DIY Outdoor Plant Stand

If you have been following my progress over the past month you know that I’ve been super focused on upgrading my back deck.  Part of that upgrade involved partnering with Wayfair to add some colorful decor.  With that, I got a bunch of super cute ceramic pots.  They are the perfect size for my herb garden but I didn’t want to just have them sit on the floor of my deck.  To get them off the ground I designed and build a DIY outdoor plant stand made out of a single cedar 4×4 fence post and four cedar pickets.  Using fencing material kept the lumber cost under $40 which I was super excited about!

DIY outdoor cedar plant stand

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Tools

Miter Saw 

Table Saw 

Pocket hole jig 

Drill

Jigsaw

Palm Impact Screwdriver

Clamps

Tape Measure

Pencil

Ear Protection

Eye Protection

Dust Mask

Materials

(1) 4×4 x 96″ Cedar Post

(4) 5.5″ x 5/8″ x 6′ Cedar Pickets

Sand paper (120 grit and 220 grit)

2.5″ Outdoor Use Pocket Hole Screws

2″ Outdoor Screws

Titebond III Outdoor Glue

Teak Oil

Tips for a Successful Outdoor Plant Stand Build

1.) Plane the boards for a more finished look

I used a planer to even out all of my boards but the build plans do not require a planer.  If you plane your boards be sure to account for that lost thickness.  It’s so crazy to think that the slats started out as rough cedar pickets.

DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand

This is what all of my pieces looked like after they were cut, planed and the pocket holes were drilled.

Outdoor plant stand build plans

2.) Use an Impact screwdriver on the legs

The legs are pretty close together for the sides and it’s pretty much impossible to get a screwdriver with the pocket hole bit into that small space (even with the smaller bit).  I ended up having to use my Palm Impact Screwdriver which you can see in the picture below underneath the tub of screws.  This thing has been such a lifesaver on so many of my builds.

DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand

3. Don’t forget to use outdoor materials!

Cedar is naturally weather resistant but when it comes to the glue and the screws be sure to use outdoor ones.  I typically go with the Titebond III Outdoor Glue, Blue-Kote Kreg screws and Deck Screws.

Outdoor plant stand build plans

4.) Notch out the slats around the legs

You can use a jigsaw, band saw or even just a hand saw for this step.  Place a leg on top of the slat and mark around it with a pencil.  Then cut out where the legs will go.

DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand 6
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand 6
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand

5.) Insert screws on an angle

The cedar pickets are only 5/8″ thick but mine were even thinner since I planed them down to exactly 1/2″.  That doesn’t give much meat for the screw to bite into so I drilled 2″ screws through the shelf frames into the slats at an angle.

DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand
DIY Outdoor Cedar Plant Stand

6.) Finish with a UV protectant Oil

I went with Teak Oil since it protects the wood from sun damage.  This thing is going to sit in the sun most of the day so it needs any help that it can get.  I applied two coats and it turned out great.

Teak Oil

DIY Cedar Outdoor Plant Stand Finished Photos

DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand
DIY Outdoor PLant Stand

I’m so pleased with this little plant stand.  It gets my herbs and lettuce off of the deck floor so I no longer have to worry about damage if water sits under the pot.  If you’re interested in these specific pots I have a link to them in my patio decor post.

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DIY outdoor cedar plant stand

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What kind of plants would you put in your pots?  Are you more of a edible plant person or all about the beautiful flowers?  You really can’t go wrong with either!

14 Comments

    1. Thanks Allyson. This is the healthiest my plants have ever looked since I’m not traveling for work. I guess that’s one plus of being stuck at home. πŸ™‚

  1. This looks so lovely, a great way to give some height to an outdoor space. This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday later today πŸ™‚

  2. This stand turned out so good! I got a kreg jig for Christmas and I”m scared to use it. You motivated me to pull it out!

    1. Thanks Pamela. You should totally break that kreg jig out and use it. You won’t regret it. I promise!

  3. That should be “(3) 2Γ—2 x 96β€³ Cedar Posts” and not “(1) 4Γ—4 x 96β€³ Cedar Post” – correct?

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