Whether you’re looking for an affordable way to display your best home plants in your own yard or you want something to have an immediate curb appeal, you’ve probably covered all your bases with a number of the latest plant stand DIY projects and tutorials. The usual material for a plant stand looks like wood, but luckily there are a number of other options as well. Metal, cast iron, resin, and plastic are all viable options, though you might want to skip on that last choice if you’re looking for long-lasting results. Wood is the usual material of choice for indoor plant stands, especially because it’s easy to clean, fairly inexpensive, and strong enough to withstand high winds. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular DIY plant stand plans and the materials they’re made out of.
One of the popular DIY options for outdoor stands is an aluminum vertical garden stand. These are usually made out of galvanized steel to ensure they’ll be able to handle the weight of multiple heavy plants. They can be used with potted plants or in-ground. They have varying lengths and heights, so if you want to set up a small, cheap exhibit in your front yard you can, and they make great starter models for any number of plant species, from clematis to California poppies. Don’t worry, these won’t be sitting on the patio until next season – they’ll be enjoying all the sights and sounds of your garden straight away.
To create an indoor display, you can either go with a clear acrylic stand or one that’s built out of lightweight aluminum. The clear acrylic stands can have one or multiple light tubes affixed to the top for displaying delicate blooms during the day. This type of stand gives the viewer the whole garden up close, from below, and can be tilted and angled for optimal sunlight visibility. For those who want a more elaborate indoor display, however, go with the aluminum stand with light tube units. The exposed aluminum gives the outdoors a bit of exposure, and the light tubes make the display look much more professional. A good combination!
If you’re looking for indoor plant stand DIY ideas, the clear acrylic stands are really your only option. But don’t discount the possibility of using other materials for an outdoor ornament such as a wooden frame or even a rectangular box with multiple sections. The square shape of the box is great for showcasing entire specimen families or individual plants. It can also be decorated with hanging baskets and other decor items for that authentic outdoor look.
Many DIY enthusiasts like to turn their collections into something they can use in their own gardens by building what’s called a “scrap wood” display. There are many sources for scrap wood that are not necessarily attractive, but will work well nonetheless. Visit garage sales and thrift stores. Look for old, aged wooden plates that may be bent or broken. Buy a large enough plate and add some smaller pieces of scrap wood that match its size. Use screws to attach it all together and then frame it in whatever design you like best.
You can use this same idea in your green view cases. Simply find some smaller stands at different heights, stack them side by side and cover one with clear, lightweight plastic sheeting. Use clear tubing to run it across the back, exposing the inside. Do the same for the other side table. Now you have two separate stands that can be used to house plants or specimens.
One great way to create the illusion of a longer, thicker natural color wood is to cut small pieces of wood that are the same size as your natural plant, measure, and glue them together vertically. This will make a natural-looking stool that looks as if it’s taller than it really is. To add some more interest you could nail on some iron or metal supports. Some people love to add some pvc pipes too. If you get creative, there really isn’t any end to the wonderful designs you can make.
You can use this same technique to decorate your leisure time tables. Instead of using floral centerpieces, use a mini-version of the same vases instead, place them onto a table and fill them with potted plants that match the same color palette. They’re not only decorative but they help keep your table looking clean and orderly. A plant stand DIY mini-plan is something that everyone can enjoy.