Introduction: Plant Stands You Can Make

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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. 

Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed

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The usual concrete handling tools are used and the materials for decorating the stands are varied and numerous. For these projects, I used stained glass, glass beads, glass tile, ceramic tile and travertine tile. Most of the material I had on hand, left over from other projects so it is a good way to use up what you have and not waste anything.

Step 2: First, Mold Concrete Forms

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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

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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

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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.

Step 5: Glue Glass to Form

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For this step, I used a glue called Weldbond.  I followed their directions, i.e., made a 1 to 5 dilution of the glue, coated my form, let dry, then started to set glass into place by dipping each piece into glue, then pressing into place.  It takes some time, but goes rather rapidly.  In this manner, the lizard and kokopelli are completed.

Step 6: Use Pebbles for Shapes As Well

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I obtained some aquarium gravel in various shades of browns, whites and off-whites and used the same glue as in the previous step to place these on the form. 

Step 7: A Second Plant Stand

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For a more "formal" look, I decided to use some glass tile I had picked up previously.  One sheet of 12 in. square tile is sufficient to cover one of my large forms. 

Step 8: Glue Tile to Form

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I used regular tile adhesive to attach the tile to the concrete.  Following manufacturers directions, the tile adhesive is spread with the spreader tool shown.  Cut tiles to fit the spaces, and press into place.  Cover piece as needed, Then grout.

Step 9: Grouting Project

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I chose a charcoal or black grout for the majority of the tiled stand. On one side of that stand, I made a mosaic scene of sky, water  and sun.  The dark blue portion was grouted with a lighter grey grout, to make for better contrast.

Step 10: A Small Stand With Travertine Tile

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I like to vary heights of the stands so have made shorter ones as well.  This is covered with broken travertine tile, and grouted with a dark brown grout.

Step 11: Gallery

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The stands are placed where needed to add that artistic sense to the garden, patio benches, and so on. Some are left unfinished, as I like the look of concrete in the garden as well.

Comments

sonyad4 (author)2016-02-28

Very pretty!

Pumpkin22 (author)2015-05-04

Nice !!!

bamboochik (author)2014-05-10

Very nice!

Kokolady (author)2013-09-03

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)Kokolady2013-09-03

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.

Pfarmkid (author)2012-06-28

what is the red handled plier like tool shown in step 1. and what is it used for?

Creativeman (author)Pfarmkid2012-06-28

Those are tile nippers, and as the name implies, they are used to cut and shape tiles.

debdegraeve (author)2012-05-29

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)debdegraeve2012-05-30

I think I used veg. oil...just a real thin coat...my molds were cut from plastic covered mdf, and yes, they are reusable.

nejinets (author)2012-05-28

Nice

Creativeman (author)nejinets2012-05-28

Thanks

jessyratfink (author)2012-05-27

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)jessyratfink2012-05-27

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.

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