DIY Painter’s Pyramid Stands


These DIY painter’s pyramid stands are super easy to make and super handy when staining or painting all sides of an object without waiting for dry time!

Hello, Kenarry readers! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage, and I’m back again this month sharing this super easy DIY Painter’s Pyramid Stand project with you.

DIY Painter's Pyramid Stands

My husband is always coming up with ways to make his tasks in his woodworking shop easier or better, especially for repetitive tasks. A few years ago, we were making wooden clocks for each of our seven children for Christmas. As you could imagine, I had a lot of staining to do.

Since I tend to make use of the items around me, I had taken some Mason jar bands and laid them down on my work surface to place the round wooden clock faces on while I stained them. My husband looked at my setup and asked if I wanted to use some of his stands he used for painting. At first, I wasn’t sure what he was even talking about. You mean they make something specifically to put under objects you want to paint or stain?

I gotta see this!

Then he showed me these little flat squares of wood that were 3 or 4 inches wide that had a screw screwed through the bottom of them. He went on to demonstrate just how these little painter’s pyramids/stands/tripods/pointy things worked and I was amazed.

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Although you can buy Painter’s Pyramid Stands or Painter’s Tripods in your local hardware store or online, they are so easy to make and they allow you to use up scraps of wood that you would otherwise discard.

Pretty clever and thrifty, right?

What Are Painter’s Pyramid Stands?

4 small square boards with screws in them that make a painter's pyramid.

If you are anything like I was, you might be wondering just what are painter’s pyramid stands anyway.

So, Painter’s pyramid stands or tripods are used when you are painting or staining a door or other object that needs to be painted on both sides.

Using the stands means you don’t have to wait for one side to dry before you paint or stain the other side.

– My Handy Hubby

You simply lay these pyramid stands out on your work surface, paint one side of your object, flip it over, lay the object on top of your pyramid stands and paint or stain the other side. It makes for a great way to paint both sides and the edges without having to wait for the other side to dry.

Can you imagine how much time that could save?!  

Like I said, you can purchase pyramids from your local hardware store or online, but they’re typically made out of plastic. And, you can make a bunch of these for pennies.

How to Make Painter’s Pyramid Stands

DIY Painter's Pyramid Stands

This tutorial for DIY Painter’s Pyramid Stands is so easy and the results are so handy, that you’ll want to make up a bunch of these to keep them on hand for all your painting projects.

There are a few supplies you’ll want to gather up first. Let’s take a look, shall we?!

supplies Needed: 

The supplies you need to make painter's pyramid stands

Tools Needed: 


1. Cut Wood Scraps

First, you’ll want to select scraps of wood that are approximately the same size or cut them to size. You’ll need at least four pieces of wood (or as many as you want to make).

Two pieces of unfinished wood.

2. Drill Holes

Once you have your pieces of wood cut to size, you’ll simply want to drill a hole all the way through the center of each piece of wood. TIP: Be sure to select a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the screws you’re using.

Drilling holes in the unfinished wood blocks.

3. Insert Screws

Next, using a screwdriver, insert a screw and tighten against the scrap wood.

Inserting screws in the wood blocks

4. File Screw Tips

Although it’s totally not necessary, if you’re worried about the tips of the screws scratching your surface, you can use a metal file to file the tip down slightly.

Alternatively, you can dab a little bit of hot glue onto the tip of the screw. But, actually, the screw tips are so small, that any indentations they make in the wood is really minimal.

You are now ready to use your DIY Painter’s Pyramid Stands!

DIY painter's pyramid stands with a can of wood stain
DIY Painters Pyramid Stands by The Birch Cottage

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Once you make your own DIY Painter’s Pyramid Stands, you can thank my husband for this time saving idea!

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