I have a cheery spring project and video tutorial to share with you guys today. I made a DIY mid century modern plant stand for my porch. I’ve been mulling over tiered DIY plant stand ideas lately because I think we need more personality at our entryway. I used leftover wood and pieces from other DIY projects and came up with this design. Even though I made this plant stand for the front porch, the design would be gorgeous done in a natural wood finish inside.
You may have noticed I’ve been changing things up and moving towards cleaner lines and coastal contemporary in the beach bungalow for the last year or so. Which is why I think this modern planter would perfectly compliment my living area with my Live edge hair pin leg table and the gorgeous media console I built a while ago. Don’t you think so too?
Today is also the Power Tool Challenge Team’s monthly get together. Our theme was spring porch which is why I made my DIY plant stand a colorful beachy blue to jazz up our entry. Don’t forget to scroll down and see what my friends created for their spring porches.
How to Make a DIY Mid Century Modern Plant Stand
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Supplies I used to make my mid century modern plant stand
- 2- 18″ square 3/4″ plywood (cut from a 2′ x 4′ sheet of birch plywood)
- 4 – 6″ tapered legs these are the ones I used
- 3 1/2″ screws
- 4 – 4″ x 2″x 2″ blocks (cut from 2″ x 2″ x 24″ piece of wood)
- large terra cotta planter
- Rustoleum Spray Paint in Vintage Teal
- Gorilla non-foaming wood glue
Tools used for this DIY planter
- Ryobi 18 volt jigsaw
- Ryobi 18 volt drill
- Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer with 1 1/2″ brads
- Wagner Small Paint Shelter
- lazy susan for the paint shelter that I picked up at the thrift store
- Safety goggles
- disposable air respirator
- vice grip
First, take a look at my video which will pretty much show you how I make my wood plant stand. Below I’ll share a few tips that didn’t make it into the video. I should also say that I wasn’t planning on making a video for this project, it was a last minute decision so overlook anything that’s not quite perfect!
The wood plant stand is made to hold the terra cotta pot an inch or so under the top lip. If you have another size planter you’d like to make a plant stand for, here’s the formula to figure out your dimensions. I’m not a math person by any stretch of the imagination but in simplest terms …
Circumference (outside measurement) x 3.14 = radius
The radius is the distance from your center nail to the outside of the circle you’re drawing. Basically 1/2 the distance across the top of your planter. In the video my radius was 6″ on the outside and 4″ on the inside.
Because it was made from plywood and furniture legs, the planter will do fine as long as it’s out of the weather and under the cover of a porch.
As you saw on the video, I used pilot holes where the screws connect into the legs. I wish I’d countersunk the screw heads into the plywood circle. If I built this in a natural wood finish I would definitely do that.
I think it looks great sitting next to Pete the Pelican. Having a pelican like this is a big local thing. You see these everywhere. We have lots of real pelicans here on the west coast of Florida. Our town was originally a fishing village so I think they’ve just hung out for years waiting for hand-outs.
I couldn’t resist this colorful mat for the front door. I’m loving these colors for our porch update!
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Looking for more fresh ideas for spring? Take a look at what my talented friends whipped up for their spring themed projects.
Just the Woods –DIY Adirondack Chairs
Domestically Speaking – Solar Address Post
The DIY Village – DIY Barnwood Lantern
H2oBungalow – DIY Mid Century Modern Plant Stand – That’s me!
The Kim Six Fix – Kitchen Herb Garden
Create and Babble – How to Make Easy Wooden Flowers
My Repurposed Life – Reclaimed Stair Stringer Tiered Plant Stand
As I was staging the photos for my new DIY mid century modern plant stand for this post I looked around and realized my porch is desperate for some springtime love! Later this week I’ll share my springtime curb appeal refresh and how I’m doing it! Is the front of your home in need of a cheery pick me up too? Share the first thing you’d do below in comments!
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
I love anything and everything MCM. Great pot holder! Visiting from Style Showcase.
This is so cute Wendi. I bet it would look right at home in the Jetson’s house! Love everything about MCM!!
Thank you Mary! I bet it would look great in the Jetsons house. Funny you mentioned that because I thought the same thing. I originally wanted to use wooden balls instead of the square blocks but didn’t have enough on hand and was too tired to go back to the store! LOL Thanks so much for your note and visit!
Awesome project Wendi. I love the color of your new plant stand. It looks perfect on your porch.
Hi Gail and thank you! I really wanted to brighten up the dark blue porch and fell in love with this vintage teal color. I’m totally getting into the spring refresh this year! I must have spring fever because I want to redo everything! LOL
Love the shape of your planter & that blue!!! SO pretty!!!
Hi Maryann and thank you! I think it would go great with your address post! I’m really getting to using lots of blues in my decor lately. It says coastal without being too kitschy..of course having Pete the Pelican puts my front porch into very kitschy!
I love the design of the planter you created. It looks great on your front porch. I also love Pete the Pelican. What a fun local tradition to have. Around here we have a pair of ducks called, “Naughty and Nice”.
Hi Paula and thank you my friend! I’m liking the planter too, we needed some new color. Funny about our Naughty and Nice ducks! I resisted for the longest time on Pete and finally gave in… I like him now that he’s taken a spot by the door. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet note! We miss you!