$5 DIY Concrete Plant Stand

Did you know you can make a concrete stool or plant stand for only $5? I didn’t either until one day awhile back I browsing Pinterest and came across this video. I was in love! I had NO idea you could make a fun little stool with just a bag of concrete, a bucket, and a dowel. Oh Pinterest, how you never cease to amaze me.

SONY DSCSo for May’s Pinterest Challenge, I just knew I had to make my own! We didn’t really need any stools though, but I did need something to go on my front porch to hold a potted plant. If you want to make your own, it seriously IS as easy as the video shows.

pinterestchallenge1Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 bag concrete mix (I got ours at Home Depot for just over $2)
  • 1 dowel (ours was 7/8″, also at Home Depot for just over $3)
  • Measuring tape & pencil
  • 1 bucket (I wanted a smaller plant stand, so we used a 2 gallon bucket)
  • Saw
  • Painters tape (not pictured)
  • Paint in your choice of color (not pictured)
  • Paint brush (not pictured)
  • Optional: Sandpaper

SONY DSCTo make this adorable little DIY concrete plant stand, start by measuring and cutting your dowel into thirds (each leg was 16″ long).

SONY DSCCut a hole in your concrete bag, and scoop out a cupful or two into your bucket.

SONY DSCAdd a little bit of water and use a dowel to stir. I know “add a little bit of water” is vague, but we really didn’t measure anything out. We just kept adding little bits of water until we thought the consistency was just right; not too liquid-y, but liquid enough that the dowel legs sunk in easily.

SONY DSCMake sure to mix your concrete really well. We made ours a couple of inches thick, but you can use less concrete and water to make your “stool” or plant stand not so thick.

SONY DSCUse another dowel to gently tap the bucket and get out all the air bubbles. Do this for at least 30 seconds, or until you no longer see bubbles pop on top of the concrete.

SONY DSCNow rinse off your dowel and carefully push all 3 dowels in the concrete. We were worried our dowels wouldn’t end up being level and our plant stand would be awkwardly leaning to one side, but it wasn’t at all! Don’t worry too much about how level they are, just make sure they are equal distances apart (think thirds!).

Once your dowels are set, make sure it dries for at least 20 hours on a leveled surface.

SONY DSCWhen dry, bend the bucket outwards a few times to loosen the concrete. We made the mistake of using the legs to twist the concrete back and forth in the bucket, and unfortunately a few little concrete pieces fell off. However, I was able to just glue them back on later! Carefully lift the stool out of the bucket. If your edges are rough, you can smooth them out with some sandpaper, but I liked the look of mine the way it was.

SONY DSCWoohoo! You totally just succeeded in making the cutest little plant stand/stool ever! It may not be completely dry yet and may take several more hours for any dark spots in the middle to disappear.

SONY DSCPainting the legs is totally optional, but I wanted to add a cheery color to the bottoms. I measured and taped 4 inches up the legs and painted with an aqua acrylic paint. I might need to seal it later, since it’ll most likely get a little wet out on my porch.

SONY DSCIf you’re wanting to make a stool you can sit on, I’d recommend using a 5 gallon bucket and thicker dowels to hold a person’s weight. I just wanted a mini plant stand, so my 2 gallon bucket and thinner dowel worked just fine.

SONY DSCI can’t get over how cute it looks next to my front door, AND next to my adorable little DIY hello/goodbye doormat! Ahh!



SONY DSCPerfect little addition to our front porch for the summer!

If you want to check out some more fun Pinterest-inspired projects, then hop around to these fabulous blogger’s pages below!

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$5 DIY Concrete Planter Stand || Dwelling In Happiness

DIY Animal Place card Holders || Lily Allsorts

How to Make Fabric Rosettes || Burlap and Babies

Wine Glass Succulents || Tastefully Frugal 

Divide and Conquer Drawers || Sum of their Stories

Plywood World Map Art || Sisters, What

Hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!

(I link up at these fun parties!)


72 thoughts on “$5 DIY Concrete Plant Stand

    1. Thank you, Julie! I was thinking about making a set of 3 eventually, all different heights. I think they’d look so cute altogether! 🙂

        1. Ah Karen I’m sorry! I’m noticing the link isn’t working, either. I’ll get working on fixing it, thank you for letting me know!

    1. Thank you, Carrie! Me too, concrete projects are SO fun! I have another one I’m working on, too. 🙂 I just love how cheap it is, and how far it goes! Thanks for stopping by, friend, hope your weekend is going great!

  1. Projects with concrete always call my name…..I have a feeling I’d totally mess up the actual concrete portion of this project, but I’d love to buy something like this! The painted tips of the legs really make this stool/plant stand something unique. And I never got a chance to comment before, but I ADORE that doormat you made!
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    1. Thank you so much, Jamie! I was totally scared to attempt this, having no idea how it’d actually turn out! But I’m so happy with it! Thanks for popping over for a visit, hope you had a lovely weekend! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Amy!! It definitely needed a little color and the legs were the perfect place for it! Hope you had a lovely weekend, friend! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cat! The dipped legs are my favorite part. 🙂 I totally didn’t think this would turn out, but I’m so happy it did! Hope you have a fabulous week. 🙂

  2. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  3. I’m horrible at any kind of DIY…but this one seemed easy (and cheap) enough to try. So I have it a shot last weekend and it turned out GREAT!!!! Thank you very much for sharing!! 🙂

  4. The first couple I made came out perfect, it’s a wonderful diy! But I’ve been trying to make a couple more and the concrete keeps immediately breaking the first time I stretch the bucket to start to try and pull it out after 24 hours, do you have any idea what could be causing this??

    1. Hi Laura! Hm, it could possibly do with temperature while it’s drying? I’ve only made one so I’m not totally sure unfortunately! Maybe let it dry for a little longer, too? Let me know if you figure it out!

  5. Hi, Can you also spray like cooking oil for it to come out smooth? And do you think metal legs would work just as well? Looks great!

    1. Hi Diana! Both are great questions! I think the cooking oil is a great idea. It should come out pretty smoothly without any oil, but it might not hurt! And I don’t see why not about using metal legs! 🙂

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