DIY Garden Project: Topsy Turvy Flower Planter

DIY flower planter

The season of gardening and flowers is upon us! Looking for a striking DIY garden project that you can whip up in an afternoon? Add some height and visual drama to your landscape with this easy-peasy, topsy-turvy planter.

Supplies:
rebar – about 6 feet
Sledge hammer or mallet
1 large clay pot for base
4 or 5 medium size clay pots for middle
1 small clay pot for top
Potting soil
A variety of flowers and/or herbs

Tip: Rebar is easily found in large home improvement stores, or hardware shops for approximately $10.

Directions:

1. Pound rebar into the ground at least 1 foot deep. If you want your stack shorter, you can buy a shorter rod, or hammer it deeper in the ground.

2. Place rebar through the drainage hole of the large clay pot.

3. Fill pot with dirt.

DIY flower planter

4. Take your medium sized pot, put the rebar through the bottom hole, and rest it on top of the soil of the base planter.

DIY flower planter

5. Continue placing rebar through the Terracotta pots. Stack each pot on the edge of the pot below it. End with the smallest pot.

6. If you have any rebar sticking out above the top, hammer it further into the ground.

7. Fill all of your pots with potting soil. Do not overfill, or your angled pots will lose too much dirt, when watered.

DIY flower planter

DIY flower planter

DIY flower planter

Tip: To add extra “Wow” factor, plant a variety of flowers in each pot. A good rule of thumb is to include at least one trailing flower or plant (such as Ivy, variegated Vinca, Creeping Phlox, Petunias, or Verbena), a taller accent plant for added height (Spike Dracaena or Steel Blue Meadow Sage are both perfect for this), and a bright pop of color in between the two!

Complimentary colors (like purple and yellow or blue and orange) look fabulous next to each other if you are looking for a good starting point. You may need to fiddle with your plants a bit, to get them to stand up straight, and create an equal balance.

8. Once you are happy with what you’ve planted and the locations, fill any holes with more potting soil. Then give those babies a good drink of water. (If you are using naked clay pots, as opposed to painted, they will dry out quicker, since water seeps through the dried clay.)

Now stand back and admire your fast, flowery and fun DIY!

DIY flower planter

Readers – what plants and flowers are you growing this year?

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Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.

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    amity

    Yes–the Mad Hatter would definitely approve! I love this idea; I’ve been looking for ways to spruce up our patio and this would be perfect; great idea! We’re also attempting a small veggie garden this year: corn, microgreens, Swiss chard, and spicy bell peppers. And I always do tons of different herbs.

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    rachelshay

    My verbena & blue sage have been attracting the butterflies like crazy! The petunias & lobelia are trailing beautifully! I highly recommend this super-easy project! We are growing veggies & herbs too. So far I have been able to harvest spinach & strawberries & mint for our morning smoothies! The lettuce is darling! Can’t wait to eat it in a salad!

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    lyssachelle

    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS! And it’s much easier than it looks, I was sure drilling was involved at first… I’ve pinned this as a project for when we finally buy a new home. Super easy AND looks like I put more work into it than will be required. I love it!!

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    irene

    This is just adorable! Great DIY post @rachelshay!!
    We are going to pick our first tomato today to use in our salad and I’m soooo excited for all to the other varieties to ripen! We have 14 15 gallon pots along the one side of the house! We have about 12 pepper plants of various varieties growing and a complete herb garden that is going bonkers! Gardening has become a full time job but well worth it. We live out there like little farmers! My husband is the brains behind the care and maintaining it so well and yes all organically grown.. I love it, it is one of the best things we ever decided to do on a serious level a few short years ago!

  5. h2oplease

    I have done this project in years past and filled it with all kinds of succulents. I suggest that you put a piece of landscaping cloth in each pot to cover the bottom and up the inside of each pot. Even with the small hole punched in the cloth for the rebar to go through, this method helps to keep the soil in place in each pot rather than flooding out each time you water.

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  10. Sam

    I cant wait for spring. Im trying to get a community garden spot since I live in an apparment but the spots arent very big. Ill be doing a few of these to go vertical with my garden. One will be herbs, another with calendula and maybe even a third if I can figure out what will work well in it.

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