Happy Thursday! Claire here with the perfect summer kick-off DIY. I don’t know about you all, but I am a plant lover. I have them scattered on my porch, decorating my shelves and still can’t help but keep buying more! What is better than displaying them on a plant stand you made yourself? Better yet, it is made with two of my favorite materials — copper and cement! Get all the details on how I made these simple (and completely customizable) stands below.

  •  3 buckets (2.5 qt., 5 qt.,  10 qt.)
  • 1/2″ copper pipe (10ft, 8ft, 8ft are the lengths I purchased)
  • 16 – 1/2″ copper tube cap
  • Husky quick release 1-1/8in tube cutter
  • quickcrete
  • wooden spoon (or paint stir stick)
  • sharpie
  • tape
  • level
  • cup
  • glue
  • tape measure

process photos by nicole mlakar

  1. Measure and mark desired length of copper pipe legs.
  2. Use pipe cutter to cut pipe at mark. I cut 4 at 30″, 4 at 24″, 4 at 15″.
  3. Measure thickness of cement top from bottom of bucket and mark with sharpie. Size of bucket corresponds to length of legs — smallest bucket with shortest legs, etc.
  4. Measure and mark 1 inch from the end of each copper pipe. This indicates how deep to set the pipe legs into the cement.
  5. Pour cement (all dry powder) into the bucket, stopping at Sharpie mark.
  6. Add water slowly while mixing until reaching a smooth, even consistency (an Elmer’s Glue-type consistency).
  7. Lay two pieces of wide tape along the top of the bucket.
  8. Repeat, making a tight tic-tac-toe grid as pictured.
  9. Place a leg in each triangular corner, securing with an additional piece of tape.
  10. Use a level to make sure each leg is straight.
  11. Set aside to dry for an hour or more. Once dry, gently ease it out of bucket and sand concrete as desired.
  12. Use copper caps can balance out any unevenness. Apply glue and adjust until all legs are level.

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