I have zero problems finding plants I like or convincing myself to bring too many home, but the struggle lies in finding stylish and affordable planters to put them in. Simple ceramics are fairly easy to source, but for something unique or more decorative, it gets challenging.
This is why my plants will first sit around in their original plastic pots for a long time without getting planted in a forever home. Sometimes it goes on so long that I’ll resort to planting them in terra cotta pots, which there’s nothing wrong with those and I’m a fan of the low price tag, but I figured there’s an opportunity here to come up with an easy way to make them more modern.
These plant stands, though simple to make, are on the longer side of time commitment due to drying times (I noted them in the instructions), but the fuss is still very low! Definitely worth it for how much they elevate (HEH) your basic terra cotta pots through minimal and modern design.
I marked measurements on the wood with pencil and cut two dowels at a time, using a mitre box to help keep the cutting straight while holding the dowels against the box with my left hand.
Wood piece measurements from left to right:
4 x 3.25″ (for the squares)
4 x 3.75″ (for the squares)
4 x 5″ (for the pillars)
For the shorter stand, the 4 pillars were cut to 3.5″ each.
As previously mentioned, the pieces that make up the squares are the 3.25″ and 3.75″ pieces. Each square is comprised of two of each, so in the photo above the 3.25″ pieces are on the top and bottom and the 3.75″ pieces are on the left and right. I made two of these and used E6000 to attach them at the corners. It’s better to dot on too much glue and wipe off the excess after attaching than to apply too little.
*Note- this glue takes time to set and will require either clamping or patiently holding/pushing the corners by hand until it dries a bit. Wait until completely dry before moving on (I’d estimate about an hour… I know, not ideal, but while you wait you can build a second one, paint the terra cotta pots, go run an errand, work on another project, read, watch TV, eat, great excuse to go do something fun.)
Next I glued on the pillar pieces. I only did two at a time because they won’t hold their weight until dry, so having them rest against the table is necessary. I waited until it completely dried before gluing on the other two (another hour, I know).
Lastly, I glued on the second square piece on top of the pillars. Again, I waited until it completely dried before moving on (yes).
I used all the drying times to paint the terra cotta pots, among other fun things, so once all the glue dried I was ready to plop the plant in.
Ok, so how sturdy are these? Glue is not ideal for longevity, I agree, but as long as the plant/pot weight is kept small and the stands are handled very gently, it should hold pretty well. All my experiences with E6000 have been excellent and I’ve really come to trust the hold.
If you still don’t feel good about it, you can use a nail gun to attach the corners together. This was actually my initial plan, but the only nail gun I could find for 23G pin nails (very small and basically invisible) required an air pump attachment, which I don’t have realistic access to. Also, the room for error is super small given the thinness of the dowels, so glue was overall much simpler and really, sufficient for my needs.
Alternative: These stands will be able to support the weight of air plants forever, absolutely.
I ultimately prefer the stands with the potted ivy, but I so appreciate having the option to switch it up if I feel like it. What do you think? Air plants or potted plants?