DIY fun, stacked terra cotta planter

You’ve probably already seen these all over Pinterest and the web.

Fun, colorful, even whimsical stacked planters like these…

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I just love em’, don’t you ??

They are very simple and inexpensive to make using supplies you may already have at home.

You can gussy them up however you want too, to make them as you wish.

I decided to make one myself and wanted to keep it au naturale — I’m a simple gal.

I started by collecting 4 terra cotta pots in varying sizes, I already had 2 pots and bought 2 more from Walmart.

If you’ve used these pots before, you know that there is already a hole at the bottom of each for drainage.

This hole will be very useful for this project, as you will use that hole to anchor all of the pots together using a wooden dowel.

{ FYI ~ some of the tutorials I’ve seen didn’t include the wooden dowel, but I wanted the extra support }

So, start by placing your dowel in the largest pot and add potting soil, stopping about 3-4 inches from the top.

Add your second pot through the hole, add soil and repeat for each layer, remembering to leave enough space to plant your flowers.

Sorry, I didn’t take pictures of this process, but trust me it’s a no brainer.

Once my pots were all stacked, I added my colorful flowers.

I strategically planted around the little bit of dowel you could see sticking out the top rather than starting over and cutting my dowel a bit shorter.

It wasn’t that big of a deal, and it didn’t bother me much.

Plus, the flowers seemed to remedy the situation


Anyway, here is how my stacked terra cotta planter turned out.

Cute huh??

I like it on my deck table, it adds pretty color and some height to the spot where I would typically have an umbrella.

Loving this weather, gotta go plant some more !

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Hi Michelle! Thank you for including my “Home Sweet Home” stacked planters! It’s so fun to inspire other DIYers like yourself and see how they put their own little “twist” on things. I absolutely LOVE the wooden dowel idea…simple and brilliant!!! I’m going to add one into mine when I replant for fall. Thanks again for the link-love! Your natural planters are fab!

    Skaie (sky) Knox

    • Michelle says:

      You are very welcome! I love your Home Sweet Home planters and thank YOU for the inspiration!

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