I am in love with the mid- century look.

Oh, course I was dying to get my hands on the mid- century plant stand that is super popular in any interior pictures I look at; you only need to look at my Pinterest boards to see my love for them! I’m super into having lots of greenery in my home (#urbanjungle) so this plant stand was the perfect edition to our home. My favourite? It has to be the West Elm one!

However, at £149.00, there was no way I was convincing Lee that our lives would not be complete without it in our home (you have to pick your battles when it comes to homeware you want to bring into your home) so when you’re at a loss, just DIY it! It’s what I did with our bar cart so I took on the task of a skill I’ve never really dabbled in before- wood work.

Fun little family fact- my granddad is a carpenter by trade. His workshop is filled with different types of wood, tools and impressive antique furniture (and yes I have my own on some pieces). Naturally, he passed on some skills to my dad and it was up to Papa Ransom to teach me the ropes (such as how to actually saw).

I would say this is a medium difficulty level, but once you actually get your head around the maths, it’s actually pretty simple! So grab your sabertooth saw (yer, I know wood terms) and let’s get cracking on!


You Will Need…

  • A Plant Pot: ideally one that goes straight up and down (does not angle out) so that it makes putting your stand together easier. I found mine at my local DIY store.
  • Plywood: you will need two types. The first needs to be a plank, ideally strong enough to hold to plant pot but also longer than the diameter of the pot itself. For myself, it was cheaper to get one long plank and cut it to the length we needed. Your second one needs to be rounded and long enough for how long you want your legs to be. Again, we got one long piece and cut it.
  • Wooden Dials: either find the ones you have left over from your flat-pack furniture (and check that the furniture is still standing…) or pick up a packet for less than £2.00. Needed to ensure strength and that the stand is secure.
  • Wood Stain: ideally in a dark stain to achieve that mid-century look but just grab a tin in whatever colour you want your stand to be.
  • Wood Glue: again require to ensure that your stand is secure and last the test of time.
  • Tools: some basic ones you will find in your tool box (hammer, pencil) but also a few special ones that you might need to borrow or buy: a drill and a wood saw.
  • The Kettle Filled with Water: because trust me, you are going to need a few cups of tea throughout this project to survive.


The Base…

So, the first bit needs a little bit of working out and wishing you had concentrated in GCSE maths a bit more. The first thing you need to create is a base for your plant pot to sit on. For this, we a create a cross and two planks of wood are going to slot into each other.

So, the maths you need to work out are the following below. To help, I will mention my measurements so you can see where the colorate on the picture:

  • First, the overall length of the two planks needs to be the diameter of the plant pot. For me that was 30cm.
  • Second, you need to mark the half-way part where your notch is going to go. This for me is 15cm.
  • Once you know your halfway mark, you need to measure the thickness of the wood. This was 1.5cm for me. From your halfway mark you need to mark half of your thickness either side so the overall notch length is that of the thickness of the plank (I’m praying I have explained this okay!)
  • Finally, you need to measure the height of your plank, for me that is 4.5cm. Where you have measured out your halfway mark, you need to measure half of the height length down and draw a rectangle that you are going to notch out for your planks to slot in.
  • Now you need to create the notch by sawing the wood and using a chisel to create the rectangle.

Now you have done all that, go make yourself a cuppa and rest your head for a bit.

Jesus, that was hardcore maths.

Now you need to drill holes into the ends of your planks on either side. The best way to do this is a template where you mark the holes on each of the ends and the distance from each hole. This is because you need the exact same distance on the legs so that everything slots into place.

Once you drill your holes into the ends of your planks, put in your dowels with a little bit of wood glue for extra secureness.

Get another cuppa and then we will start on the legs…


The Legs…

The legs are much easier to work out. Again, I will mention my measurements so you know where I am indicating to:

  • First, you need to work out how long you want legs to be, for me this was 40cm.
  • Next, you need work out how far up the plant pot you want the legs to go- I chose 20cm. My plant stand legs will be 60cm in total. Cut four in total.
  • You will then need to drill the holes for your dowels to go in at the bottom of where your plant pot will go on the legs. This is why a template is so important.
  • Once you have this, smooth the ends with sand paper.

Now grab a third cup of tea. This is the final stretch.


Putting It All Together…

Now you need to assemble the stand. Start by knocking the two planks so they slot into each other where you created the notches. Add a little wood glue for security.

Once you have this in place, you now need to attach the legs.


Where you have the dowels on the base, slot them into the holes you have made the legs. Again, add some wood glue so they are secure. Let this all dry before you give it one last sand down.

Now it is time to varnish.


Make sure you paint light layers of varnish on the stand, if it is too thick you will have gloops dripping down- which happened in my case. Do three or four coats for the perfect finish. Leave to dry before you put your plant pot onto the stand. Once you do, stand back and admire it like a proud mama/ papa you are for creating something so beautiful (so, just me then?)

Now it is time to add your chosen plant, find a corner to put it in and voila!


I finally got my hand on a monster leaf plant (or a Monstera deliciosa/ Swiss Cheese Plant) that can be delivered to your home- and Waitrose has pulled it out of the bag! They delivered to my home and I got 20% off it!

So, what do you think? Am I ready to start welding and making myself a mid- century bookcase? Check out my other home/ interior posts here on my blog.