So we’ve all heard of “pot heads” right? Either in the form of marijuana smokers or those ugly chia seed heads that are advertised at Christmas – but have you heard of pot feet? Little stands to keep your garden pots off of your deck or floor.
I came across pot feet a couple of weeks ago in a magazine and I thought “what a brilliant use of scrap wood!” Really, you could just cut four little blocks of 2″ x 2″ and place them under your pot and be done, but I wanted to come up with something a bit different and more interesting.
I pulled some scrap 2″ x 2″ out of my wood bin and cut four pieces down to 3″ long. (See those crappy little tidbits do come in handy!) I drew a line 1″ in.
The 1″ section is where my design will be and the 2″ section is what will sit under the garden pots.
I was able to cut my simple leaf pattern with my Rockwell BladeRunner X2* , but I did bring out the scroll saw for my more intricate high-heel shape. (*affiliate link. There is no difference in price for you, the purchaser, but 100T2D will receive a small commission for referring you to Amazon)
I used my Bladerunner again to remove a section of the 2″ part of the wood. Low enough so that the plant feet will hug the pot, but not so low that there is no longer a connection between my little cut outs and the rest of the board. For these pot feet I had to work with the high-heel image/cut out, so I only cut about ½” out of the wood.
See how the cut leaf comes up the side of the planter pot slightly? It’s just a prettier look than a straight piece of 2″ x 2″.
I like the look of these pot feet in the plain wood, but because I’m using pine they will rot pretty quickly. I decided to paint them in outdoor-appropriate paint to help them last a bit longer and stand out a bit more.
These high-heel planter feet are so cute – but I think I like the leaf pattern better.
If decorative planter feet / pot feet aren’t your thing, then you can easily make simple, stained pot feet as well.
These pot feet are still 2″ x 2″ scrap pieces of wood, but they are cut to about 2″ long. I notched out a section using my BladeRunner X2 so that the wood would keep the planter off of the ground, but still have a lip to hug the garden pot.
I used a bit of stain and an outdoor polyurethane to seal them and done!
If you want to avoid finishing your pot feet, then cedar or teak are a better wood to use for outdoors.
The best part is that these will fit any size pot you can find. If your planter is smaller, you might only need 3 planter feet, but for larger ones 4 pot feet should do the trick to keep them off of your patio or deck and keep those pill bugs in check.
If you’re looking for larger stands (but in the same theme), then check out my West Elm inspired plant stands.
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Have a great one!