How to Build a Midcentury-Inspired Plant Stand

Building a Mid-Century Plant Stand

If you're looking for a stylish yet minimalist plant stand, this do-it-yourself midcentury-inspired planter is a simple solution for your indoor plant storage needs, whether you're adding plants that naturally clean the air or houseplants that make every room smell good. This project is fairly easy, as far as furniture building is concerned, and doesn't require any previous woodworking knowledge.

Things You'll Need

  • Large ceramic pot
  • 1-inch wood dowels
  • 1 1/2-inch-by-3/4-inch pine board
  • 1/4-inch dowel pins
  • Saw
  • Drill or drill press with 1-inch Forstner bit
  • Chisel
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
Modern white planter

All measurements will depend on the size of pot you choose to use. I bought mine from Lowe's — 10.6 inches high by 11 inches wide by 11 inches deep.

Cutting the dowels to size

Step 1

Cut the 1-inch dowels into 17-inch lengths. These will become the legs of the stand. Mark the bottom of each leg for reference in the following steps.

Cutting the cross braces with a Forstner

Step 2

Clamp the 1 1/2-inch-by-3/4-inch pine board in place and use a 1-inch Forstner to cut two 10 3/4-inch cross braces. This is much easier on a drill press, but it is not necessary.

Holding the cross brace to a dowel
Fitting the two cross braces together

Step 3

Find the center of each cross brace and use a hand saw and chisel to remove a 3/4-by-3/4-inch slot in each piece so they can interlock.

Drilling a hole into the dowel

Step 4

With a 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole 7 3/4 inches up from the bottom of each leg, being careful not to drill all the way through.

Drilling a hole into the cross brace
Inserting a dowel into the cross brace, then fitting the cross brace into the hole in the stand

Step 5

Using the same 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the end of each cross brace. Insert a 1/4-inch dowel pin, and test-fit the pieces together.

Use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges

Use sandpaper to remove any rough edges.

Apply wood glue and clamp the pieces together while drying

Step 6

Apply wood glue in all joints and firmly clamp in place. I used scrap pieces to help the clamps get a grip on the legs. Wipe away any excess glue and let dry overnight.

Applying stain to the plant stand

Step 7

When the glue is completely dry, slip the two halves together and apply your choice of paint or stain. I used Minwax Early American 230.

Placing the pot into the completed stand

Insert the pot into the stand and fill with your favorite plant.

Completed mid-century plant stand
Mid-century plant stand