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Easy DIY Propagation Stand

Plant propagation

I am a total newbie plant lover!  I had no idea how easy it would be to propagate plants but since discovering how easy it is I can’t stop!  

For months now I have been using small glasses to propagate my plants in but I knew I wanted something a bit more aesthetically pleasing in my kitchen window.  Then when I started creating a cozy reading corner in our master bedroom I knew it needed plants, lots of plants!  So I decided to make a few propagation stands using test tubes!


  • 1×2 boards (about 2.5 feet this provide a slight excess)
  • Test tubes
  • Stain or Paint
  • Finishing Nails


  • Miter Saw
  • Hammer
  • Clean Rag or Paint Brush
  • 220-Grit Sandpaper 

Step One: Cut Boards to Size

Using some scrap 1x2s that I had around, I cut four boards –  two at 9 1/2 inch for the top and bottom and two at 4 inches for the sides.

Step Two: Drill Holes

Using a 1 inch spade attachment, drill four holes in one of the 9 1/2 inch boards. 

Starting from the left edge, measure 1 3/4 inch.  This will be the on center location of your first hole.  From this mark measure 2 1/8 inch for the on center mark of second hole.  Then again from the second mark measure 2 1/8 inch, for the third hole.  Repeat again for the 4th hole.  Then you can confirm the 4th hole falls 1 3/4 inch from the right edge. 

Step Three: Stain or Paint

I decided to stain my four pieces prior to putting them together because I thought this would be easiest but you could certainly do it either way!  I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain. 

First, lightly sand each of the boards with a 220-grit sandpaper.  Then using a clean rag or paint brush wipe the stain on to the board and allow it to sit for a moment and then using a second rag wipe off any excess.

Allow the boards to dry about 8 hours.   

Step Four: Nail Frame Together

Using clamps to help hold the pieces together, work one corner at a time.  Nail from the top or the bottom into the side (4 inch) boards. 

I placed two finishing nails at each joint. 

Step Five: Add Test Tubes

Plant propagation

Now that you have nailed your stand all together you can simply place the test tubes through the holes!  Now your stand is ready for plants! 

Links to Create a Propagation Stand


DIY Easy Propagation Stand

Prep Time 2 hours
Build Time 1 hour
Dry Time 8 hours


  • Miter Saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • 1” Spade Drill Bit


  • 20 inches 1”x2” board
  • 8 Finishing Nails
  • 220 Grit Sand Paper
  • Stain I used Dark Walnut
  • 4 Test Tubes


  • Cut boards to size.
  • Drill holes for test tubes.
  • Stain or paint boards
  • Nail frame together.
  • Add test tubes.

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