Instructables

Plant Stands You Can Make

Featured
Picture of Plant Stands You Can Make
In order to display some plants in containers I decided to make some plant stands to hold them.  I like to arrange various containers with plants throughout the garden and on the patio etc.  One way to do this is using concrete to mold some stands, and then decorate them with various materials. 
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 2: First, Mold Concrete Forms

Picture of First, Mold Concrete Forms
pc-p (2).JPG
pc21.jpg
ls29.jpg
lz-r.JPG
For the rectanglular stand, I made forms in two sizes: one is 5 x 5 x 11in. and the small form is 5 x 5 x 5in.  For one round plant stand, I used an empty oatmeal container...the round shape adds variety in arranging the plants.

Step 3: After Curing, Start Decorating

Picture of After Curing, Start Decorating
ls8.jpg
ls4.jpg
ls30.jpg
For plant stand #1, I wanted to use stained glass, and chose a lizard and kokopelli as my subjects.  The liazrd and  kokopelli was then executed in pebbles as shown.  After completing the gluing process, let dry and proceed to paint the surrounding areas in colors of your choice.  When dry, the entire surface is sealed with several coats of gloss polyurethane, water based.  Even with watering through the years, and of course, rain, these projects should last a very long time.  I have had finishes lasting 15 years, but will redo every now and then. 

Step 4: Cut Glass To Fit Shapes

Picture of Cut Glass To Fit Shapes
Using left over stained glass, I cut small squares of the glass and laid them out on my pattern printed on paper.  Glass is cut using stained glass tools; glass scorer, grozier pliers, etc.   I found I could cut 1/4 or even smaller squares, and these would become my "pixels" to glue into place on the concrete form.
Kokolady7 months ago
In these wooden molds, do you put wood at the bottom? How do you get the concrete stand out of the wooden mold and the oatmeal container?
Creativeman (author)  Kokolady7 months ago
Thanks for your questions. The wooden molds are screwed together, including a bottom piece which makes a "box" to pour the concrete into. simply loosen screws after concrete has set, 1 to 2 days. The oatmeal container must be cut a bit, and is not reusable.
Pfarmkid1 year ago
what is the red handled plier like tool shown in step 1. and what is it used for?
Creativeman (author)  Pfarmkid1 year ago
Those are tile nippers, and as the name implies, they are used to cut and shape tiles.
What do you use for mold release? I really like this idea and I have lots of old tile left over from various remodeling projects. Do you re-use the wood molds? Deb
Creativeman (author)  debdegraeve1 year ago
I think I used veg. oil...just a real thin coat...my molds were cut from plastic covered mdf, and yes, they are reusable.
nejinets1 year ago
Nice
Creativeman (author)  nejinets1 year ago
Thanks
You always make me sad I don't have a place to make crazy things out of concrete, haha. One day I will have a yard and go crazy. :D
Creativeman (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Not too sad, I hope. Thanks for your comment, and hope you get that yard! Need lots of space for all that we can do.
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!