Plant Stands: Elevate Your Greenery with Mid-Century Style

If you’ve recently found yourself smitten with a growing collection of plants, you may be on the hunt for the perfect planters to showcase your leafy companions. Look no further than the elegant charm of mid-century modern plant stands. These wooden wonders not only add sophistication to your space but also enhance your plant cred. Join me on a journey to DIY your very own mid-century plant stand that will have your friends green with envy.

Mid century plant stand DIY tutorial.

Now, while my home may not be decked out entirely in mid-century modern decor, I’m all about mixing in vintage pieces to create a modern vintage look. And trust me, these DIY plant stands are the missing touch your space needs. Though you can find ready-made options at West Elm, why pay their exorbitant prices when you can craft your very own at a fraction of the cost?

Crafting Your Mid Century Plant Stand

Gather Your Supplies

To embark on this exciting project, you’ll need a few essential supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 6ft select pine board
  • 2 – ¾” x 36″ square dowels
  • 4 – flat-topped wood plugs (optional)
  • Wood glue
  • 4 screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill or drill press
  • Wood chisel
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush and clean rag for staining
  • Large planter

West Elm inspired mid century modern planter

Important: Prioritize safety and take appropriate precautions. When using power tools and stain, remember to wear eye protection and gloves.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

To kickstart your DIY adventure, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Start by selecting planters with straight sides, as they work best for this project.
  2. Measure the diameter of your planter and add one inch. This measurement will determine the length of your 1 x 2 x 6ft board. Cut two pieces accordingly.
  3. Using a ruler, mark the midpoint of each board and draw a ¾” square on both boards.
  4. Let’s take a moment to discuss the difference between nominal and actual wood sizes. Nominal refers to the common name of the wood (e.g., 1 x 2), while actual size refers to its true measurements (e.g., a 1 x 2 measures as .75″ x 1.5″). It can be confusing, especially when store shelves display nominal measurements. Just remember, when cutting the ¾” square, you’re actually cutting through the 1.5″ side!
  5. Use a jig saw to make straight cuts into the square you want to remove, then utilize a chisel to remove the rest.
  6. Lay the two pieces together, ensuring a snug fit without excessive play and a level top. If necessary, sand lightly to achieve an even alignment.
  7. Halve your square dowels lengthwise to create four legs, each measuring 18″ in length.
  8. Drill a pilot hole through the center of each leg, then place the ledge between two legs.
  9. If desired, install wood plugs by counter-sinking the screws using a drill bit of the same width as the plug. The depth should allow the plug to fit flush. However, counter-sinking is not mandatory for this project.
  10. Apply wood glue between the legs and shelf pieces, then screw them together. Repeat this process to create the second set of legs to complete your plant stand.
  11. While some choose to glue the two halves together, I prefer the option to disassemble the stand for storage purposes.
  12. Firmly insert wood plugs into the screw holes to achieve an even surface. When you apply your stain, these plugs will be virtually invisible.
  13. Lightly sand the plant stand, preparing it for staining.
  14. Select your desired wood stain color—I recommend an English Chestnut tone. Apply the stain using a brush or clean rag, wait for 5-15 minutes, then wipe off the excess.
  15. Admire your handiwork!
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Making a mid century style plant stand

Remember, you can shop conveniently online at Ames Farm Center to find all the necessary supplies for your DIY project. Say goodbye to aimless wandering in search of materials, and have everything ready for pickup at your convenience. Let’s make this process as smooth as possible!

Give Your Space a Thrifty Twist

To add a touch of thriftiness to your project, consider repurposing an old popcorn tin as a planter. Go on a thrift store hunt and rescue a popcorn tin from obscurity. With a coat of gold spray paint, a pot liner, and your favorite split-leaf philodendron—let’s call it Phil—inside, you’ll have a stylish and budget-friendly planter to accompany your new plant stand.

Popcorn tin upcycle project

Now, I won’t go into a detailed tutorial about this particular upcycling project since it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  • Visit a thrift store and find a popcorn tin (trust me, they’re surprisingly common donations).
  • Spray paint the tin in a lovely shade of gold.
  • Add a pot liner to the bottom, then place your beloved Phil inside.

Quick and Easy thrift store makeovers!

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Mid Century Plant Stand DIY

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Always exercise caution when handling tools and materials. We are not responsible for any injuries or damages that may occur from replicating this project.