Building Outdoor Plant Stands into Existing Surfaces

What You'll Need
Plywood, furniture grade
Finishing nails
Wood screws, 2-inch
Measuring tape
Writing utensil
Glue (optional)

Building outdoor plant stands into existing surfaces is not as hard as it may seem. While it's more challenging than building freestanding structures, the extra work required in affixing them to existing surfaces will only add an hour or so to the project if done properly. The instructions below are for the creation of plywood stands, but can just as easily apply to any type of wood. With slight modification, they can also be used for the creation of metallic stands.

Step 1 – Select Area

Before you can build an outdoor plant stand into an existing surface, you need to decide what that surface is. Exterior walls are often good candidates, but patio floors can also work if you are extremely sure that you want to permanently change an area by adding a plant stand to it.

Step 2 – Prepare Area

Before you can build into an existing surface, that surface must be prepared. You will be using the drill to drill holes that are large enough so that you can use screws and/or nails to affix the stand to it. Make sure that you drill holes through the stand and the surface or you will not be able to screw them together.

Step 3 – Assemble Stand

From the plywood, cut out two identical sheets that are 12 inches in width and 24 inches in length. Cut third and fourth pieces into a square with 14 inch sides. The first two pieces will form the standing part of the stand with the third and fourth forming the top and bottom.

Measure off the midpoint in the first two pieces lengthwise and then across the width. Starting from the midpoint, cut a notch in each piece of plywood that extends lengthwise to one end of the piece, and measures ¾-inch in width. Using these two notches, join the two pieces of wood together. If you've created the notches properly, you should see the two pieces of wood join together perfectly and form an x-shaped length. Secure the pieces in place through the use of finishing nails (using glue is optional). Affixing the previously cut top and bottom to the length is done in the same way, giving you a simple yet effective outdoor plant stand.

Step 4 – Affix Stand to Area

Using the holes that were drilled into the surface and into the stand, use screws to affix the stand to the surface.

Step 5 – Finish

At this point, you have a functional stand, but you might want to finish it with paint and sandpaper so that it looks a bit better. Either way, you can take a breath when done, because you have completed yet another DIY task.