DIY Plant Stands for Just $3



When I think about what the perfect “ME” day would be, I most definitely think it would differ from most people.   A great day for me would look like today, where I headed to the store, and got randomly inspired to create THE CUTEST LITTLE PLANT STANDS EVER!!!   I’m telling you friends, I don’t think I get nearly enough of these types of days! 

This post is sponsored by Minwax.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

The best part is that they cost only $3 each!

Say what???

Yup, only $3 each!!!  Plus a great day spent crafting!

All I needed was some unfinished round wood plaques (less than a dollar), and a square garden stake or dowel!

That’s it, friends! That’s all it’s made of! And then I found the cutest terracotta pots for $1 a piece, rounding this entire project off at approximately $6 including the plant! (but not including the finish, as I had them on hand).

Let’s get into it!

Seriously this is so easy, it’s almost mind blowing!

Easy DIY PLANT STANDS with Minwax

What you need:

Easy DIY Plant Stands

What I Did:

  • First I cut my garden stakes to size.
  • I found the center of my plaque and carefully drilled a whole right into the center using my hole saw.  It’s best to have clamps available when drilling for safety purposes.
  • I sanded my plaque lightly with a medium grit sanding block to smooth any jagged edges and then I flipped it over.
  • Position your three dowels evenly on the underside of the plaque lining them up with the edge and mark.
  • I applied wood glue (wiping up any excess) and let it dry. If my nail gun hadn’t jammed today I would have totally used it to secure the dowels to the plaque, instead I pre-drilled holes and screwed the dowels in place using my 1 1/4” wood screws, being sure to countersink them.  I filled the screw holes with plastic wood.
  • Then I stood back and went nuts over how simple and cute they were!
  • Next, I gave the plant stands a light sanding.

Let’s Stain ’em!

Of course this could be painted, but I wanted a warm wood tone to play off of the pretty terracotta pots.

Using a lint free cloth I applied Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and allowed it to penetrate for 5 minutes. Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner should be used before any stain projects to prepare the wood for staining, allowing for a more even application.   Because I am using oil based stain, it’s important to use oil based pre-stain.  


I stirred my stain, and applied it to my plant stand with a clean lint-free cloth, wiping off any excess stain. I love this  Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain because it provides a beautiful rich color that enhances the natural wood grain.

And then to get the exact finish I desired, I layered a coat of Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak to warm it up a bit and to deliver uniform color evenly on this wood.  Layering stain helps to add depth to wood especially on wood that is typically not stain grade (ie  . . . the wood gardens stakes).

Once my stain was dry, I added a coat of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in Clear Satin to protect the wood from any water spills, etc . . .



I am so happy with how these little plant stands came out! And I just couldn’t decide if I like them better in the kitchen or the bathroom, I might have to make a few more!


I just love when I have days when I can let my creativity lead me (especially on a woodworking project at such a small cost too!)  I was even thinking that these would make a really great gift too! 

What do you think, friends?  Would you try a project like this?

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