A few weeks after I made my last DIY copper plant stand/side table, I was driving home and spotted what looked like a tangle of copper pipe on the curb in front of a nearby house. The house was for sale a couple of months ago, and then the for-sale sign disappeared, and the new owner apparently began gutting it. Occasionally small piles of free items will appear on the curb, but most of them haven’t interested me. This time, though, I parked and immediately went over to inspect what I hoped wasn’t a mirage. It was just as I hoped–someone had pulled several feet of 1/2-inch copper pipe out of the wall, and now it was mine. Into my garage it went, to await its fate.
While waiting for inspiration to strike, I noticed that this split-leaf philodendron plant was getting a bit too squished in the corner of my breakfast nook/plant conservatory. It was ready for a roomier pot, and I thought it might also like to be raised up off the floor, closer to the windows. When I remembered that there’s a copper light fixture over the table, I realized that a DIY copper plant stand would be perfect for the room. But this is a really big plant, that needed a different type of stand than the one I’d made previously. So I got to work.
The copper light fixture in the nook (it’s this one from Rejuvenation).
I used these instructions as my starting point, but I modified the measurements to perfectly fit this Ikea plant pot, in the 9 1/2-inch size. Since it’s used, my copper pipe was pretty tarnished, and I polished it up a bit, but I left a lot of the patina because 1) I got tired of scrubbing, and 2) it gave it character, and 3) the only areas you can see it are on the legs.
DIY Copper Plant Stand
1/2-inch copper pipe – You need 62-inches total, but it doesn’t come in 6 foot lengths, so just buy a 10 feet piece.
8 1/2-inch copper tees
8 1/2-inch copper tube caps
Ruler or measuring tape
Rag or paper towel
1. Measure, mark, and cut your pipe with the tubing cutter.
For the same pot I used, you’ll need the following pieces:
(4) 3 1/2-inch
(8) 2 1/2-inch
2. Assemble the inner support square as you see below, using 4 tees and 4 of the 2 1/2-inch pieces. Add the other 4 2 1/2-inches pieces, and glue everything together. Gorilla glue is activated by moisture, so I swabbed the pieces I was gluing with a wet rag right before adding the glue and putting them together.
3. Add 4 tees to the ends of the 2 1/2-inch pieces. Glue, and let the glue dry.
4. Add the 7-inch pieces and the 3 1/2-inch pieces to the tees, and glue in place. Let the glue dry.
5. Glue the copper caps onto the ends of the pipes. Let dry.
6. Add your pot and plant!
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