DIY Plant Stand

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Hello, I'm Sarah and I'm a plantaholic! My colleagues won't let it go that I once teared up talking about one of my plants. They're my children.

Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram, I've wanted a little plant stand to display one of my babies for ages, I love the layered up look of a forest of plants of all different textures, but they're just not something I see about that often... either they're online for extortionate prices or they come with the pot, etc... so I figured why not make one.

So, I got myself down to B&Q.

What you will need

Measurements based on a 20cm diameter pot

> 4x 35cm lengths of pine strip wood (1.5cm x 2.5cm) 
> 1x 19cm length of pine strip wood (1.5cm x 2.5cm) 
> 2x 8.75cm lengths of pine strip wood (1.5cm x 2.5cm) 
> 6x 6mm wood dowel
> Saw
> Hammer
> Sand paper, both course and smooth
> Hand drill with 6mm drill bit
> Wood glue
> Varnish or paint of your choice (here I used medium oak satin finish
> Paintbrush 

With bits like varnish and sandpaper etc already in the cupboard, the materials costs me less than £10!

So I've based this entirely on my pot, this is of course totally customisable to the size/height/diameter of your pot, so scale up or down accordingly. I worked out how high off the floor I wanted the pot, I decided on 19cm, I then worked out where I wanted the top of the leg to come on my pot, this is how I got to the length of 35cm for the legs.

The diameter of the pot where I wanted the top of the legs was smaller than the top, so I scaled down the centre cross to accommodate, I didn't want it gaping at the top. So the centre cross was 19cm, making the pieces either side 8.75cm (the width of the wood is 1.5cm).

Once you've worked out your measurements you simply need to saw your pieces of wood to these lengths. Now, mark in pencil 19cm up from the bottom of each of the legs, and drill in the centre of each piece. Not the whole way through of course, just enough to allow half a dowel. This is where we'll join them together with the cross piece.

Get your centre cross piece and drill all the way through the middle, we'll pop a dowel half way in each side. Now drill a hole in the middle of each end of this piece, this is where it'll join to the legs. Then drill in the middle of each end of the shorter pieces.

Next you want to give the legs a sand, just to round off the corners. Make sure you're measuring them up against each other as you go and don't go too crazy, you don't want to end up making your stand lop sided.

Once you've drilled all your holes and sanded all your edges you want to grab your wood glue. This isn't a completely essential step, it just adds a bit of extra security to stop your stand falling apart.

Start with your cross piece. Squirt a little glue around the hole in the middle of your longer centre piece, and a little on the ends of two dowels and stick them into the hole. Let this to dry for just a moment, then squirt some glue into a hole in one end of your two shorter pieces. Join these to the larger pieces on the sticking out dowels on either side then leave to dry.

Once these are all dry put some glue into each end of your cross, then glue the dowels into each of the legs. Again wait for these to dry then add a little glue to the dowels join to each end of the cross. Stand it up, take a step back, make sure each one is even before you leave the whole thing to dry.

You could just leave it there, if you have some fancy wood or if you like the look of the bare pine. I opted to varnish mine with an oak effect finish as it's more in keeping with other things. But go darker, or even paint it a colour if you fancy - totally up to you.

Voila, you're done! Easy as that, just pop your plant on and position.

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