This post shares my DIY rolling plant caddy project using wood boards and casters! Making a rolling plant stand is a good way to keep large plants mobile.
DIY Rolling Plant Caddy
Got any large plants? Then you know they are a HUGE pain to move around. I typically keep my large plants in one place, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to move plants for watering or just for a change of scenery. Queue this fab project, the DIY rolling plant caddy.
This is a super easy project, too. It can probably be made out of scrap wood if you’re a wood scrap hoarder like I am. If so, all you need are some casters! Here’s how to make this.
- (6) 1×2 pieces cut to 12 inches each
- (2) 1×4 pieces cut to 12 inches each
- (4) casters with an appropriate weight limit
- (16) 1″ wood screws
- Miter saw
- Minwax wood stain in Natural
- Minwax spray polyurethane in semigloss
- Wood glue
And here’s how to make my DIY rolling plant caddy.
Step 1: Measure and cut pieces, drill pocket holes
So at first my plan was to do two storage levels: one for a little containers that we’re beginning to collect stickers in, and one for a fabric storage cube to match the desk. Once I got this together with clamps to eyeball it, I decided to run with it. So I drilled pocket holes (placement in a bit) and assembled everything.
However, once I got it assembled and brought it upstairs, I realized that it would be too high for Ramona’s current height. I measured, but I kind of suck at visualizing things and understanding how everything is going to go together. Alas, I wasn’t about to lose this project, so I decided to run with just one storage spot. Let’s pick up there.
Step 1: Cut pieces
First I cut my lumber. I cut 6 pieces of 1″ x 2″ to be the main slats of the rolling plant caddy and 2 pieces of 1″ x 4″ to be the base of the caddy. All pieces were cut to 12″ each. I used pine for my caddy because it’s what I had in my scrap pile. You can use a fine-grit sandpaper to polish any rough spots.
You can use whatever you’d like. If you’re planning to use the rolling plant caddy outdoors, you’ll want to use something more appropriate for outdoors. Cedar, for example. If you want to use a softer wood like pine, make sure to finish it appropriately for outdoor use.
Step 2: Assemble the caddy part
To assemble the caddy, I used wood glue to glue the 1×2 slats to the 1×4 base pieces like the photos show below. You can reinforce the slats using nails or a nail gun if you don’t want to wait for the glue to dry. But I figured wood glue would be fine.
The first picture below is a view of the top of the caddy. The second picture is a view of the bottom of the caddy (before casters were attached).
Step 3: Apply the finish
Next I used a Minwax Natural Stain to bring out a bit of color in the caddy. Then I used a Minwax spray polyurethane to finish off the caddy. I used several thin coats of spray to ensure I was able to get in all of the nooks and crannies. You want to seal this and make it more water resistant.
Step 4: Attach casters using wood screws
The last step is to add the swivel caster wheels. I added these by flipping the caddy over and spacing them equally from the sides, attaching them with wood screws. My casters were rated at 20 lbs each, so make sure yours are rated at whatever weight you’ll need for your plant and planter.
Once this was done, I flipped the caddy over and set my plant and planter on. And here’s the finished rolling plant caddy. What do you think? Pretty quick and effective project if you ask me!
For more plant projects, check out my roundup of all of my DIY planters to help you decorate with plants; my plant care guides, including guides for pothos, snake plants, peperomia, succulents, rubber plants, and more; and my hanging stainless steel bowl planter!