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Tall Plant Holder

Give a small flowerpot a lift with this colorful wooden holder that can double as a centerpiece.

Tall plant holder with painted stripes.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1/2 x 6 x 48 poplar craft board
  • 1/2 x 2 x 48 poplar craft board
  • 1/4 x 4 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1/4 x 3 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1/4 x 2 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1 x 48 round poplar dowel
  • #8 x 1-1/4-in wood screws (optional)
  • Valspar Signature paint, 8 ounces: Exotic Sea (#5004-10B) and Autumn Glimmer (#2003-1A)

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Step 1

From the 1/2 x 6 board, cut two sides (A) 9 inches long and two bottom/shelf pieces (B) 4-1/2 inches long. Cut two pieces 5-1/2 inches long from the 1/4 x 4, 1/4 x 3, and 1/4 x 2 craft boards for the bottom (C), middle (D), and top (E) slats. From the 1/2 x 2 board, cut two handle sides (F) 16 inches long. Sand the pieces with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper.

Good to Know

Install a stop on your saw to ensure the parts in each group are equal lengths.

Step 2

Mark the slat locations on the edges of the sides.

Temporarily tape together the two sides (A) with the ends flush. Mark the position of the middle (D) slats on the edges of the sides (Tall Plant Holder Project Diagram, Drawing 2). The bottom (C) and top (E) slats will align with the bottom and top ends of the sides.

Step 3

Glue and clamp the bottom and shelf to the sides.

Glue and clamp the sides (A) to the bottom and shelf (B) with the bottom face of the shelf be flush with the marks for the bottom edge of the middle slat (D) (Tall Plant Holder Project Diagram, Drawing 1).

Step 4

Add the slats.

Starting at the top, glue and clamp or tape the slats to the sides (Tall Plant Holder Project Diagram, Drawing 2). (There should be a 3/4-inch space between the slats.)

Step 5

Glue the handle sides to the plant holder.

If you plan to attach the handle (G) to the handle sides (F), drill centered 9/16-inch holes 3/4 inch from the tops of the handle sides. Then countersink the holes. Glue and clamp the handle sides (F) centered on the sides (A) (Tall Plant Holder Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Measure between the tops of the handle sides and cut the handle (G) a hair longer than that measurement. If you plan to attach it to the handle sides, drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole 1 inch deep centered on each end of the dowel handle.

Step 6

Tape off the slats and handle where you’ll paint stripes. Then apply two coats of paint in the colors of your choice (Exotic Sea and Autumn Glimmer shown).

Step 7

Depending on the size of pot and flower you’ll display, you can add the pot before or after installing the dowel handle (G). To install the handle, drive 1-inch wood screws through the countersunk holes in the handle sides (F) and into the handle pilot holes.