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Vertical DIY Plant Stand

DIY Plant stand with flowers on back patio

With the start of summer, I’ve been on a gardening kick and wanting to fix up our front and backyard with a vertical DIY plant stand.

We live in a town home so we don’t have a ton of privacy in our backyard, but we do have one privacy fence panel and some Arbor Vitae trees to help on one side. However, there was a gap between the two and I wanted to add some more flowers, so I decided a vertical planter DIY would be the best solution!

And I’m in love with the final result of my DIY outdoor plant stand, I think it’s just darling!

Update: I rebuilt this planter recently to create a DIY wood plant stand video tutorial for it and I added mums to it for the fall:

DIY plant stand decorated for fall with mums

The final size of this DIY vertical planter stand is 66.5″ tall x 16″ wide.

diy outdoor plant stand with flowers in front of fence and tree

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How to build a vertical DIY plant stand:

Materials Needed:

Tools Needed:

*I used cedar wood for my build since the planter stand is going to be outdoors and cedar is naturally more weather resistant than pine. Plus, I love the look of cedar!

**If planter stand will be used outdoors, make sure to use exterior primer and exterior paint/spray paint.

Video Tutorial:

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1. Cut your wood to size

Use a miter saw and cut your 2x2s to the following sizes:

  • 2 pieces at 13″
  • 2 pieces at 65″
  • 2 pieces at 12″

Then, cut the 1×8 to the following size:

  • 7 pieces at 13″

2. Add pocket holes

For each of the seven 1×8 pieces, add 2 pocket holes with your Kreg Jig to each side (total of 4 holes per piece). Make sure to set the depth for 3/4″ thick wood on the Kreg Jig.

*Tip: See my how to use a Kreg Jig post for an easy, step by step tutorial and video tutorial on how to use the Kreg Jig!

Add pocket holes to wood cedar wood boards

Next, add a pocket hole to each end of the two 13″ 2×2 pieces. And then add two pocket holes to just one end of the two 65″ 2×2 pieces. Make sure to set the depth for 1.5″ thick wood on the Kreg Jig.

Add pocket holes to wood boards for plant stand frame

add pocket holes to bottom of vertical planter stand boards

3. Stain and spray paint/paint wood

At this point, it’s easiest to go ahead and stain your 1x8s.  For tips on how to stain wood with a beautiful finish, check out my how to stain wood tutorial here.

Then, prime and spray paint or paint your 2x2s. I used 2 coats of exterior primer on my furring strips. Sand your wood really well first though, especially the furring strips!  Also, I spray painted my flower pots too since I wanted them to be white instead of orange.

stained cedar wood boards for back of planter

frame of planter wood boards spray painted white

terra cotta flower pots spray painted white

4. Attach planter stand frame together

After everything has dried, begin attaching your DIY plant stand frame together by attaching one of the 13″ pieces to the top of the 65″ pieces with 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and a drill.

attaching planter stand frame boards together with Kreg screws

Next, begin attaching the 1×8 pieces to the planter frame with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws and a drill. To easily attach them making sure the backs are flush with the back of the planter frame, use scrap 3/4″ thick wood underneath (I used 1x2s as shown in below photo).

attaching plant stand cedar wood boards to planter stand frame with Kreg screws

Continue adding all seven 1×8 pieces to the planter stand frame.

attaching planter stand cedar wood boards to planter stand frame with Kreg screws

 

5. Attach base pieces to bottom of vertical planter stand

Add the 12″ 2×2 pieces perpendicularly to the base of the vertical planter using 2 1/2″ Kreg screws. Make sure it’s centered too!

attaching plant stand base wood boards to plant stand frame with Kreg screws

Finally, add the second 13″ 2×2 piece to the planter stand frame under the last 1×8 piece.

back of diy outdoor plant stand attached together

 

6. Add the Wall Planter Hooks to the DIY wood plant stand

Attach the wall planter hooks to your vertical planter stand. First, drill pilot holes, then attach with the screws that were provided with the hooks. I attached mine every other board and centered.

pocket holes drilled into wood boards for planter wall hooks

wall planter hooks attached to diy wood plant stand with screws into wood boards

Time to add your flower pots and beautiful flowers! I just love the end result!

vertical planter DIY in backyard with flowers

flowers in a planter wall hook on Vertical Plant stand

diy vertical garden on back patio

Here are a few more photos of it decorated for fall with mums at our current home:

vertical planter stand DIY with mums

close up of diy wood plant stand

Would you be able to use this DIY plant stand stand for your home?! I’d love to see your version of this build! Feel free to share photos with me on Instagram or Facebook and YouTube! Happy building and gardening!

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diy wood plant stand with white flowers

And decorated for fall:

DIY plant stand for fall

DIY Vertical Planter Stand

 

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ColleenB.~Tx.

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Loving this. I do wish you had a 'print' button so that a person was able to print out the plans; I like the idea that you can put this up horizontal or vertical just by changing the design somewhat instead of having it free standing. Great to decorate for the holidays, etc.

Angela Marie Made

Monday 21st of September 2020

Thank you, Colleen. I will likely get build plans eventually for this. These are definitely a lot of fun to decorate for the different seasons!

Sue

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Hi! Did you have any trouble with it falling forward with the weight of the plants? Thanks!

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

We had a really big storm come through and it blew over and we had to secure it to a fence but that was the only issue we had.

Amber Marie Holland

Friday 3rd of May 2019

What size pots did you use? And were they just clay pots?

Angela Marie Made

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

6.5" wide pots from Lowe's. Yup! They were just clay pots that I spray painted white

Sarah

Sunday 25th of June 2017

So in love with everything on your blog! This will be perfect for my herb garden!

Angela

Sunday 25th of June 2017

Thank you Sarah! Sounds like it is going to be so cute as a herb garden!!!

STEPHANIE ABBOTT

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Love that planter. The wood stain you picked is so pretty too.

Angela

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Thank you Stephanie!

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