I'm addicted to plants. I counted 21 in my living room. I'm always looking for plants. To help with my addiction, I was looking up how to make plant pots, but lets be honest, I don't want 20 of the same plant pot. It gave me the idea of making my own plant stand! Cost me $15 to make two! I can make a few more at no cost if I had more branches as legs of the stand!
- 2 buckets (I bought a 5-gallon bucket ($3.25) and a 2-gallon bucket ($1.88) from Home Depot so I can make two size stands)
- mixing stick (I had some around the house, but at most $1?)
- quick setting concrete mix (I got a 50 lb cheapest bag. It had gravel in it, but I like the rustic look ($5.25))
- wooden dowel 1" x 48" ($3.98) OR at least 1 in diameter tree branches (sturdy enough to hold a block of concrete)
First cut the wooden dowel into three even pieces. I just cut the 48 inches into 3 = 16 inches. For the wooden branches, I cut 3 pieces into 10 inches. Make sure to cut these pieces before mixing the concrete. I made the mistake of mixing the concrete and then it dried to fast and I couldn't stick the dowels in.
Next, decide which bucket you want as the diameter of your stand (the plant stand with dowels as legs, I used the 5 gallon. The other plant stand, I used the 2-gallon bucket). Use the other bucket as a mixing bucket. I added a few cups of concrete and added water. I've never worked with concrete before and didn't have clear direction on the consistency so I would say, mix until it was the consistency of mustard. Not too watery, but not too thick. Pour the mix into the other bucket. Tap the sides of the bucket to smooth it out. I looked at the shadow and made sure the concrete was a few inches. I then added the three dowels. There isn't a technique to this. I didn't measure. I'd say about two inches apart and make sure they are evenly apart.
Now let it dry! For the little plant stand I made, it took only a few hours to dry (3 or so), but I left it out to dry for 24 hours just in case. For the bigger stand, I left it outside overnight. After it is dry, Flip the bucket over, tap on the sides, and wiggle it out. It might take a few minutes, but it should slide right out! No need to break the bucket. I stained the dowels to match my wood furniture. Done! I loved how it turned out! It's so inexpensive and easy to make!! I've already gotten a couple of request to make them for my friends! I still have over half the bag of concrete - just need to get more dowels or branches. Let me know if you make it!
Just because I wanted to have a slideshow of my plant addiction ;) ...
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Kristi Q Le
Hi! I'm Kristi. I'm starting a new chapter...more like book...of my life. I'm a mama of 2. Going to take adventures and try new things! YOLO, but in a Godly way!