DIY Concrete + Wooden Plant Stand

It’s around this time of year, when things have been white & dead outside for several months, that I really start to crave the lush, vibrancy of green plants. There’s just something rejuvenating about their presence, don’t you think? Things may take awhile to green up outside, so why not manifest your own green inside? Usher a plant or two into your home with this surprisingly simple planter & plant stand. A little concrete & wood are all you need to make your new flora feel right at home.

DIY Concrete and wood planterView in gallery

Concrete planter with wooden baseView in gallery

Modern concrete planter with wooden base on shelfView in gallery

How to build a concrete wooden planterView in gallery

Materials for concrete wooden planteView in gallery


  • quick drying concrete
  • 1.75L paper juice carton
  • pint sized paper carton
  • sacrificial mixing bowl & spoon (ones that can be ruined)
  • scissors
  • duct tape
  • sand paper
  • 5/8″ thick square wood dowel
  • hand saw or circular saw
  • connector plate + screws
  • 4 angle brackets + screws
  • electric drill

Part I: The Cement Planter:

Cut the top of large juice cartonsView in gallery

1. Cut the tops off both the small and large juice cartons.

Mix up concrete for planterView in gallery

2. Mix up the concrete by adding 2 cups of concrete to 3/4 cup of water. Stir vigorously for about 1 minute. The package directions call for a 4:1 ratio, but we don’t need as much strength as this ratio provides. Plus using more water creates a smoother surface finish with less bubbles. Pour the concrete into the larger carton.

Place a smaller carton in the centerView in gallery

3. Place the smaller carton in the center of the larger carton, pressing it into the cement about 2-3 inches deep.

Tape the smaller cartonView in gallery

4. Tape the smaller carton in place with duct tape. Allow to dry about 2 hours, until completely hardened.

Concrete Planter ready for plantView in gallery

5. Squeeze the smaller carton to compress slightly, and remove from the concrete. Cut away the larger carton from the outside of the planter.

Sand the concrete planterView in gallery

6. Sand down all rough edges.

Add the plant into the planterView in gallery

7. Add your plant into the planter and you’re halfway done with the project! Now onto the plant stand.

Part II: The Wood Plant Stand:

Materials for wood plant standView in gallery

1.Cut your wood dowel into the following pieces and sand down rough edges:

  • Qty 4: 5-1/2″ long pieces
  • Qty 1: 4″ long piece
  • Qty 2: 1-11/16″ long pieces

X shape wood planterView in gallery

2. With the 3 smallest wood pieces, form an X shape. Position the connector plate so that it connects all 3 pieces by reaching over the perpendicular 4″ piece. Screw the connector plate to each of the 3 small wood pieces with an electric drill.

Larger wood piecesView in gallery

3. On each of the 4 larger wood pieces, draw a guideline about 1-7/8″ up from one end.

Add the bracketView in gallery

4. Position the angle bracket just below the guidelines made in Step 3 and screw into place. Note: If your connector bracket staggers its holes like mine, one of the angle brackets will need to be attached to the vertical post off center so that it will line up with the connector plate hole (see image below).

Attach the wood shaped xView in gallery

5. Then attach the wood shaped X onto the top side of the angle brackets. The connector plate on the X should be facing downward.

Flip the standView in gallery

6. Flip the stand over and place the concrete planter inside. Enjoy!

Modern minimalist concrete planter and woodView in gallery