Skinny Planter Stand DIY

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) You can call it a coping mechanism, but the colder it gets in winter, the more plants I add to my house. Adding tropical or desert plants into my space totally tricks my brain into thinking warm and happy thoughts. So I’ve been looking for any excuse to add more. We are getting pretty close to completing our front sitting room, but I had an area of open wall space that was too narrow to add furniture but really needed a little something-something. Since plants are making me so happy right now, I thought a tall narrow planter would be just the ticket to fill the space and add a little more greenery as well. Large planters can get crazy expensive, so of course a DIY version was in order!

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
36″ window box
window box insert
36″ square aluminum tube (x4)
-paint for window box (I used Baby Blush by Valspar)
gold paint for legs
-drill and metal drill bits
-brass machine screws (1 1/2″ long) and nuts
peel and stick felt for bottom of legs
-clamps (optional but helpful)

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Depending on how tall you want your planter to be, you can adjust where you mount your legs to the window box. It was helpful for me to use small clamps so I could stand back and see different heights, but I ended up having the bottom edge of the window box be 10″ down from the top of the square tube leg.

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Once I had the measurement of leg placement, I unclamped the legs and used a metal drill bit to drill two holes through the aluminum tube (just use a bit that’s big enough to fit your machine screws through). It may sound complicated to drill through metal, but aluminum is really soft, so it’s actually easier than drilling through some hardwoods.

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) I re-clamped the legs back in place on the planter and used the same drill bit to drill into the two holes and through the wood of the window box behind the metal tube (that way the holes would line up exactly). If you don’t have clamps, you can just lay the box facing up on the floor and have someone help you hold the leg in place. The clamps make it easier to do it by yourself if needed.

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) I would normally use gold spray paint to paint the legs, but it’s a high of 28 degrees today (too cold to spray paint outside). So I used my favorite gold paint instead. Just make sure to keep track of which leg goes on which spot on your planter so you know the holes will line up exactly when you go to put them back on (I put a post-it next to the legs to mark which was which). Once the paint is dry, cut to size 4 squares of peel and stick felt for the bottom of the tubes so the metal doesn’t scratch your floors.

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) I painted the box with a pale pink called Baby Blush by Valspar (it’s the same color as our pink dining room on the other side of the sitting room).

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Use your machine screws and corresponding nuts to attach the legs back onto the planter. Make sure to tighten the nuts well on the inside so you don’t have wobbly legs.

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Add your plants to your window box insert and your planter is in business!

Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Skinny Planter Stand DIY (click through for tutorial) It’s such a simple shape, but I really love the clean lines of the long legs with the wide skinny planter box. The gold, pink, and shades of green feel really fresh together, and it’s versatile in that you could also buy a bigger box and the next thickness of legs to make a bigger version if desired (a bunch of tall snake plants would look awesome in one of these!). No matter what the climate is where you are, I bet this planter is a good decision for your space too! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.

  • Where can I get the box liner? The links doesn’t work and I don’t know what size it is.

    • Hi Lucy! I updated the link– you’ll need one that’s 36″, or the same length as the window box.

  • Where can I buy this beautiful planter. Or can you please make me one. I truly love it. I am 70 and just can’t build it. Thank your

  • Hi Laura!

    LOVE this DIY, thank you for sharing! I’m thinking of recreating this in my apartment. Where did you get the legs from?

    Thank you!

  • Any chance you sell these on Etsy? I love it but do not have the time for this DIY project 🙁

  • I love this stand. It definitely seems like a doable project. Where is the white plant stand next to it from?

  • Wow that is so beautiful! I think it is perfect for herbs that can’t survive the winter outdoor

  • Oh my gosh, this is the exact DIY piece I’ve been looking for…without knowing it! I’ve been slowly picking up greens for my new home, but need to fill up one spot under a few shelves. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • It’s from here!

    Laura 🙂

  • It’s from here!

    Laura 🙂

  • I just painted one side of the tube at a time, let it dry, and then turned the tube to do the next side, etc. until it was done. Multiple thin coats are best for this sort of thing 🙂


  • The insert is solid and doesn’t have any holes so you don’t need to take it out to water the plants 🙂

    Laura 🙂

  • I love this planter! It is seriously so so cute!


  • This is amazing – I really want to try this for my hallway because it’s so slim and fits into any small space!
    Lucy xoxo

  • Love the colors you chose and the simple design. A perfect small space fix with big impact. And the crazy cat can’t get to the plants(!)

  • This is adorable. You seriously have the cutest stuff in your home, Laura! And I love that it is all very fitting to your style and specifically you.

  • I’m just so enamored with how that gold paint turned out! Mind if I ask what your process was? It looks like a perfect spray finish to me!
    Of course I love the whole planter – I have pretty deep sills but I’m always weary of water damage. I’ll make one come spring for all those plants I buy and subsequently kill…

  • Very cute!

    I don’t have a lot of plants so this might be obvious to some one else, do you take the insert out and to a sink to water it? Where does it drain?

  • Love this and the succlents! I just wish I had a blank space that needed this. I thought of doing this for my patio for about a second, until I realized a good gust of wind – which we do get a lot – would knock it right over. But still a great share – good inspiration for future projects!

  • This is awesome as always, I am so in love with your interior projects!

  • This is perfect! I love that it’s so portable. And looks pretty easy to make, too!

  • So awesome! I can’t wait to make this. Can you tell me where you got the cool black and white art above it? Thanks!!

  • awww to cute! and great for a small space too. now I just need to learn how to keep plants alive for more then a week. thanks for the awesome diy idea! xx. gigi.

  • This is way too cute!! I NEED to make this! And I will! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome DIY with us!
    Take care,
    C |

  • Excuse me while I gush…. Laura, you are so inspiring! You have had so many DIYs recently that I absolutely love. Succulents and gold anything – yes please! This is so chic!

    There is a hashtag on IG for Target being awesome #targetdoesitagain. We need to make one for you #LGummermandoesitagain. 🙂

    Stay awesome!!

  • Go for it! I’m super into gold right now so it matches everything else I have 🙂


  • They are really good about plants, they don’t bother them at all!

    Laura 🙂

  • It feels solid to me! I rocked it back and forth to check when I put it up but you could secure it to the wall if you were nervous about kids 🙂


  • I mean, I love gold and brass colors and all that jazz, but it’s almost a toss up to me – on leaving the aluminum tubing unpainted!

  • I think this is my favourite ever DIY on ABM! So simple and so perfect for my house! I don’t have sills in most rooms (Victorian London living!) so this is just what we need to be able to have plants by the windows 🙂

    Becky ::

  • Oh man, SO CUTE! I’m all about adding plants around my home (we have several in every room, including the bathroom!). My only thought – is it tippy? Should you secure it to the wall at all?


  • I feel ya with the weather. My mom works at the botanical gardens by us and every Monday they clean out some of the plants that they don’t need anymore so I’ve been making her check each week and hoard all that she can get. So needless to say I have quite the plant collection at the moment. This is a great diy!

  • How do your cats handle it? I would think mine would jump on it and knock it over right away!

  • So cute! I wish I didn’t have cats so I can make one of these!!

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