DIY Copper Plant Stand
I love my kittens. I do. Getting them has been immensely good for my heart and I get excited to see them every day (I’d be first in line for the crazy cat lady starter kit, except my boyfriend loves them just as much as I do.) The problem with having kittens though (and especially having more than one of them) is that they are pretty legitimately insane. Each and every second that they’re awake, they are running around like crazy things, jumping off chairs (or, in one instance, balconies) and running into things – like all of our precious house plants. I can’t count the number of times we’ve sat cleaning up soil and nursing leaves because one of the kittens has run into one of the smaller plants and knocked it over. I don’t blame them, it’s in their kitten nature, but I went looking for a solution to get the pot plants off the floor and away from the prime war zone, which is where I found this awesome solution – a DIY copper plant stand.
Loosely following the instructions here (with a few key changes) I set off to Builders Warehouse, where you can buy everything needed in this tutorial (let’s all bow down at the altar of Builders.) Including epoxy drying time, this only took about an hour, so it’s a really easy project that you can get done one evening while you’re watching reruns of Gilmore Girls in the background (or is that just me?)
Here’s what you’ll need:
15mm copper piping – they sell it in metre or half metre lengths, and the length you need depends on the size of your pot plant. For this, we bought 1 metre and had a little left over
8 x 15mm Copper Tees
8 x 15mm Copper caps
Epoxy, or some other quick drying glue. We used Pattex Power Epoxy and it worked a treat
Pipe cutter (Builders has these for about R100 each, and it’s such a useful thing to own if you love DIY)
Nail polish remover (copper piping sometimes comes with text printed on it – use a little nail polish remover and it’ll come right off)
Measure once, cut twice. Copper piping isn’t cheap, so I’d recommend planning out your copper plant stand before you even allow yourself to touch the pipe cutter. For this particular pot, the drip tray at the bottom had a diameter of 20cm, and seeing as this would need to be sitting on the stand, we used this as our guide. You’ll need to cut your copper piping into 16 pieces – the sizes we used for this pot were:
4 x 4cm
4 x 7cm
4 x 10cm
4 x 19cm (this one is up to you – this determines how far off the ground the stand will sit.)
Remember that the pipe will need to fit into the copper tee (we found that it goes about 1cm in) so make sure to account for that 1cm when deciding on lengths. Once you’re absolutely happy that you’ve got the measurements right, mark them off on the pipe and cut cut cut.
The next thing you’re gonna want to do is stick on the copper tees for the legs. It’s really important that you do this on a flat surface so that you can level all the tees, and work quick cause the epoxy dries super fast. I recommend doing this one side at a time, and only joining them in the middle at end, or you’ll have a mission trying to get them together.
Once the central part of the stand is dry, you can go ahead and attach the legs, caps, and tops, and then boom – you’ve got yourself a lovely DIY copper plant stand. Just make sure it’s completely dry before you actually put the pot plant on it.
If your copper is a little smudged or rusty, tomato sauce makes for an AMAZING copper polish. Honestly. I use it all the time.
We loved this DIY copper plant stand so much that we also made a much larger one for our lounge, and I love how it came out. For this stand, we used the same process, but went for a thicker piping (at 22mm, so make sure you get the bigger copper tees, too) and obviously adjusted the lengths to fit the larger plant.
Sorry kittens, I win this time.