DIY Mid-Century Modern Plant Stand

Mid-century modern plant stand

The Spruce / Caylin Harris

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 hr, 3 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr, 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 modern planter
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $20

What if we told you that instead of spending big bucks on the perfect mid-century modern plant stand, that you could quickly and easily make your own? This project is seriously simple if you're comfortable using some light power tools. Think of this like the perfect DIY for a Saturday afternoon. With a little effort you can get the store bought look without the price tag. Here's how to make your own!

mid-century modern plant stand without plant
Caylin Harris

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • Screw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screw gun


  • 1 beautiful piece of wood
  • Screws (two-inch)
  • Potted plant


  1. Measure Your Wood Pieces

    Using your tape measure and a pencil to measure out a square, the one we cut here was six inches by six inches. Then you'll want to measure the legs of the plant stand. Measure out four legs, the length we used here was 11.5" x 1" x 1". A little note about the type of wood you use. If you use a pretty piece of wood that's naturally a beautiful color, you don't need to stain or paint the wood. If you don't like the color of the wood, then you can paint or stain it! Just go with your instincts.

    Measuring the wood.
    Caylin Harris
  2. Cut Your Square

    For all of the cuts on this piece of wood, you're going to use a jigsaw. There are a few benefits to using a jigsaw but the biggest one here is that it's the easiest saw for a beginner to learn how to cut wood. That being said please take all safety precautions and pay close attention to what you're doing while you operate the saw. Another advantage of the jigsaw is that it can cut intricate shapes, which makes it ideal for this project too. All you're going to need to do is cut on your pre-measured line! Cut out your square and then set it aside.

    Cut square of wood
    Caylin Harris
  3. Cut the Legs

    You've got them pre-measured so now all you have to do is cut out your outline for the legs of your plant stand. Working slowly and carefully, you're going to use your jigsaw to cut the legs out. Cutting all of this wood is the most time consuming part of this project! But never rush when you're using power tools.

    Cutting the wood legs.
    Caylin Harris
  4. Screw on the Legs

    Pay attention to where you're placing the wood square, you want there to be enough leg below and above the square to get this look. Take your screws, and starting from the outside of the leg, screw through until the screw is planted firmly through the leg and through the square. If you're feeling weird about having the screws show, you can opt for a prettier version that has a warm metallic finish. Repeat until all of the legs are secured.

    Screwing on the wood legs.
    Caylin Harris
  5. Finish and Style

    You're almost done! Then place your plant inside in its pot. This design has a few advantages, and one of them is that you can switch the pot in and out for a new design. We love this simple white glass planter; it goes really well with the clean lines of the plant stand, but do what works for you!