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How to Make Porch Display Stands

Would You Believe for Only $1.64!

Want to know how to make porch display stands like these? For only $1.64, this is a quick DIY project for your front porch. You can use these seasonal stands throughout the year on your porch or steps to display potted plants in summer, pumpkins or mums for autumn, or hang decorative items for specific holidays.

Mary and I are currently using them for the beautiful $2 mums we purchased. That was a deal, too.





Adorable porch display stands - make for $1.64


We made these porch display stands for $1.64. Want a larger size? A double stand is just $3.28.

Let us show you how!



porch display stands with colorful mums


These porch display stands are so very easy to make and cost next to nothing for the wood. We made these with our grand kids. You do the cutting and have them put them together. At that price, you can make several like we did.



fence slat display welcome sign on front porch


We also made this tall stand for displaying a decorative sign and potted plant from a fence slat, too. So if you prefer to not hang on the wall, this works nicely. The tall stand instructions are further down.



DIY Tutorial: How to Make Porch Display Stands

Materials and Tools

  • Pine fence slats (5 3/4 inches wide x 72 inches by approx 5/8 inch thick) $1.64 each at Home Depot or the home and garden store of your choice


  • Nails (recommend 1 3/4 inches long or for screws (1 1/4 inches long). I use drywall screws. However, if you want to use your porch display stands outdoors for extended periods of time, I recommend using deck screws.)


  • Saw (use a hand saw, jig saw, circular saw, chop saw, or sliding miter saw)

  • Hammer, screw driver, or drill driver (dependent on whether you use nails or screws)

  • Drill and 3/32 inch bit and 1/8th inch bit (optional but recommended)

  • Tape measure


  • Square or straight edge


  • Pencil


Construction Process

We'll show you how simple it is to make either a single shelf or double shelf stand to the dimensions we used. You can easily modify the dimensions to suit your own needs - the process is the same.

I've broken down the construction process in steps (it is easier to do than explain) but all you have to do is measure, cut, and nail or screw. It's really that easy.



Step 1

Purchase pine fence slats from Home Depot or other home supply store. Ours only cost $1.64 each (price may vary a bit by store location). Select straight boards with as few blemishes as possible.

inexpensive fence slats at Home Depot
Found these on sale for $1.20. What a deal!


We made one double shelf stand (18" tall by 17 1/4 inches long) from one fence slat. The number of stands you can make from one board is dependent on the dimensions you choose for your stands.

Mary and I have also used this wood for bird houses too.

Step 2 - Cutting

You can use either a hand saw, jig saw, circular saw, chop saw, or sliding miter saw as shown to cut these boards.

cutting board with sliding miter saw
I'm using a compound miter saw but a hand saw will do!


Refer to cutting diagram below as needed.

Measure and cut the board 18 inches from the top of the board (dog eared end of board).

cutting diagram showing dimensions of porch display stand




Step 2A

Repeat Step 2 by cutting the remaining board at 18 inches.

Optional: Place the dog eared board on top of the other 18" long board and use it to mark the dog ears as shown. Cut the dog ears to match the first board.



marking board to cut dog ear
Use the dog-eared end as a template to mark the other dog ear.


Step 2B

Measure and cut the remaining board 16 inches.

Step 2C

Repeat step 2B



Construction Tip: If making several porch display stands, mark and cut all of your boards first. It will make the process that much faster.





Step 3 - Mark Shelf Locations

Mark each 18 inch long board two (2) inches from the top and draw a line across them at that point. This line indicates the position for your top shelf.

cutting diagram showing dimensions of porch display stand




Measure down 12 inches from the top on each board and draw a line across them at that point. This line indicates the position for your bottom shelf.

marking location of second shelf




Measure the thickness of your boards (ours were 5/8 inch thick) to determine the location for the nails or screws.

This wood can split easily so you will want to insert your nails or screws in the center of shelf board. This location will be half the thickness of your boards plus the distance from the top of the board. In our case, we will add 5/16 inches which is half of 5/8 inches.

measuring thickness of boards


Turn the boards over and measure 2 5/16 inches down from the top and mark accordingly. Then, using that line, measure in 1 inch from each side and mark accordingly. These marks are the exact locations for your screws or nails for the top shelf.

marking pilot hole locations


By doing so, you will be able to quickly see where to place your nails or screws to attach the shelf.



Measure down 12 5/16 inches and mark accordingly. These marks are you locations for your screws or nails for the bottom shelf.



Construction Tip: If making several porch display stands, mark all of your boards before proceeding.





Step 4 - Drill pilot holes for nails or screw (optional but recommended)

Use a 3/32 for nails or an 1/8 (or less) inch bit for screws and drill holes through the locations you've marked on the boards. This will help prevent splitting the wood when nailing or screwing into the wood.

drilling pilot hole locations




Construction Tip: If making several porch display stands, drill all of your pilot holes before proceeding.



Optional: You can mark and cut the "v" out of the bottom of each side at this point as shown. To do so, make a mark 2" inches in from each side of the bottom of the side boards. Find the center of the board and mark 3" from the bottom. Connect those marks to form a "V". Cut accordingly.

marking board to cut a triangle
Marking the bottom of side board for the triangle cut




triangle cut from board
Triangle cut from bottom of boards


Construction Tip: If making several porch display stands, mark and cut the bottoms before proceeding.





Step 5 - Construct the Stands

Position the shelves at the locations you've marked and use nails or screws. Remember, the lines you've drawn on the inside of your side boards indicate the top of the shelf, not the bottom.

porch display stand parts


We had two of our grandchildren help assemble the porch display stands!

assembling the porch display stands




We had our granddaughter help make a mini-stand!

proud stand maker with her  porch display stand




Porch Display Stand Options

These are so easy to make in that you can modify them to fit your needs. You can make them larger, taller, shorter, or even wider. Here are a few examples:

Extend Your Stand

Add another leg and shelf to make your stand longer. You could even make another leg and shelf for the other side.

extended porch display stand
Extended display stand


Make Mini Stands

We made these 8 inches tall with 10 inch shelves:

smaller porch display stands
These are our mini-display stands: 8 inches tall with a 10" long shelf. This one is super cute and is Mary's favorite.


Make a Double Display Stand

For a mere $3.28 you can make this double porch display stand:

double porch display stand


Make two stands using the instructions above and attach them with braces that you cut from the scrap piece (see cut diagram above):

double porch display stand with braces




display stand with mums
Use Your Stands to Create More Curb Appeal




Another Idea: Hang a Decorative Sign Using a $1.64 Fence Slat

fence slat display welcome sign on front porch


This is the perfect solution when you can not or do not want to attach decorative art work or signs to your porch columns or home.

Simply use a fence slat to easily create a stand from which to hang a decorative sign or paint a scene, plant, flag, etc., and display it on your porch or in your yard.

fence slat display welcome sign on front porch You only need a fence slat, a base, and two supports with both ends cut at 45 degrees as shown at right.

Cut, if necessary, the fence slat to the size your need based on how you will use it. I cut a few inches off of ours so it would fit nicely on our porch.

You can use the piece you cut or another piece of fence slat to make the base. Make it long enough onto which you can place a heavy object, e.g., potted plant, decorative rock, etc., to hold it in place.


drilling pilot holes into base plate I simply drilled pilot holes in the base and then attached the base to the top piece with screws.


attaching base to post with screws




drilling pilot holes for supports I cut smaller pieces (as shown) on 45 degree angles to create supports for the top piece. Again, I drilled pilot holes and attached the supports with screws.




assembled porch stand from fence slat
Assembled Porch Stand





I then inserted a screw at the top in order to hang our autumn welcome sign and placed a potted mum on the base to hold everything in place. However, you can also decorate it for all the seasons and holidays.


fence slat display welcome sign on front porch




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