Did you know that the globe has been celebrating Earth Day since 1970? Yep, it’s a nearly 50-year-old annual tradition! April 22 prompts people around the world to think more carefully about the fragility of our beautiful planet, and encourages them to consider ways they can reduce their “carbon footprint.”
One of those ways is to repurpose and “recycle” items that may be collecting dust or are headed for the trash can. We’re doing so with this DIY upcycled plant stand, which uses old plates and candlesticks. Hit the thrift shop for mismatched plates and candlesticks that need a little extra love, or grab unused items you’ve already got at home.
What You Need:
- Thrifted or currently unused candlestick (try wood, brass, or even glass)
- Thrifted or currently unused plate
- Super Glue approved for the surfaces you’re gluing together
Gently wash your items to remove any dust or grime. This will not only help spruce them up, but will also make the glue hold better.
Gorilla Glue, Epoxy, Liquid Nails, or Super Glue are all excellent options, especially when using two different types of surfaces. If you’re using two pieces of wood, though, you’ll want a wood glue. Apply the glue liberally to the tops of the candlesticks and glue to the bottom of the plate. Make sure everything is centered, and hold the two items together for several minutes. Use a support to keep the items upright and pressed together while you wait for the glue to dry. This may take a full day.
Once your glue has completely dried, you’re free to place your plants on top! Set throughout your home to create height and dimension to any area.