When decorating a space, a room isn't complete until a plant is added -- it brings so much texture and life to a space (pun intended). Elevated plant stands have been popping up everywhere, and for good reason, it's like jewelry for your plant. With a few simple materials, and a little time, you can easily make your own copper plant stand.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2-inch copper pipe (found in the plumbing section)
- Measuring tape
- 1/2-inch copper T (qty 8)
- 1/2-inch copper cap (qty 8)
- Pipe cutter
- Awl (metal marking tool)
- Scrap wood
Ceramic pot (found at Ikea)
Nail polish remover
Ketchup (optional, for polishing)
Step 1: Measure Pipe Sections
Measure your 1/2-inch copper pipes and mark at 3 1/2 inch increments (qty 4).
Step 2: Cut the Pipe
Using the pipe cutter, cut the pipe along the measured marks. Tighten the screw until tight, turn, tighten again, and repeat until the pipe breaks off.
Step 3: Form the Square Base
Insert the 3 1/2 inch sections of pipe into four copper T pieces to form a square.
Step 4: Fasten the Copper Pipe to Secure
If any of the fittings are loose, secure them by punching a small dent into the copper with an awl and hammer where the sections meet. Place a piece of scrap wood underneath to protect the pipe. Repeat this step as you go, as needed.
Step 5: Add the Next Row of Copper Sections
Cut 2 1/4 inch copper pipe sections (qty 4). On the end of the T, add 2 1/4 inch sections.
Step 6: Add Copper Ts to the Ends
On the end, add copper Ts on the end of the 2 1/4 inch sections. Cut 5-inch sections of pipe (qty 8) insert into the top and bottom of the Ts.
Step 7: Add Copper Caps
Place the 1/2-inch copper caps on all exposed ends of the copper pipe (qty 8).
Step 8: Remove Red Text and Polish Copper
Finally, remove any red text with nail polish remover. With a tissue, rub the text off. Polish the copper with ketchup, rub on and off with a tissue.
Step 9: Insert a Potted Plant
Insert the ceramic pot inside the copper arms and place in your favorite spot. With about just an hours time and a little money, I'd consider this a DIY success!