DIY Raised Copper Pipe Plant Stand

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.

(Image: Sarah Dorsey )
(Image: Sarah Dorsey )

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch copper pipe (found in the plumbing section) 
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker 
  • 1/2-inch copper T (qty 8) 
  • 1/2-inch copper cap (qty 8) 
  • Pipe cutter
  • Awl (metal marking tool) 
  • Hammer 
  • Scrap wood 
  • Ceramic pot (found at Ikea)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Ketchup (optional, for polishing)

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Step 1: Measure Pipe Sections

Measure your 1/2-inch copper pipes and mark at 3 1/2 inch increments (qty 4).

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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.

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Step 3: Form the Square Base

Insert the 3 1/2 inch sections of pipe into four copper T pieces to form a square.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step 7: Add Copper Caps

Place the 1/2-inch copper caps on all exposed ends of the copper pipe (qty 8).

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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.

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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!

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