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Easy DIY Plant Shelves Using Natural Wood Slices

Learn how to make tiered plant shelves with wood slices. This simple DIY project is perfect for plant lovers looking to add more indoor plant walls and maximize wall space.

Creating your DIY plant shelves using wood slices is a fantastic way to add a natural touch to your indoor plant collection. These versatile shelves are perfect spots for your plants and make great display options for trophies, ornaments, and more. The live edge of the bark pairs beautifully with the vibrant greenery of indoor plants, making these natural wood shelves a charming addition to any space.

Whether you’re a plant lover looking to maximize your wall space or need a handy storage solution for small spaces, these DIY plant shelves are the perfect addition. They are tall and skinny and fit perfectly into narrow wall spaces, transforming dead areas into beautiful features.

Inspired by a stash of large wood slices, this project is an easy way to create stylish plant stands that complement any decor. They particularly suit a Boho decor aesthetic of a lot of plants.

DIY Three-tier natural wood shelves

The DIY three-tier natural wood shelves are designed to fit into those awkward, narrow spaces that often go unused. Ideal for Victorian houses or any home with small strips of wall space, these vertical tiered shelves make excellent use of available room. Each tier shelf can hold various items, but they truly shine when used to display indoor plants, taking advantage of natural light to keep your plants thriving.

To make these shelves, you’ll need a few tools and materials, including wood slices, drywall anchors, and some sturdy brackets. The number of shelves can be adjusted based on your needs, and the weight of the plant should be considered to ensure stability. This straightforward DIY project requires only basic tools, making it accessible to anyone, even those new to DIY projects.

Pile of large wood slices

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What You Need To Make DIY Plant Shelves

The wood that you need for DIY plant shelves

How To Make DIY Plant Shelves

Step 1: The first thing I did was see about a third of each wood slice. For these natural wood shelves, I wanted a flat edge on one side and a round bark edge on the other.

cut wood slices

Step 2: Next, sand the flat surfaces of the wood slices. Make sure to protect the bark. That will ensure that you’ll get a live wood edge shelf.

Also, sand the floorboard and smooth off the edges with an electrical sander.

Sanding wood

Step 3: To give the sanded wood a lovely finish, rub on some clear wood wax. This will also protect the wood from water spills on your DIY plant shelves.

waxing wood
sanded and waxed wood slice shelves for live edge shelves

Step 4: This step is optional. I could only find silver angle brackets, so I spray-painted mine copper for a better look with the natural wood shelves.

spray painting brackets

Step 5: Attach the shelves to the wooden floorboard using the painted brackets. Space them out evenly. Leave a bit of exposed wood at both the bottom shelf and the top shelf.

measuring for natural wood shelf placement

I used two angle brackets to hold up each wood slice shelf. As shown here with the middle shelf.

screwing in live edge shelves
Screwing in second shelf for DIY planter shelves

Step 6: Finally, all left to do is hang these DIY plant shelves and add plants. To hang the shelf unit, drill a hole at the top and bottom of the floorboard base. Then screw the board into the wall.

DIY plant shelves with a natural wood edge
Close up pot natural wood shelf DIY planter shelves

While these DIY plant shelves are designed with plant lovers in mind, they are versatile enough for any use. The natural wood edge complements the organic beauty of plants, but these shelves are equally effective as trophy stands or decorative displays in an office or den. Perfect for tall, thin spaces, these shelves turn narrow wall strips into a focal point of the room.

Finished 3 tier DIY planter shelves
DIY planter shelves from natural wood slices

If you like hanging plants then check out these upcycled bed slats plant shelves and this embroidered hanging plant canvas.

I still have a ton of wood slices left, so there will be some more wood slice upcycles in the future. I’m open to any suggestions. In the meantime, you might want to check out some of my other wood slice crafts.

These plant shelves are featured in the A to Z of clever upcycling ideas and resources.

If you are looking for some fun and unique DIY planter ideas for your natural wood shelves, check out these posts.

Yield: 3 tier planter shelf unit

DIY Planter Shelves From Wood Slices

Finished 3 tier DIY planter shelves

This is a handy shelf unit for tall narrow spaces. The natural wood edges of the shelves look cool with plants on them.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Estimated Cost $5


  • Large wood slices
  • Plank of wood such as a piece of old floorboard
  • Angle brackets
  • Screws
  • Wood wax


  • Electrical sander
  • saw
  • screw driver


  1. Saw the wood slices about 1/3 across
  2. Sand and wax all the wood
  3. Use angle brackets to attach the wood slices to the plank
  4. Hang using screws, add plants


Friday 8th of May 2020

I really liked this for my house plants but I'm curious if you had a suggestion since I'm unable/not allowed to screw into the wall for drilling supports but I want a plant stand like this. TIA for sharing your thoughts.?

Claire Armstrong

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Linda, the only thing I can suggest is that you perhaps turn it into a free-standing plantstand by attaching it to a wooden base.


Friday 8th of May 2020

Why does your page keeps flipping to a blank page that has “googleleads.g.doubleclick”? It is terribly annoying, and I end up just leaving the project unread. I am planning on deleting this app, page and links because of this. Even while writing this comment, the page flipped 9X!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 8th of May 2020

I'm really sorry I don't know why it is doing that. Everything works well on my end. Perhaps deleting the app you are using and reinstalling it may fix the problem.

Dee | Grammy's Grid

Thursday 18th of July 2019

Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 41! Shared ♥

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 18th of July 2019

Thank you.

Kim @Serving Up Southern

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Hi Claire! I'm dropping back by to let you know that you are one of this week's features at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks so very much for sharing at HG! I love seeing you at the party! >>> Kim

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Thank you, that's awesome I look forward to seeing it.


Monday 15th of July 2019

Loving this idea! I always need ideas to use spare wood :-)

Claire Armstrong

Monday 15th of July 2019

Thank you, I have a big bag of wood slices to get through.

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