Wooden Mid Century Plant Stand DIY

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Though I love my plants in all sizes big and small, the smaller ones are definitely less expensive to “outfit”. You can buy several small, cute planters for the cost of one big one. There are lots of large planters that I love, but the bigger they are the pricier they get too. I wanted to do something a little special for my fiddle leaf fig that I’ve kept alive for over two years now (doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s my record!), and I thought making a midcentury inspired wooden stand for the simple square planter would make it more interesting than if it was simply sitting on the floor.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-1.5″ x 1.5″ boards
-jigsaw
-wood glue
-wood screws
-paint
-ruler and pen
-drill

First decide which planter or pot you want to use with your plant stand. The stand does feel really sturdy once it’s built, but I know that some of the oversized thick porcelain pots can be pretty heavy just by themselves and almost impossible to lift by yourself once filled with dirt and a plant. So I would suggest more of a lightweight planter (like this one) to keep the weight limit down. Measure the width and height of the planter so you can decide how big of an opening you need for your planter to sit snugly in the plant stand and how high you want the sides of the plant stand to stand against the planter.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Use a jigsaw to cut the boards into two lengths. One length will make an “X” across the bottom of the planter for the planter to sit on. You need two boards that length (mine were 12.5″ long). The other length will be the side legs for your plant stand. Add how high you want the planter to sit up off the ground with how high you want the legs to come up the sides of the planter (mine were 13″ high total). You need four identical pieces for the side legs.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Next, use a ruler and a pen to mark the middle of your two underneath pieces. Mark off an area in the middle that is exactly the width of the board and continue that mark halfway down the sides of the board. So, since my board was 1.5″, I marked .75″ on either side of the middle mark across the top and then drew the line .75″ down each side. You are trying to carve out the same size notch in both boards so they will make a flush surface when you put the notches together.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Use the jigsaw to cut down the two side lines.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial)
Since you can’t make a 45 degree angle turn with a jigsaw to get across the bottom line, drill a hole as wide as the jigsaw blade right next to the line. This will give you a place to insert the saw blade and begin cutting from there to the corner. Once you get to the corner, you can turn around and cut back the opposite way across the bottom line.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) See? It works! Repeat process so that both of your underneath boards have the same notch.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Put the two notches together with some wood glue between them and add a wood screw in the middle to secure.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Once you have your middle “X”, you can measure how long you want the legs to be (I made mine about 5″ long), and attach the X to the outer legs at that measurement with some wood glue and a wood screw from the outside edge.

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Do a light sanding to remove any rough edges, and paint your plant stand. I find that if I am painting wood with a metallic paint, it looks a lot better if I do a base of a white primer before adding the gold finish. Once your paint is dry, you can add your plant and you’re done!

Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) Mid century wooden plant stand DIY (click through for tutorial) I really like how simple and clean the plant stand looks in the space. Just getting it up off the floor a few inches highlights the planter more (and it makes the tree look taller as well!). The gold legs also compliment the touches of gold on the TV stand and the brass globe sconce next to the plant as well. That makes the “design balance” part of my brain so happy. This would also be a great idea to hold outdoor planters if you used outdoor treated wood and an exterior paint or stain and made a few of different heights… Uh oh, looks like it’s back to the lumber store for me!! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • I love the idea of making a hole on the bottom part to get the jigsaw in, that has been the hardest part of making these stands for me, until I found your blog that is!! Thank you!!!

  • The whole style of this DIY wooden mid-century plant stand is wonderful and amazing!I love your idea!Thank you for sharing this tutorial!DIY plant stand making tutorial.

  • Yes! and with this colored nail hands made the beautiful eco-friendly planter. Love the IDEA!!!

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  • Such a cool piece. Love this idea.

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  • Love this! Would you mind telling me where the TV/media stand is from? Is it DIY? Thanks!

  • Simple and very elegant! Great idea!

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  • I wish I could buy that stand 😀
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  • WOW<3
    I love the look of this – and it look soooo easy to do ^^
    Thanks for the inspiration =D I am always stunned how easy it is so make something so simple, so special with such easy and quick changes

  • do you have to take the container out of the stand to water? Do you have drainage holes in the bottom of the container that you will have to deal with? Sorry so many questions…I just purchased my first fiddle leaf and I know they can be pretty finicky.

  • Love the planter, but where is that Cabazon dino print from? OBSESSED! A diy engineer print or can I buy from a shop? 🙂

  • Prettiest DIY i’ve ever seen. So simple but yet makes such a huge and unique difference. Love it!

  • Woah ! This is a great idea. Looks really chic. Great post x

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