DIY Craft Project: Make a Just-for-Kids Plant Stand

Get your kids in the garden with this easy and fun family project. 

Make a Child's Plant Stand

Make a Child's Plant Stand

Crafting plant stands for children is easy to do, beautiful to behold, and a wonderful welcome to the joys of growing food oneself. You will need: wooden window planting box with drainage holes/ two  1" x 6" x 19" boards, preferably cedar / two 1" x 2" boards, at least the width of the top of the planting box, preferably cedar / sixteen 1.25" screws / potting soil / lettuces, leafy greens or herbs

Photo by: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Image courtesy of Ashley English

Children and plant stands are a natural fit. The extra bit of height afforded by the stands takes their shorter stature into account, while simultaneously offering a means of injecting a bit of color and whimsy into the garden. Everyone wins! 

As the season begins to shift toward cooler nights and shorter days, many crops grown in spring can again safely be planted. Lettuces, leafy greens and herbs would be ideal for putting in plant stands. Children can be dispatched to fetch some lettuce for a salad or to grab a few sprigs of herbs for flavorings and garnishes. If several children are present in one household, each stand could hold a different lettuce variety. When the salad bowl is passed, pride over “their” lettuce could be displayed!

Here I’m offering two options for creating children’s plant stands, each one simple in construction yet beautiful in design. Both options can involve children in the construction, if desired, as long as parents handle the drilling and cutting. 

The first option uses a pre-made planter box, attaching it to two boards to create a base stand. The second stand uses four boards to create a cube top. Ceramic, terra cotta or plastic pots can be placed down into the cube. Alternately, large plant pots can be placed atop the cube top. Either way, the bottom of the cube is open, allowing water to drain down and away from the plant.

Cedar is a lovely choice to use with either plant box option, as it’s a durable wood that doesn’t deteriorate quickly. That way, children can continue to enjoy their plant stands, growing right alongside whatever they’ve planted!

To get your little ones growing, follow the steps in the gallery below. 

DIY Plant Stands

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Cute Pint-Sized Planters

Crafting plant stands for children is easy to do, beautiful to behold and a wonderful welcome to the joys of growing food for oneself.

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Option 1: Easy Wide Wooden Planter

You will need: wooden window planting box with drainage holes/ two  1" x 6"x 19" boards, preferably cedar / two 1" x 2" boards, at least the width of the top of the planting box, preferably cedar / sixteen 1.25" screws / potting soil / lettuces, leafy greens or herbs

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Step 1: Mark the Board

Using a 1" x 2" board as a guide against the widest part of the planter box, draw pencil marks matching the angle and width.

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Step 2: Drill Holes

Drill screws into the side of the panels. This creates a sturdy base.

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Step 3: Attach Board to Side Panels

Slide the cut 1" x 2" board in between the side panels until it fits snugly. Attach with two screws on each side. Repeat on the other side. If desired, sand the edges of the planter before filling with soil and plants.

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Option 2: Easy Vertical Plant Stand

You will need: two 1" x 6" x 19" boards, preferably cedar / two 1" x 6" x 11" boards, preferably cedar / eight 1.25-inch screws / paint, if desired / potting soil / lettuces, leafy greens or herbs

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Step 1: Make the Plant Stand

Leaving a 1.5-inch overhang on both sides, attach the two 11-inch boards horizontally to the two 19-inch boards, placed vertically. If desired, paint the planter before filling, and after the paint dries, sand the planter for a distressed look.

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Add Paint

Let your child paint his or her plant stand in a favorite color to give a sense of ownership and bring a dose of color to the landscape.

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