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Plant pedestals ... easy to make from tubing or plywood.

These simple pedestals lift your house plants into the limelight.

Besides showing plants to their best advantage, they let you adjust heights easily--to give young trees extra stature and sprawling vines room to dangle. Pedestals call attention to prized pots and baskets. During the holidays, they can put gift plants and bouquets at center stage.

Pictured here are two basic kinds of stands--a paperboard cylinder and a plywood box. You can easily vary heights and shapes to suit the plants, containers, and display space in your home.

The cylinders are made from tubing used for forming concrete. Various diameters are available at building supply yards; we chose the 12-inch size (about $4 per foot) because it can hold big, 10-inch-wide pots and 5-gallon cans.

Buy tubing a few inches longer than you need. Following pictures at left, level one end, then mark and cut the other end the same way. Sand edges smooth.

To attach the 4-inch-long 1-by-1 stops, mark their location on both sides of the tube, then use 3/4-inch-long woodscrews to secure the stops inside the tube (predrill screw holes from the outside).

To cover each tube, you'll need a piece of burlap 39 inches wide and 6 inches longer than the finished tube height. Seal the cut fabric edges with white glue and let dry. Coat the tube with spray-on adhesive, then lay the tube on the burlap and press fabric into place. Trim the lengthwise edge. Tuck 3-inch surplus over ends and glue along inside edges. To smooth and seal the burlap, apply a coat of gesso (sold at art supply stores) before painting.

To catch drips, put a plastic saucer between plant pot and the plywood shelf.

The boxes are 5/8-inch plywood (A-D or paint-grade birch) with all corners mitered and glued; use 1-inch brads to hold joints until glue dries. If you don't have a table saw to cut miters, use butt joints and fill the exposed edges. Strips of 1-by-1 glued along interior seams add strength. Finish with oil-base paint.
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