That Cost How Much?! - Plant Stand Edition

Today it’s time to ask ourselves once again, That Cost How Much?!. This time we aren’t grabbing multiple items from the same crazy expensive store, but are looking for plant stands from a bunch of different stores (because plant stands can be stupid expensive). Let’s get started!


ANTHROPOLOGIE PLANT STAND

WHAT YOU’LL NEED…

  • Shallow wooden bowl/plate (thrifted) - $2

  • Copper pipe caps x 3 - $2

  • Wooden dowel (the same thickness as the copper pipe caps) - $4

  • Screws

  • Screw driver

  • Stain - $8

So looking at the original anthropologie plant stand, it basically looks like a basket sitting on top of some legs so that’s what we’re going to make! Start with a shallow wooden bowl/plate. We see these kinds of decorative bowls at the thrift store all of the time! To make the legs, we’re going to need three basic wooden dowels and three copper pipe caps (the same size as our dowels).

Start off by drilling holes into the tops of all three of your copper pipe caps. These pilot holes should be the size of the screws we plan to use later, and will act as pilot holes to make attaching the caps to the bowl much easier.

 

Next is to attach the pipe caps to the bottom of the bowl. A fun trick to help space these caps evenly is to grab a piece of string and wrap it around the bottom of your bowl. Trim off where your string overlaps and lay it straight on a flat surface. Measure the length of the piece of string, divide that number by three, mark that measurement three times on your piece of string, and wrap it back around the base of your bowl. Now simply add the pipe caps at each of the three marks you made on your string!

Before screwing your caps into the bowl, add some construction adhesive to add some extra stability. Time to move on to the legs!

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We grabbed one dowel that we are going to cut into three even pieces to act as our legs. Once cut, go ahead and sand the ends of the dowels to make them look a bit more rounded and polished, we used an electric sander for this.

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Next, stain the dowels to match the colour of the bowl.

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Once everything is dry, add construction adhesive to the inside of the pipe caps and insert the dowel legs!

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THE ORIGINAL PRICE: $56

OUR DIY: $26.50

POTTERY BARN PLANT STAND

WHAT YOU’LL NEED…

  • 4 foot piece of ¾” by ¾” cedar wood (x4) - $3.30

  • Metal bucket - $3

  • Black paint - $3.70

We’re going to start with our ¾” by ¾” cedar wood pieces. Go ahead and cut one 9 1/4 inch piece off of each piece of cedar and one 10 ¾ inch piece off of each piece of cedar. The remaining length of each of the four pieces will act as the legs of our plant stand!

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Next, create two squares out of the 9 ¼ inch pieces and the 10 ¾ inch pieces. Use two of the shorter pieces and two of the longer pieces per square. We used a nail gun and some wood glue to attach these pieces together.

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Next, attach the two squares together using the longer leg pieces and the same nail gun and wood glue technique as before. If you want to add some extra security, feel free to use L brackets on each of the joints. Next, fill in any holes with wood filler and sand before painting!

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We painted the whole thing with some black paint. Next, remove the handle from your bucket and it’s ready to use as a pot!

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THE ORIGINAL PRICE: $263

OUR DIY: $10

WEST ELM PLANT STAND

YOU WILL NEED…

  • Thrifted pot - $6

  • 1x4” pine

  • Stain - $8

Start with a white pot. We found this creamy white one at the thrift store and spray painted it a crisp white. Once everything is dry, measure how long the base of your pot is. Next, grab a 1x4” piece of pine wood and mark off the length of your pot onto the wood. Do this twice to create two pieces of wood the length of your pot. Leave a little gap between the two measurements because the saw can eat up some of the wood.

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Because the base of the planter sits inside of the stand, we’ll need to measure the base of our planter and carve out a spot for it in the wood. Measure the size of the smaller base of the planter and mark that measurement onto the pre cut pieces of wood. Next decide how deep you want this part and mark that onto the wood. Once you connect these marks, you should have a thin rectangle on the top of each of your pieces of wood. Next, use a bowl or another round object to draw out the rounded bottom part of the plant stand on the opposite side of your thin rectangle. Finally, there needs to be a notch on each piece of wood so that the two pieces are able to slide together. Measure out the thickness of your wood, and draw a small rectangle of this same thickness right up against your thin rectangle on one of your pieces of wood, and right up against your half circle on the second piece of wood.

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Next, grab a drill bit and a drill. The drill bit should be the same width as the jigsaw you plan to use to cut out your shape. Add holes with the drill on any part of your design that the saw cannot get to. Once that’s all done, go ahead and use a jigsaw to cut everything out! Once your pieces are cut, go ahead and sand everything down.

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Next, use some wood glue to attach the two pieces together. Next, add a screw down the center of the stand to make sure everything was extra secure. Once the wood glue is dry, we added a reddish brown stain to the stand!

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Add a plant into your pot and you’re all done!

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THE ORIGINAL: $70

OUR DIY: $26.50

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