Easy DIY Outdoor Plant Stand Ideas Anyone Can Make!


If you’re looking for a creative way to add character and life to your outdoor space, you’ll want to check out these 17 best DIY plant stand ideas.  For me, I’m always trying to spruce up our front yard!

We live in an area where people take curb appeal seriously.  So I’m always trying to up my game when it comes to displaying our outdoor plants. 

Whether you want to spruce up your patio area or garden, these plant stands will provide an affordable and fun way to level up your front yard.  With easy-to-follow instructions and materials found at any hardware store, you can have a unique outdoor plant stand on a budget.  (I love when things are inexpensive.  It’s a huge reason why I do DIY!)

I’ve done my best to sort these projects by type roughly by types.  Below, you’ll see ideas from wood stands to metal stands, to stands made from upcycled objects.

(And if you lose your momentum to DIY, I’ll also include some easy recommendations from Amazon!)

Want to learn more about DIY outdoor plant stand ideas?  Keep on reading! 

Idea 1: Make a DIY Pallet Plant Stand

Making a DIY pallet plant stand is an easy and cost-effective way to add beautiful furniture to your home.

First, find some used pallets. You can usually find these at construction sites or lumber yards. Once you have your pallets, use a saw to cut the boards into the desired shape for your stand.

Next, you’ll need to sand down the edges and stain or paint it if desired.

Finally, use screws and nails to secure the boards together for an extra sturdy stand.

With a little time and creativity, you can easily create a gorgeous plant stand out of pallets that will bring life to any room!

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Idea 2: Build a DIY Reclaimed Wood Plant Stand

Making a DIY reclaimed wood plant stand is a great way to spruce up your home décor and add a natural, rustic vibe. Plus, it’s simple to make.

First, select the scrap wood you would like to use for your stand.  You can choose from old barn wood, pallet boards, or other types of recycled wood.

Next, measure and cut the pieces of wood according to the size you want your plant stand to be.

Sand down any rough edges and assemble the pieces using screws or nails.

Finally, apply a finish such as paint or varnish to give it an extra special touch. Another idea is to create the outside frame with scrap wood, then use cedar lattice for the walls. The cedar lattice is weather resistant and oh-so-pretty, too!

Idea 3: Create DIY Log Slice Plant Stand

Making a DIY log slice plant stand is easy to build! This fun project that can be completed in under an hour.  To start, you will need to find a good-sized log or tree branch, preferably one with few knots and branches.

You’ll also need a hand saw or chainsaw to cut the log into slices. The thickness of each slice will depend on how large and stable you want the stand to be.

Once all the slices have been cut, sand them down and paint them with whatever color fits your decorating style.

Finally, assemble the plant stand by screwing the slices together in a circular shape or any other design you choose. Add some soil and plants, and voila! Your custom-made log slice wooden plant stand is ready for display in your home.

Idea 4: Make a Rustic Wooden Crate Plant Stand

Our fourth idea is an excellent way to add a little rustic charm to your home. It’s easy to make and requires minimal materials, making it a great DIY project for any skill level.

The stand can be made from wood, and you can leave the crate as-is or paint it in your favorite colors.

To make the stand:

  1. Measure and cut the wood into two pieces – one for the base and one for the top.
  2. Secure them with screws and finish with a sealant or stain.
  3. Add some felt on the bottom of the crate to protect surfaces from scratches and provide drainage for plants if desired.
  4. Place pots of flowers, herbs, or succulents in each opening.

Repurposed wooden crates look great for the inside, too! Use them for indoor plans and houseplants to give your plants stylish new digs inside your home.

Idea 5: DIY a Repurposed Fire Pit Plant Stand

DIY a repurposed fire pit plant stand is a great idea for those who have an old fire pit lying around but no longer use it. Yes, an old fire pit!  It can be transformed into a beautiful and unique piece of furniture.

The process is simple. Remove the grate, fill the bottom with soil, and add your favorite plants.  To make it more interesting, you can paint the outside of the fire pit in any color you desire. Or, add decorative pieces like stones or seashells to give it character.

You’ll be surprised at how much life and beauty you can bring to something otherwise headed to the landfill.

Idea 6: Create a DIY Industrial Pipe Plant Stand

A DIY industrial pipe plant stand is a great idea for creating your own unique and stylish piece of furniture.  It’s easy to make. You can use it as an accent piece for any room in the house.

The industrial look will add character and charm to the area, perfect for displaying plants or flowers. You only need pipes, screws, and nuts to create the stand.

You can customize it by painting it in any color you like or adding decorative touches with fabric or paint.

Idea 7: Wrought Iron Plant Stand with Tray Top

A wrought iron plant stand with a tray top is a great addition to any home, flower garden, or herb garden. It’s easy to find these pieces as thrift stores.  This stylish and sturdy stand will provide plenty of support for your favorite plants. A tray top provides a convenient place to keep soil, water, and other accessories.

I recommend a sleek black finish of the iron to add an elegant touch to the piece. Plus, if you add a rust-resistant coating, it will look great for years.

You can also use a DIY like this indoors and outdoors.

Idea 8: Use a DIY Hanging Shoe Organizer Planter

A hanging shoe organizer turned planer is a great way to maximize your small space.  It’s simple and inexpensive solution for creating a vertical garden.

The planter allows you to hang plants from the top of the organizer. You could still store shoes, purses, or other items at the bottom!

The planter can be hung from any wall in your home, making it easy to move around and adjust as needed.  Plus, they’re really inexpensive to find on Amazon!

Idea 9: Make DIY Upcycled Tire Planter

An upcycled tire planer is an innovative way to add style to your garden while also helping the environment. This project is great for those who love upcycling and want to give old tires new life.  (I’m a huge believer in sustainability, so this project is right up my lane.)

It involves cutting a tire into two pieces, cleaning it, adding soil and plants, and then decorating it with colorful paints or other materials.  The result is a unique planter that can grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, or anything else.

It’s an easy way to make something beautiful and help out the environment at the same time!

Idea 10: Repurpose a Vintage Suitcase to a Planter or Stand

Vintage suitcases make an attractive planter or stand for any home. They are classic and timeless, giving a touch of nostalgia to any room.

The shape and size of the suitcase can be used to display plants interestingly. Or you can also store other items such as books or magazines.

You can even use them as a side table or nightstand. With their unique style and interesting design, vintage suitcases can add a hint of charm and sophistication to any space.

Bonus – they are also incredibly durable and easy to care for, making them ideal for indoor and outdoor use.  Whether you use them as a planter or stand, vintage suitcases will bring a touch of nostalgia and style to your home.

Idea 11: Use an Old Garden Ladder as a Plant Display

Using an old garden ladder as a ladder plant display is an excellent and creative way to liven up any outdoor space. This simple yet eye-catching feature can add texture and height to your plants, whether for a patio, balcony, or even a small yard.

It’s also great for creating a focal point for a perfect place outside. You can also prop the ladder up in the corner to fill any any empty outside spaces. Corner plant stands are a great way to add visual interest!

To make the most of this idea, look for an old, weathered ladder to give your garden character and charm. You can then hang potted plants from each step of the ladder or place various plants along the steps for a unique display.

Idea 12: Use a Wooden Barrel as a DIY Outdoor Planter

Using a wooden barrel as a DIY outdoor planter is inexpensive and creative to spruce up your outdoor living space.

You can transform a simple wooden barrel into a stylish and functional planter with minimal effort.

  1. To start, choose an appropriate size barrel that will fit in the space you have available.
  2. Once you’ve chosen the right size, use wood screws or nails to affix the bottom of the barrel to the ground and add drainage holes.
  3. Fill with potting soil, select colorful flowering plants, and arrange them in the container.
  4. Add some smaller plants or succulents around the sides for additional color and texture.
  5. Finish off with some decorative stones or mulch for a polished look.

This is an easy and cost-effective way to enhance any outdoor area while adding visual interest to your garden or patio

Idea 13: Paint an Old Bathtub as a Repurposed Outdoor Planter

For a creative and fun DIY project, why not repurpose an old, unused bathtub into an outdoor planter? All you need is a few materials and some creativity.

Clean the tub thoroughly before starting. Once it’s clean, you can use spray paint or brush-on paint to give it new life.

Use bright and vibrant colors to create a unique look!

You can then fill the tub with the soil and plants of your choice. Play with using flowers and plants! Because of the size of the tub, you can also incorporate large plants, too!

It’s easy, affordable, and sure to be a conversation piece that will impress your friends and family!

Idea 14: Make Repurposed Planters from Concrete Blocks

Making repurposed concrete plant stands is a great way to add a unique modern plant stand to your garden. It can be a fun and creative project that can save money and help the environment by reusing existing materials.

Concrete blocks are strong, long-lasting, and relatively inexpensive. You can find them at any home improvement store or online. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. With just a few tools and supplies, you can easily create beautiful planters.

Paint, stain, or seal the concrete for added protection against weathering.  Add plants of your choosing. Because concrete blocks can be squat, experiment with adding tall plants for visual interest!

Idea 15: Upcycle an Old Dresser as a DIY Planter Stand

Upcycling an old dresser as a DIY planter stand is a great way to add character and charm to any outdoor space.

It’s also a great way to give new life to an old piece of furniture that you might have stored away in the attic or garage.

Here’s how (it’s easy!):

  1. To start, you can find a dresser that you like. Ensure it’s sturdy enough to handle the weight of your plants.
  2. Sand off rough edges, and paint it your favorite color.
  3. Then attach casters so you can easily move it around your garden or patio.
  4. You can use the drawers for planting containers or line them with plastic pots filled with soil and plants.
  5. The top of the dresser can be used for your potted plant collection and other decorations, such as wind chimes or bird feeders.

With a little time, effort, and creativity, you can transform an old dresser into a beautiful DIY planter stand!

Idea 16: Make a DIY Plant Stand from Old or New Fence Pickets

Creating a DIY plant stand from old or new fence pickets is an easy and affordable way to spruce up any outdoor space.  It’s also a great way to repurpose materials that might otherwise be discarded.

To make the plant stand, cut the pickets in whatever size you need and assemble them into a box shape.

Use nails or screws to attach the boards together.

Then, give the entire structure a coat of paint for added protection from the elements.

Once assembled, you can fill it with your favorite plants and flowers for an instant boost of color and life to your garden or herb harden.

Idea 17: Repurpose a Piano Stool as a Plant Stand

If you have a piano stool that is no longer being used, why not repurpose it into a plant stand? It’s an easy and creative way to add style and life to your interior.

You can find vintage or modern piano stools in many different styles, shapes, and sizes. To transform the seating to the planter, mount a wooden board on top of the stool legs (if the seat used to be fabric).

This creates a stable platform for you to place your plants.  

(If you do this one, send me a photo!  I want to see!)

Questions People Ask When Researching Easy DIY Plant Stand Ideas

Sometimes DIY projects are more challenging than they seem. When I do a DIY, I spend almost as much time researching online or watching YouTube videos!

Let’s jump into some common questions people ask about making their own plant stands.

How do you make a simple house plant stand?

Making a simple house plant stand is an easy task.

  1. First, you can grab some heavy-duty wood, such as pine or cedar. These woods are mor weather-resistant!
  2. Cut it into four legs of the same length.
  3. Then attach them together with strong screws or nails.
  4. Next, measure and cut out a piece of plywood for the top and bottom of your stand.
  5. Make sure to leave room for drainage holes in both pieces.
  6. Finally, attach the top and bottom pieces to the legs using screws or nails, ensuring they are securely attached.
  7. Once done, you can paint or stain your plant stand if desired.

With simple tools and materials, you now have a sturdy and attractive plant stand that will last for years!

What can I use as an outdoor plant stand?

Depending on the size and type of plant you want to display, several options are available. What about these ideas?

  • For small potted plants, a simple and decorative shelf or stand can work well.
  • If you have larger and heavier plants, then a sturdy wooden or metal stand is recommended.
  • A wheeled cart is also a good option if you can easily move the plants around your outdoor area.
  • Additionally, you could use a hanging planter or trellis for climbing vines or other trailing plants.

With so many options, it’s easy to find an outdoor plant stand that works for your needs and style.

How do you make a simple plant shelf?

Making a simple plant shelf is an easy and affordable way to display your favorite plants in any room.

All you need are basic materials like wood, screws, and nails.

  • Start by measuring the space you want your shelf to fit into, then cut a piece of wood to size.
  • Next, use screws or nails to attach the wood pieces together at right angles to form a frame.
  • Once the frame is complete, measure and cut another piece of wood for the shelf itself. Attach this piece of wood to the frame with screws or nails.
  • Add some decorative touches such as paint or stain.
  • Hang your new plant shelf on the wall with appropriate hanging hardware!

You now have a beautiful way to show off your plants in style!

How do you make wooden pallets weather-resistant?

Making wooden pallets weather-resistant is important for outdoor use or long-term storage.

The first step is to sand down the surface of the wood, removing any splinters and making it smoother.

Next, apply a sealant such as polyurethane or varnish to the surface of the pallet.

This will help protect against water damage, sun exposure, and other environmental elements.

Finally, if desired, you can paint the pallet to match your home or business decor.

This will also help protect it from weathering and make it look more aesthetically pleasing.

Let’s Wrap Up

Hopefully, you feel inspired to make your own plant stand with these easy DIY ideas! You don’t need to be handy to create a gorgeous outdoor plant stand using a few materials you might already have.

I hope you can do one of these super easy projects to add a pop of color and style to your home. Let me know how it goes!