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Make a Plant Stand

This elegant, handcrafted stand is an excellent way to display your plants.




  • Arm/leg template
  • 3/4-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • 3-foot piece of one-by-one wood (poplar or pine)
  • Double-sided tape or spray adhesive
  • Clamps
  • Worktable or sawhorse
  • Jigsaw
  • 7 8-inch round plaques
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Box of 1 5/8-inch wood screws
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer and paint


  1. Step 1

    Print arm/leg template and affix to a piece of MDF with tape or spray adhesive. Clamp MDF to a worktable or sawhorse. Cut the template shape from MDF with a jigsaw. Repeat this step 10 times to make enough pieces for a six-armed and four-legged plant stand.

  2. Step 2

    Center the flat 2 1/4-inch end of one arm on the front side of one plaque. Trace around the end with a pencil. Mark two points for screw holes within this rectangle, then drill pilot holes with a countersink drill bit through top of plaque. Spread wood glue on end of arm; secure in place on underside of plaque by drilling a screw through each pilot hole. Fill countersink hole with wood putty, allow to dry, and sand. Repeat to make six arms with attached plaques.

  3. Step 3

    Attach seventh plaque to an end of the 3-foot one-by-one wood piece (the stand "body") in the same way.

  4. Step 4

    On the other end of the one-by-one, attach the 4 1/2-inch end of each of the four legs to each side of the one-by-one. Mark and drill pilot holes with a countersink bit first, drilling at an angle through the curve of each leg. Place each leg against one side of the one-by-one, flush with the bottom, and secure with wood glue and two screws.

  5. Step 5

    Add two arms in the same way, opposite each other on the one-by-one wood piece, 2 inches above the top of the legs. Add a second set of two arms, 9 inches above and perpendicular to the first set. Add a third set of two arms, directly above and perpendicular to the second set.

  6. Step 6

    Fill all screw holes with wood putty, allow to dry, and sand. Prime and paint stand desired color.

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010



Reviews (9)

  • HeresDebbieK 27 Mar, 2010

    Oy! That is the ugliest plant stand I have ever seen.

  • KarenofMinneapolis 4 Mar, 2010

    Trippin' , MDF is heavy, but it is strong and dimensionally stable - doesn't warp. I would give it a coat of paint or two, and if I really wanted it to last forever, a coat of clear poly.

    Are you sure you aren't thinking plain old pressboard, not MDF?

  • Trippinoverstuff 4 Mar, 2010

    The plant stand is a great idea and I love the pattern BUT I would never use MDF around anything that could get wet OR that would support weight!!?!! Who is the advisor on this type of project?

  • kathy37166 15 Feb, 2010

    Be very careful when drilling holes and tightening down your screws. The MDF board will split on you.

  • glassgal 9 Jan, 2010

    Thank you for the pictureof the plant stand. Linda

  • jodiegirl4050 8 Jan, 2010

    why can't i print out the template.?

  • glassgal 8 Jan, 2010

    Still no picture of the plant stand. Please help us.

  • Kathy2U 8 Jan, 2010

    I watched your show, I loved the plant stand. I need the picture to show my husband.

  • Iagrammy 7 Jan, 2010

    Love the plant stand that was on the show the other day. I have the directions but would love to have a picture to show my husband so he can make it for me.

    My Mother-in-Law and I never miss the show. iagrammy