16 Best DIY Outdoor Shelving for Plants

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Do you love plants? Are you always on the lookout for new and creative ways to make sure you have the cutest shelf for them to stay on?

Then this post is for you!

Here, we have come up with some cool ways to showcase your perfect plant stand.

The best part?

They are made all by you!

Gone are the days when you used to have all your plants gathered in that sad little corner of your home.

It’s time that you give them the attention they deserve!

DIY Outdoor Shelving for Plants

DIY Outdoor Shelving for Plants

We are going to give you tons of DIY ideas for your plant stands. Give the best display to your plants! Let your creativity shine.

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

1. DIY Standing or Hanging Plant Stand

DIY Standing or Hanging Plant Stand

Want to give your plants a unique look?

Go for this plant stand.

Also, if you don’t want to keep your plants on the floor, this stand would meet your needs.

With this stand, you can let your plants float in the air. And all your plants will be in one place. As a result, your garden will have a compact look.

Now, isn’t that what you want?

So, in order to make this beautiful plant stand, all you need is a stable frame and some strong ropes. From the frame, hang the ropes, giving them some beautiful shapes. In those shapes, you’re going to hang the planters. So be careful while doing this. Take the measurements of the planters in order to make sure that they fit in those shaped ropes.

You can get the frame from your nearby home improvement store. Get one just like you see in the picture above. This way, you will get some more base space. Store something there. This shelf will add more beauty to the area. And the onlookers will praise it for sure!

2. DIY Wheeled Plant Stand

Do you have not one but many plant pots?

Then you might find it challenging to carry all those pots one by one all by yourself. Is there something that can help you with this situation?

Well, yes!

A creative plant stand can be your ultimate solution.


Well, wheels can work!

This plant shelf with wheels will make it easier for you to move the planters around. You don’t have to go back and forth for each plant jar.

This plant shelf is for outdoor use. However, you can comfortably move it to the in

doors too, for times when you want to add a touch of green to your living room.

The racks are there to let you carry many plant pots. What more do your need?

So, what do you need to make this adorable plant shelve?

Get some wood, nails, and wheels – and you are all set to start making it.

Go to a woodshop and ask the store person to cut it according to your preferred size. Look at the picture. There should be six long-sized pieces, and the others should be in small sizes. Decide how many numbers of wood pieces you need. It depends on how many shelves you want to make. Each rack will need five pieces of wood. Of course, you will need more if you’re going to make it in a bigger size.

Once the wood pieces are ready, all you need is to join those using nails. Give them the shape of racks. When the wooden structure is made, attach the wheels on four sides. And your moving plant shelf is ready!

Place some plant pots on it and see how pretty it looks!

3. DIY Mid-Century Plant Stand

DIY Mid-Century Plant Stand

Suppose you are aware of the plant decoration trends. In that case, you might already know that mid-century modern planters are all craze at the moment!

And why will it not?

It comes with a clean look, pays emphasis on natural elements, and stands out.

So why not make this super simple outdoor shelving for plants?

This will oomph up your plants game and make your garden look stylish!

So, what do you need to make this plant stand?

Well, you need some plywood and some hairpin legs.

To be exact, you will need:

  • 3/4″ plywood
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • ¾” wood screws and 6″ hairpin legs
  • Varathane water-based polyurethane in matte finish

Now, how to make it?

Get a piece of ¾” sanded plywood. It would be 2 feet by 2 feet. You can ask the store person to cut it down for you to get it in your desired measurements.

Get a board of 1″ by 12″. The store person can cut it for you.

Make use of the ¾” wood screws and attach them to the plywood.

Give the wooden platform a light sanding. Use sandpaper for this.

Apply one coat of Varathane water-based polyurethane on it. We went for the matte finish as we like the look it creates.

Once the first coat dries, apply another coat. You can give three coats in total.

Leave it overnight to dry completely.

Once dried, place your beautiful planters on it and enjoy the beauty you just created!

4. DIY Metal Plant Stand

Do you like rustic decorations in your home?

Try this plant stand. This will give your home a rustic feel.

Don’t worry if you have heavy plant containers, as this plant shelf will do justice to them. It has a rectangular base – enough for providing your plants you with all the stability they need.

You can keep this on your patio to make your house look stand out.

We have made it in the color black. This complements your green plants and light-colored plant holders really well.

This plant shelf is quite tricky to make as it comes in wrought iron materials.

We were inspired by this design from Pinterest. You can do that too! We provided the design, and the wrought iron store made it for us.

5. DIY Open 4-legged Stool Plant Stand

DIY Open 4-legged Stool Plant Stand

In this first-paced life, we know that you don’t have all the time in the world to create a complicated plant stand all by yourself.

This is why we liked this simple plant stand. And trust us, it will not fail to impress your guests with its uniqueness.

For this, you will need:

  • ¾” hardwood dowel – walnut, red oak, teak, rosewood, etc.
  • 1/8″ dowels
  • 1 ½” x ¾” hardwood lumber – get the wood type same as the dowel
  • Wood glue
  • Drill press
  • Clamps
  • Table saw
  • Natural wood finish
  • ¾” Forstner bit
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Orbiter palm sander (optional)

Now, how can you make it?

For the crossbars, cut two lengths of 1 ½” x ¾” longer than the pot’s diameter.

On each length, measure the halfway point. Then cut out a 3/4″ x ¾” notch with a jigsaw.

Take each crossbar and clamp it into your drill press. Halfway across the Forstner bit, mill out each end halfway.

At the center of each end of the crossbars, drill 1/8″ holes that are ½” deep.

You already have a preferred height of the plant stand, right? According to that, cut four lengths of ¾” dowel.

In each ¾” dowel, drill 1/8″ holes at the desired height of the pot base. In order to have the best centering result, make use of a self-centering drill press jig.

To make sure that everything fits together, attach all the pieces together. Also, you need to ensure that the stand is leveled. Now, what if it’s not balanced perfectly? Well, you need to make the necessary adjustments. For example, you can widen the notches in the crossbars by making use of a coarse file. Or you can take help of your jigsaw.

Once everything is in place and fitted perfectly, sand them smooth.

Take wood glue and use it on each joint and dowel hole to make sure that each piece is tightly attached to the other. Now leave it for 10 to 12 hours.

To seal and give a finishing touch to the stand, use your favorite wood finish.

This stand showcases not only your beautiful plants but also your pretty container.

6. DIY Colored Books Plant Stand

Do you want to surprise your guests with some innovative shelving for plants?

The colored books plant stand has to be the one!

Now, did you ever get the idea that you can make a plant stand with books?

When we think of it, it’s quite unique, we must say.

Now, to give life to this idea, you have to use colored books. Then only it will look pretty as a picture.
So get those colorful books out of your bookshelves. It’s time for decoration!

Make use of different colors. The more colorful it is, the more attractive it will look.

You can use different colored book covers as well in order to cover the books in your preferred colors. You can change or rearrange the books to try out new color combinations.

To make this plant stand, all you need is to place one book on top of the other. Continue doing this till you reach the height you want to give the plant stand. See the picture for reference.

Once done, place your plant pot on it.

Use it on your balcony. People will appreciate your creativity and give you a tap on your back!

7. DIY Wooden Crate Plant Stand

DIY Wooden Crate Plant Stand

Did you know that wooden pallets can work as excellent plant stands?

Well, yes!

And you can find wood with ease.

As you can see in the picture, these wooden crates are large, and you can place lots of plant pots on them. You get to use the top part and the inside part for decorating it with plants.

What we like the most about them is that they are quite easy to make. And once decorated with plants, they look gorgeous.

How to make it?

The first thing that you need is to get some wood. The number should be according to your choice. Cut their length and width according to your preference.

Cut one hole on each of the two sides for the handles. Now, to form a rectangle shape, you need to nail all the pieces together. Make three of these.

In order to hold the piece together, cut the blocks. Nail the pieces onto the board. Across the bottom, add the slats.

Now sand the whole thing, and your plant stand is ready.

8. DIY Bike Plant Stand

This plant stand is easy to make. And it will not occupy much of your time too.

As the name suggests, all you need is a bike and some wires for this plant shelf.

And for the bike, you don’t need a new one.

Do you have a bike or a bicycle that is old and you don’t use it anymore?

But creatively, of course! Don’t throw it away. Instead, throw your planters on top of it.

So it’s time to utilize your old bike.

How to use it?

Think of the frame of your bike as your plant holder. As it’s an old bike, you can color it by making use of some pretty colors. This will give it a fresh new look.

Now, to make it look attractive, you can tie wires on different spokes. Insert your plant pots. Make sure to use some bright-colored pots, as this will hold the entire look together.

You can make use of pots of different shapes. Choose some quirky shapes.

This will make your plant stand to look gorgeous.

Place your bike in your garden or backyard, and people will appreciate your creativity for sure.

9. DIY Hanging Pallet Pot Stand

DIY Hanging Pallet Pot Stand

Now, this is one easy plant stand!

And you don’t need to do much for it.

You can get bucket-shaped planters from your home improvement store. Buy them either with hooks or without hooks.

You can buy hooks separately and then attach them to the planters too.

Hanging these on your garden wall is a great idea to make your home look stunning.

To give the whole setup a vibrant look, make sure to buy planters in bright colors. This will make the environment lively and fresh.

This works best when you plant small and beautiful flowers in them.

10. DIY Tomato Cage Plant Stand

Do you have tomato cages lying in your home?

Do you want to reuse it in a unique way?

Well, what’s better than using it as a plant stand for your favorite flower plants?

Yes! You can use tomato cages as plant stands!


So, how to make it?

Just as the name suggests, all you need is a tomato cage to build this plant stand. Also, to make it look pretty, you can make use of some colors too.

Cut the tomato cage so that your plant pot fits in it perfectly. For this, you need to take the measurements correctly. Once the cage is cut, paint it with your favorite color.

Now, wait for some hours so that the paint dries completely.

Once dried, place your plant pot on the stand.

This is as easy as it sounds! No fancy tools or no hard labor.

Only a few steps, you’re all set to have your next pretty and sleek outdoor shelving for plants.

11. DIY Bench Plant Stand

DIY Bench plant stand

Sometimes even a simple bench can change the whole look of an area.

And that’s exactly what happens with this plant stand idea.

It not only enhances the beauty of your outdoor but also indoor. For that, you have to keep it in your living room.

You can choose to place it on your patio or next to your window in your living room. And if you sit beside it, you will feel the cooling effect or the freshness of a green plant.

This bench can give your space a rustic look.

How to make this?

Well, you need some screws and a wooden panel for this.

Now, is there any old bench in your home that you don’t use?

You can use that too to make this plant stand. In that case, just make sure to paint the top and the legs of the bench in contrast colors such as white and black. This will give the plant shelving a whole new look. Again, see the picture for reference.

12. DIY Cement Top Plant Stand

DIY Cement top plant stand

Cement is not there only for making building construction, right?

What we are saying is, you can use cement to make a unique plant stand too!

Do you think it will be too heavy?

Well, no.

How to make it?

You need cement as its main ingredient.

Mix some cement, sand, and water. Next, make a flat, round mold using some thin wood structure. In this structure, you need to pour a mixture of cement, sand, and water.

Leave the mixture to dry completely. Once dry, remove the wooden mold.

Now, for the legs, you can use wooden sticks. You will need four sticks for one plant stand.

You can make more than one shelving and keep one in every corner of your porch.

Want to add some color to it? Paint it with your favorite color.

Place your planters on top of it to give your home a gorgeous new look!

13. DIY Five-gallon bucket Plant Stand

DIY Five-gallon bucket plant stand

What do you do once you use a five-gallon bucket?

You throw it away, right? Now, what if I told you that you could create a plant that stands out from it?

Well, yes, you CAN do that!

And for that, all you need is an old five-gallon bucket along with some rope.

What you need to do is cover the bucket with the rope.

You can be creative with the rope. Choose a rope that’s colored. You can use a dual-colored rope too. Or, if you want to give it a coastal feel, you can also use a plain rope.

14. DIY Marble and Copper Plant Stand

DIY Marble and copper plant stand

This DIY marble and copper plant stand can be a perfect addition to your outdoor decoration. It looks gorgeous when you keep it on your porch or patio or even inside the entryway.

This is not complicated to create.

So, what do you need to make it?

You need plywood, porcelain floor tile, and some copper piping.

How to make it?

To make the marble top, attach the porcelain floor tile to the plywood. Next, you need to cover the plywood with the tile. Finally, for the three legs of the plant shelve, you need copper piping.

This DIY project is quite simple. And it won’t create a hole in your pocket.

Go for it to enhance the charm of your home!

15. DIY Geometric Stand or Planter Combo

DIY Geometric stand or planter combo

You can use this geometric DIY box both as a plant stand and a planter. With this one, you don’t need a separate stand.

Now, do you like geometric prints?

Then you’re going to love this plant stand design. It’s gorgeous!

How can you make it?

You need some wood, paint, and a paintbrush.

To make it, first, you need to make a box out of wood. Then, of course, leave one side of the four sides uncovered. You’re going to plant your favorite flower on that side.

Once the box is ready, take some paint and the paintbrush and draw a geometric design of your choice. And your plant stand is ready!

Place this on the corner of your porch or patio. This is going to give your outdoor a new look!

16. DIY Hanging Rope Planter

DIY Hanging pallet pot stand

Do you love rope or macramé hanging planters?

We have good news for you.

Macramé hanging planters are trending these days. The best thing about these planters is that you can use them both indoors and outdoors.

Don’t have macramé skills?

In order to create this planter, you don’t need to be a master in macramé skills. However, a little knowledge is enough.

What do you need for this rope-hanging planter?

Rope and a shelf such as balsa wood, log, or any other square-like item. You can even use a wooden chopping board or tile.

How to do it?

Cut eight or four pieces of rope.

First, you need to tie them in a knot. They should be close to one end.

Now take your shelf piece, place the knot at its center and wrap the rope around every side in such a way that each side gets s rope supporting it. At the other end of the rope, tie a loop knot. And you’re all set to hang it up!

Which DIY outdoor shelving for plants do you like the most?

Let us know in the comments below!

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