends of the two smaller platform pieces where they will meet up with the longer platform pieces to form an X. You will drill a hole in the center of the four points of the X where they will connect to the legs later.

  4. Assemble Stand

    Wood stand glue

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    Apply a dab of wood glue to two dowel pins and insert them into either side of the center hole. Attach the other pieces to form your X platform, which will have pins sticking out of each of the four ends.

    After determining the height of where the platform will connect to the legs (this will vary depending on your planter), mark a dot on the legs where your platform will connect. Drill a 3/4-inch deep hole into each of the legs at the determined height. Use wood glue and dowel pins to connect the legs to your X platform.

  5. Dry and Stain

    Let the wood glue dry for a few hours before sanding and staining. After the stain is completely dry, set a potted plant into the stand and place somewhere that fits the lighting needs of the plant.

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