8 DIY Plant Stand Ideas That Will Instantly Spruce Up Your Space

"Need some new ways to display your favorite plants this summer? Here are some creative upcycling projects with beautiful results!"

As spring begins to roll around, many of us are itching to turn our homes into plant paradises. From trailing houseplants to DIY plant stands, we’ve got you covered.

Did you find any scraps around the house during spring cleaning that you just don’t know how to put to use? Well, we’re here to show you how to turn that trash into treasure! By upcycling old items—whether it’s textiles, wood, or even a bicycle—you’re bettering the planet and keeping trash out of landfills.

We have a diverse array of DIY plant stand ideas to share, many of which will work indoors or outdoors. Stick around and see if any of these stands are your next craft! And if you’re looking for more eco-friendly DIY projects, check out these DIY wall decor ideas.

8 DIY Plant Stand Ideas to Try

1. Tiered Scrap Wood Planter

Photo: Anika’s DIY Life

There are several ways to cut and place scrap lumber to make a beautiful plant stand. For this DIY plant stand, all you have to do is nail the pattern together and you’re good to go. You can also arrange the wood to create beautiful vertical or triangle-shaped stands, too. Get creative with it!

2. Thrifted Bird Cage Planter

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Photo: House of Hawthornes

Yes, you can use a birdcage to house a miniature garden instead of pet birds! A birdcage can make for an adorable planter in your home or out on the porch. You can repaint it, distress it, and even add fairy lights depending on how much you care to customize it.

And if you don’t have a birdcage handy, check local thrift stores and online marketplaces. You can grab a secondhand option at an affordable price. From succulents to crawling ivy vines, just about anything would look lovely in your upcycled birdcage. You’ll definitely be able to create a unique arrangement.

3. DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

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Photo: Jenny Lemons

For the truly crafty among us, this is a beautiful way to display your plants. Though plant hangers aren’t stands per se, these plant hangers are bound to spruce up any room in your home.

Take a small and sturdy rope, tie knots in some of the many patterns that macrame has to offer, and you’re off to a great start. This look works great for indoor or outdoor situations and is the perfect way to mix and match plants while tying them together in a coherent theme.

4. Tiered Folding Ladder

Have an old ladder in storage? You can turn it into a beautiful display piece. All you have to do is lay some scrap wood across the steps, secure it, paint it, and enjoy! This ladder makes for a great statement piece addition to any backyard or home.

5. Bicycle Planter

red city bike beside brown wooden fence during daytime

In this hack, you can take any bike, vintage or otherwise, sand it, paint it, and add as many overflowing plants and flowers as you please.

You have options here, like taking off the seat to make room for more planting boxes or taking off the tires for a different aesthetic look. You can even keep the bike functional and ready to roll at any time by keeping plants in the front basket and strongly secured to the rear rack.

6. Woven Recycled Fabric Twine Upcycled Planter

diy plant stand
Photo: My Poppet Makes

Textiles wreak havoc on the environment, especially when sent to landfills. This craft is perfect for those extra fabric scraps that are too small to use anywhere else. It also works for older stained or tattered clothing, sheets, or rags.

To change the color of your fabric scraps, use natural dyes made from beets, dandelions, rose petals, red cabbage, turmeric, and more. Mixing and matching dyes can add a fun pop of color to your project.

To start this DIY cut your fabric into thin strips, twist them tight, and combine them with another piece of fabric. Glue them to your pot and voilà!

7. DIY Colorful Stacked Book Plant Stand

diy plant stand
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

This DIY upcycles old books—whether they’re thrifted or from your own library—and turns them into a colorful plant stand (or any stand for that matter).

You can repaint the covers if you want to match the colors in your room, or you can use the gorgeous covers your books already have. This DIY is easily customizable and doesn’t require any power tools. We love to see it!

8. Upcycled Lampshade Stand

diy plant stand
Photo: Craft Invaders

There’s always a lamp or two sitting around collecting dust at your local thrift store, so here’s an amazing way to make use of them.

First, disassemble the lamp and find the inner structural metal wiring under the shade. Surprisingly this wiring comes in several shapes and sizes so each stand will have a unique look! Next, sand and paint the metal wire in whatever color you please.

Sometimes a plant pot will fit right through the top and sit perfectly. Otherwise, you can glue a piece of wood or old plate to the top and place your plant on it like it’s a table.


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Need some new ways to display your favorite plants this summer? Here are some creative upcycling projects with beautiful results!

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