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Refresh Your Space With A DIY Plant Stand or Planter

Got a corner of your house in need of a pick-me-up? Wouldn’t a plant be just perfect for that space?! But you need something dramatic, something eye-catching, something substantial. When a terracotta pot on the floor just won’t cut it, you know it’s time to get creative. Kate here, and today I’m rounding up some of Decoist’s favorite DIY plant stand and planter projects. They’re affordable. They’re easy to make. And they have the power to transform your space! Check out all the details…

DIY Plant Stand Ideas

Let’s start with the plant stands, because even if you plan on crafting the perfect planter, you’ll need a place to put it! Here’s a new project from A Beautiful Mess–a DIY Midcentury-Style Plant Stand! Given how retr0-fabulous it is, you’ll be shocked by the easy-to-follow process involved in bringing it to life!

Plant stand with Midcentury flair

For one more Midcentury-style plant stand from Mandi of A Beautiful Mess, check out this two-tiered stand tutorial, which involves the use of pre-cut wooden circles and dowels. Easy to craft and wonderfully modern!

DIY two-tiered plant stand

I’ve previously shared this Concrete and Copper Plant Stand project from Claire Zinnecker of Camille Styles, but it’s perfect for today’s post. So once again it makes an appearance! The look is raw, modern and fabulous, especially given the current trend of celebrating materials and simple forms!

Concrete and copper plant stands

From circles to squares! This clean-lined modern plant stand from Homey Oh My! is made of wood and ceramic tile. I love that you can personalize the look with the tile of your choice:

Clean-lined modern plant stand

This DIY Wooden Plant Stand from blogger Elise Blaha Cripe gives you plenty of room to display an army of plants. While many of today’s featured projects involve covering planters with paint, I like how the pics that accompany this one feature terracotta pots in all of their earthy glory!

DIY wooden plant stand

Isn’t this DIY Hanging Garden from HomeMade Modern a contemporary work of art?! The clean lines, the uniform rows of crisp plants–so divine! Would you believe me if I told you that you can craft your own for $30 in 2 hours? Believe it!

DIY hanging garden idea

Don’t feel like crafting? Use a ladder. Yes, a ladder! Leave it earthy or paint it for a modern look–you decide. Just make sure you give it a dose of personality, like this ladder plant stand from Funky Junk Interiors:

Ladder plant stand

And while this plant stand is for sale (rather than being a DIY idea), I’m getting inspired just looking at it. I spy a project coming on, and I wonder if a fold-up step stool and some long trays might be my materials of choice… [from Gardenista]

Stepladder plant stand

DIY Planter Projects

Now on to the planters… One of the projects that inspired today’s post is this DIY Modern Pillar Planter idea from Curbly (shown below). I came across this idea yesterday while researching my piece on creating an outdoor lounge. I love the fact that PVC pipe is involved, especially since it can add much-needed height to an outdoor vignette:

Easy PVC pipe planter

Making this DIY Modern Planter from Seattle Refined is as easy as buying two pots (with any design on them) from the dollar store, gluing them together, then spray painting them the color of your choice!

Easy modern planter idea

These DIY Paint-Dipped Ceramic Pots are so on-trend! Using affordable planters from IKEA and leftover paint samples, Heather from The Lovely Cupboard created a unique project that reflects a clever approach to design:

Paint-dipped ceramic pots

Got an old file cabinet? Turn it into a planter! Remove the drawers, tilt it horizontally, add a coat of Rustoleum paint to prevent rusting, and you’re in business! For the full tutorial, head on over to Boopy Projects.

DIY file cabinet planter

Since we’re on the topic of old cabinets, here’s one more fabulous project from HomeMade Modern. It’s a DIY Concrete Planter, made from an old cabinet, Quikrete, foam insulation and a few other key ingredients. Casters make it easy to move, and a spigot provides drainage. For a full tutorial (including a helpful video), click here. Note that this project requires some heavy lifting:

DIY concrete planter

I’m in love with the design on this DIY Painted Geometric Planter! Head on over to Merriment Design for the full tutorial, which includes the strategic use of painter’s tape:

DIY geometric planter

I’ll end today’s post with three planter projects that I’ve created myself and featured right here at Decoist. That’s right–they’re Decoist originals! No, I’m not trying to toot my own horn.  But given how easy these are to craft, I just had to mention them. I’ve tested them out, and I know they hold up over time! Let’s start with the simplest idea of all–these Two-Tone Painted Pots. All you need is painter’s tape, sponge brushes and the paint of your choice to create basic geometric designs on terracotta pots:

DIY painted geometric pots

This next DIY Planter was once a votive candle holder. The openings that once held candles now hold plants! I can honestly say that succulents work best for this project, especially if your votive holder is a shallow one. Check out the full tutorial here.

DIY succulent planter project

And last but not least, we have this DIY Modern Hanging Planter, which works best when you use a lightweight pot to create the finished product. And if you start with a plastic pot, a Crop-A-Dile tool is likely a better, safer option than a drill for making those holes on either side! Funny how an inexpensive pot, some parachute cord and a shower ring can create a functional, modern design on a budget!

DIY modern hanging planter

Did you notice the prevalence of natural wood, as well as hues such as white, yellow and blue in today’s post?! Sometimes clean and crisp neutrals are the way to go, but a bold dose of color never hurts. Happy crafting!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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