Plant stand Goes Mid-Century

Hey babes! I am seriously obsessed with mid-century modern home décor.  The designs are funky enough, yet clean enough.  You know the earlier post about all those incredible mid-century modern planters? Well, they need to be displayed properly and why not head to the garage for some fun and a little DIY!  You guessed! Let’s build the mid-century modern plant stand!

If you were to look around the internet, there are several methods and ways to make an equally awesome version of a mid-century mod plant stand. Today, we are using 3/4″ square pine dowels and 3/4″ x 1.5″ pine board. First, decide how tall you want your plant stand. I made mine 16″ tall. Measure out that length on the square dowels and cut four legs that length. Next, measure the width of your pot or planter. The best planter to use is one that is the same width from top to bottom, but if you don’t have one, do not fear! Just measure the widest portion of the pot. This will be the spacing between the four legs. My pot was 8″ wide. Cut two pieces of the 3/4″ x 1.5″ at the width of your pot.

This is the trickiest part. Find the middle of the 3/4″ x 1.5″ boards and mark it (the length). From that point, measure out 1″ on each side of the center point. This is where you will notch the boards so they will slide together and create a solid base for your plant. Now from those marks, measure 1″ width wise. Once your rectangle is measured out, go ahead and cut it with a jigsaw. Do this for both pieces. Test the fit; they should go together perfectly like peanut butter and jelly! Now simply take a 1/8″ drill bit and drill a hole where the cross boards are intersecting. Drill through the first board and halfway into the second. Take a #12-1 1/4″ wood screw and screw the pieces together.

Now time to measure the dowels to see where you want the cross boards to be fastened. I fastened mine 7″ from the top of the legs. Mark your measurement on each leg and take the same drill bit and drill pilot holes. Drill pilot holes on the end of each of the cross boards as well. This will prevent the screw from cracking the wood. Do not skip this step or you will be so sad and have to redo a portion of the project. Once all the pilot holes are drilled, so ahead and attach the cross boards to the legs with the screws.

Now stand back and admire your work! It really is that easy! I like the look of the screws, but if you don’t, you can cover them with wood filler, sand when dry and paint or stain! To be honest, I like the look of the pine, but haven’t decided if I want to stain it or leave it. I challenge you gals to give this one a try! Once you have the supplies, shouldn’t take more than an hour, a little longer if you are staining or painting. Now get to projecting!

Bye for now babes,


#12 Wood Screws- 1 1/4″ (5)  |  3/4″ square dowel