Brick Plant Stands

When we moved into our house, the patio had been extended with brick pavers. It looked very nice at the time, but the bricks began to settle unevenly, making the patio less than attractive. So, a couple of years ago we had the brickwork removed, the patio extended with a concrete slab, and a fire pit installed.

As the landscapers began to remove the old bricks, they asked if I wanted to keep them or they should haul them away. The bricks were beautifully weathered and I knew that I would be able to use them for something, eventually, and I chose to keep them. My first project was practical, compost bins. The second project was more aesthetically pleasing, plant stands. They were simple to construct and added a pleasant dimension to our new patio, making it one of my favorite places to spend my free time.


  • 20-40 bricks (multiples of four) for each stand
  • 1 - 16 x 16 brick paver for each stand
  • large pottery containers filled with plants


Notice in the materials I did not mention mortar. I chose to simply stack the bricks. That way I can change the height or placement of the pillars fairly easily if I feel like a change.

Decide how many plant stands you will be making and where you will be placing them. For our patio, I constructed five stands with varying heights.

Wherever you place them should be level. If it's on a patio, it's probably level already. If you will be building on the ground, make sure it's flat and compacted.

It's time to start building. Place four bricks to form a square. Make sure the bricks are placed snugly together leaving a square hole in the center.

Place your second row of bricks on top of the first, changing the direction of the bricks. The center of each brick in the second row is above the space between two bricks in the first row. (Look at the pictures, it will make more sense.)

Continue stacking the bricks in alternating directions until your pillar reaches the desired height. This pillar is five rows high, but I made others that are ten rows.

Once you have finished stacking your bricks, center and place a 16-inch square paver on the bricks.

Place your pottery on the stand and enjoy.

You could use your brick plant stands for containers that hold herbs, flowers, or other plants that will add color and life to your patio and yard.



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