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You’ll Never Believe This Stylish Three-Legged Planter Stand is a Simple DIY

The DIY planter stand with a round top and three legs with a plant in a yellow pot atop it, sitting between a yellow sofa and a white shelf.
Maca Atencio

If you have houseplants in your home, one great way to style them is by adding height. This can be done with the use of planter stands to elevate your planters. However, planter stands can cost a pretty penny. Trying to beautify your home on a budget? This DIY planter stand was made for you. Designed in a simple, Scandi-inspired style, we’re sure this modern planter stand will be your next decor staple.


Photo 1: Maca's main tools laid out on a white worktable. Photo 2: The round Styrofoam cake form being spray-painted a pastel blue shade.
Maca Atencio

Materials Required:

  • One 4″ x 7.8″ Styrofoam cake form
  • Spray paint in your favourite colour
  • Hacksaw
  • Two 3/4″ x 48″ round wood dowels
  • 120 grit sand paper
  • One 12″ unfinished wooden circle plaque
  • Hot glue gun

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A photo collage of Maca showing the round wooden plaque, measuring out the wooden dowel, and using a hacksaw to cut the dowels down to size.
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Step One: Spray Paint & Cut The Legs 

Begin by spray painting the Styrofoam cake form with your colour of choice. Spray two even coats in a well-ventilated space or outdoors and let the coats dry for at least 40 minutes.

While the paint is drying, grab your two wooden dowels. Using a hacksaw, cut each dowel down to 18 inches long. These will be your planter’s legs. (One dowel will make two 18-inch legs.)

Tip: Want a brighter top coat colour? Spray a base coat in white paint first, and then add your favourite colour after!

Maca trimming down the dowels to size and sanding off rough edges.
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Step Two: Sand The Legs 

As always in any wood project, sanding is essential. This step remove imperfections, irregular edges and the risk of splinters. Using 120 grit sandpaper, lightly sand all three legs.

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Maca marking the Styrofoam cake form's circumference on the wooden plaque with a pencil.
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Step Three: Let’s Work on The Base

Once the paint is fully dry, place the painted Styrofoam cake form on top of the wooden circle plaque. Center it perfectly, marking its circumference with a pencil.

A collage of photos of Maca measuring out the shape and size of the Styrofoam cake form on the wooden plaque, adding hot glue., and sticking the two pieces together.
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Step Four: Glue The Base 

Using a hot glue fun, apply hot glue on the wooden circle plaque and place the Styrofoam on top. This will form the planter base. Press down on the Styrofoam for a few minutes, making sure it is securely attached.

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A collage of pictures showing Maca fitting the round wooden plaque atop the Styrofoam cake form, taking measurements, and inserting the dowels.
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Step Five: Attach The Legs 

Mark three points equal distance from the center. This is where you’ll place the wooden legs. Where you’ve made your mark, poke the Styrofoam gently with your dowels, forming a hole. Add hot glue and attach each leg securely into each hole.

A closeup of the DIY planter stand, with a plant sitting atop it in a ribbed yellow pot.
Maca Atencio

Place your favourite plant on top — try and opt for one of your lighter-weight plants. Et voila! A stunning, simple DIY planter stand for a fraction of the price of a store-bought option.

The DIY planter stand with a round top and three legs with a plant in a yellow pot atop it, sitting between a yellow sofa and a white shelf.
Maca Atencio
The three-legged DIY planter stand sits next to a yellow sofa.
Maca Atencio

Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio

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