Power Tool Challenge – Repurposed Edition

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood

It is that time again… This month’s theme for the Power Tool Challenge is “Repurposed”. I bought two ceramic planters that I was crazy about but needed stands for them. You see, we have cats and they love nothing more than kicking my planters off of the porch or knocking them over in my flower bed. I figured if I made stands for the pots, the cats might have to work a little harder to destroy my plants (maybe)! These DIY plant stands are made with recycled wood that I got from work and went together so easily!

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood

I found the plans for these plant stands over at Hey There, Home. Corey did a fabulous job on them and I knew they would be perfect for my pots! I constructed mine using a biscuit joiner instead of a pocket hole jig or dowels but if you are not comfortable with a biscuit joiner, follow Corey’s instructions for using a pocket hole jig and dowel pins!

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Pots


  • #10 Biscuits
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper (80 & 120 grits)
  • Spray Paint (I used Aged Bronze Metallic)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw, Circular saw or Jigsaw
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Sander

I got the wood used for these plant stands from work – they are called “stickers” and are used to separate loads of lumber or other material. They are similar in size to a 2×3 but have a groove in one end for polypropylene strapping. They are heat-treated similar to pallets. Once the loads are broken down, the stickers are thrown away and I couldn’t stand to see that happen. I now have a huge stash of these under my carport (hoarders, unite!).

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Stickers

I used two stickers and started by ripping the grooved side off of the stickers on the table saw. (Please have all safety practices in place when using power tools!) The stickers are 1″ thick so I ripped one of the stickers into 1″ wide pieces. I left the other sticker at its original width – approximately 2-1/2″.

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Stickers Ripped to Size

I cut the 1″ pieces into 12″ lengths with my miter saw – 8 pieces total. I cut the remaining sticker into two 10-1/2″ pieces and four 4-1/4″ pieces.

I laid out the center X (the portion where the plants will rest) and made a mark at the center of each end of the shorter pieces, as well as marked the position of the shorter pieces on the longer pieces. I used my biscuit joiner to cut a slot in one end of the shorter pieces as well as on each face of the longer pieces at the center. For a super-easy tutorial on using a biscuit joiner, click here.

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Marking Slots

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Marking Slots Opposite Side

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Cutting Slots

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Center X Piece Top View

For the legs, I measured up 3-1/2″ from the bottom of each leg. This will mark the position of the top of the X where the pot will sit. I butted each X piece (long and short) against a corresponding leg and made a mark at the center of the X piece that carried over to the leg. I lettered each mark to make assembly easier. I cut a slot in the ends of the X pieces I just marked, as well as on each leg.

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Legs

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Slots in X Pieces and Legs

I applied glue to the slots cut on the longer X pieces and inserted biscuits. Then, I applied glue to the slots on one end of each shorter piece and assembled the center X. I used long clamps until the glue dried.

I applied glue to the slots at the ends of the X pieces and inserted a biscuit, then applied glue to the slots in the legs and assembled the planter. I used clamps to keep everything together until the glue dried. This is also a perfect opportunity to set the stands upright to make sure that all four legs make contact with the work surface.

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Clamped Stand Assembly

I filled the visible ends of the slots and any imperfections with filler and sanded once the filler dried. I used two coats of spray paint on the stands – the wood soaks up the paint like nobody’s business!

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Pots In Stands

As a side note, the stands can be made from any width of wood desired (1×2, 1×3, etc.). 3/4″ or 1″ square hardwood dowels can also be used.

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Stands Completed

DIY Plant Stands Made with Recycled Wood - Stands Close Up View

I love how the stands came out and want to give a huge shout out to Corey for the awesome idea! Hopefully, the cats won’t knock them over – the main culprit, Albie, is pictured below.


Take a look at the other awesome repurposed projects from the Power Tool Challenge team:

1 Hanging Picket Pendant Light by Designed Decor

2 Garden Bench by Create and Babble

3 Bed Spindle Pedestal Bowl by H2OBungalow

4 Industrial Cart Coffee Table by Refresh Restyle

5 Mid Century Headboard Bench by My Repurposed Life

6 Framed Wall Spool Rack Upcycle by Kim Six

7 Vintage Tennis Racket Table by Virginia Sweet Pea

8 Recycled Wood Plant Stands by Designs By Studio C

9 Rustic Coffee Mug Holder by Interior Frugalista

10 Repurposed Cabinet Door String Art by Domestically Speaking

Power Tool Challenge Team Repurposed And Upcycled Power Tool Projects

So awesome! I always love the other projects from the group! Have any questions about the DIY plant stands made from recycled wood? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2016-04-28 07:00:24.

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  • DeDe Bailey

    These are so adorable! I love the idea!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, DeDe! I love them, too!

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  • Wendi@H2Obungalow

    I’ve wanted to make this style plant stand for the longest time! I adore the clean lines and I think it elevates the plain old planter look a lot. Loving & pinning!!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Wendi! Not only are they quick and easy, but they can be finished in so many different ways!

  • My Repurposed Life

    I adore your plant stands. My daughter has been wanting something like this, so your timing is perfect.



    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! They are quick and easy to make!

  • Jeanie Kuklish Hevener

    What a great project! And thanks for the biscuit lesson – I clicked over ; ) I had no idea! I hope this keeps the cats from knocking over your plants!!! Pinned!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Jeanie! I love that tool – and the cats. too, especially when they don’t get into my plants! Ha ha!

  • Christy James

    I love these! They would look great indoors as well! XO

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Christy! They would look great anywhere!

  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    First off Cher, I’m so jealous that you have a biscuit joiner. Ever since watching Norm on This Old House I have wanted one of these babies in my workshop. LOL I love the Mid Century Modern vibe of your plant stands and I love how fabulously unique they are. I bet they’ll be a conversation piece amongst your neighbors and visitors!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Marie! The biscuit joiner is really inexpensive and easy to use!

  • These are so awesome, I love how you joined them!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Mindi! I love using the biscuit joiner!

  • Domestically Speaking

    So cool!!!! I need a biscuit joined!

    • CherTexter

      I love that tool so much and it is so easy to use!

  • Paula@SweetPea

    Awesome project and I love that you were able to use wood salvaged from work. I hope that your new plant stands keep your pots upright and protected from your sweet kitties.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Paula! I hope so, too… The cats are sweet but rotten! 🙂

  • Refresh Restyle

    Love your plant stands and Albie! Such a beautiful project!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! I love them, too, and so far Albie has left them alone! 🙂

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