Gorgeous DIY Plant Stand Ideas for Indoors and Garden

Creating a beautiful plant display in your home or garden does not need to cost a fortune. You can easily add a vintage glam or modern chic feel by reusing or upcycling old furniture or other household items.

Here we look at some great DIY plant stand ideas for interiors and the garden, with tips from gardening experts.

DIY Outdoor Plant Stand Ideas

Shelves and Shoe Racks

Michael Perry, a horticulture expert from the Mr Plant Geek website, told Newsweek that simply changing the height of your displays can showcase your plants better.

“Elevating your plants allows you to see them from more optimum angles, especially with some plants where flowers hang down such as the houseplant Medinilla.

“Outdoors, fuchsias can be enjoyed much better when elevated and trailing plants can reach their full trailing potential.”

A stool with a large trailing green plant, next to a book shelf slotted with different plants against a white wall.
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You can switch up heights by using something simple, such as an upturned flower pot, or get a bit fancy with a multi-shelf unit or a repurposed shoe rack.

Perry said: “I like to create a ‘plant theater’ with my favorite plants on display,” which can be easily changed from time to time. “Of course, wooden pallets lend themselves to this type of creation very well, and the possibilities are endless.”

Plants on wall mount shelves.
Small pot plants placed on wall-mounted shelves.
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Raised Stand Using Pallets

DIY expert Theresa Clement, from the MyFixItUpLife website, suggests upcycling wooden pallets to create a raised plant stand. “After disassembling the pallet, build a box with four legs as supports. Seal the pallets with exterior paint or a few coats of clear exterior sealer,” she told Newsweek.

A raised pallet plant stand with cactus.
A raised pallet plant stand.
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X-Shaped Stand

Not every plant stand needs to be a box or a cylinder, according to Clement. You can also create an X-shaped planter using pieces of wood.

“After building two X shapes for the frame, cut wood to length to span the width and length of the Xs. Seal the wood with a few coats of clear exterior sealer before filling with plants,” she said.

Hanging Tiered Stand

People who have a porch can hang tiers of plant stands from a rope. “We build these long wood boxes and then secure them to the porch ceiling with rope,” Clement said.

Various DIY plant stands.
Colorful DIY birdhouse plant stands (top), X-shape plant stand (bottom left) and hanging tiered plant stands.
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Cedar Stand

She also recommends creating a plant stand from cedar, starting by working with the corners of the wood. “The corners are an easy place to begin connecting all of the boards into panels that make up the box,” Clement said.

A flower bed made of wood pallets.
A flower bed made of wood pallets.
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Pine Shiplap Stand

Pine shiplap—commonly used for wall sidings in houses or cabins—also makes an attractive plant stand. “It has a cool texture and the knots are luscious and lively. Rip the laps off on the table saw and fasten together as a little column,” said Clement.

She suggests making three or four stands at varying heights. To protect the wood from the weather, seal them with a clear coat or paint them vibrant colors.

A flower box plant stand on wall.
A numbered flower box plant stand mounted on a wall.
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Folding Ladder

You can give a dusty wooden ladder a new lease of life by placing pots on its steps. If the ladder’s steps are not flat or wide enough to hold the plants, use wooden planks to form a ledge across the steps.

Flower pots seen on a wooden ladder.
Various flower pots placed on an old wooden ladder outdoors.
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Wall Ladder

You can also hang small pots of plants or flowers on the corners of a ladder leaned against a wall, using hooks to fasten the pots to the ladder.

Flowers pots hanging from a wall ladder.
Flowers pots hanging from a wall ladder leaning against the outside of a home.
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A retro bicycle or minimalist modern bike can serve as an eye-catching plant stand in your backyard or front garden. Pots of colorful flowers or other plants can be placed in the front basket and on the seat and rear storage space.

Vintage bike holding flowers in baskets.
An old bike with flowers in its front basket and a large plant in its backseat area.
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A vintage-style birdcage can also make a beautiful showcase for potted plants.

Plants seen inside black birdcages.
Plants seen inside black birdcages in an office setting.
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An empty vintage lantern or candle holder can serve as an elegant stand for smaller flowering plants.

Flowers spilling out of a lantern holder.
Flowers spilling out of a vintage lantern.
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Handmade DIY Indoor Plant Stands

Old Building Materials

If you don’t want the same decor as your neighbors, don’t shop in the same homeware stores. Instead, “get your shoes dirty and go to an architectural salvage store,” Clement said.

You can find all sorts of objects in these stores, including “richly detailed old building elements,” and they often have workshops where items can be customized or transformed.

“An architectural salvage yard usually has corbels or brackets from old buildings. Pick one you like, fasten it to your wall as art and use it as a functional aerial plant stand,” she suggested.

A pallet wall plant stand.
A pallet wall plant stand seen next to floral wall art.
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You can also make little plant stands from birdhouses. Use a spade bit to cut a hole in the birdhouse roof before lining the interior with waterproof tape and filling in with pebbles, soil and the plants, Clement said.


The DIY expert also suggested “upcycling an old wood chair into a planter.” Using an oscillating tool, cut the spindles, legs and back from the seat. Then use screws and glue to re-assemble the pieces into a little plant stand.

A DIY chair plant stand.
A DIY chair plant stand.
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Rope Plant Hanger

Make your own hanging plant stand by using a thick rope and tying knots to form a basket that cradles the plant. You can hang these plant stands around the house on hangers, hooks and other attachments along the walls or on the ceiling.

Handmade rope plant stands.
Plants held in handmade plant stands made of ropes.
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