(Please note this was originally posted when I had ‘The Pink Hammer blog’ on June 1st of 2012, this is the new and only location of this DIY Tutorial by Kelly Whitman /Endless Acres Farmtiques – previously The Pink Hammer blog )
“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ” ~Abram L. Urban
Oh, sweet Summer time. The sounds of bees buzzing around the yard and the laughter of children fill the air, the grass is warm on your toes and you are ready to plant some flowers, but aren’t sure what to plant to be different from every other garden on your block.
The tipsy pot planter is a great Do It Yourself project anyone can do, with just a few supplies and a bit of a green thumb.
Using these simple steps below, you can create your own primitive tipsy pot planter!
Primitive Tipsy Pot Planter
Project Cost: Under $60.00
Project Level: Medium
Project Supplies: Flowers, Potting soil, Primitive pots, 1/2″ steel conduit |Project Tools: Drill, 1″ hole saw.
1.) Pick the location where you want your tipsy pot planter. I chose to place mine in a place where the grass has never really grown well, right near my main entrance, which makes a great way to greet guests as they come for a visit.
2.) Drill holes into the bottom of each pot. If you are using the 1/2″ conduit, you will need to drill a 1″ hole in each pot. This is what allows the pots to tip from side to side.
I used a drill with a 1″ hole saw attached.
3.) Place your first, larger pot in the location you desire.
4.) Push your conduit into the ground, through the hole you drilled in the larger pot & fill your pot with potting soil.
5.) Continue stacking your pots, tipping them as you go, along the way. Fill them with dirt and whatever flowers your little heart desires. I mainly use flowers that will grow and eventually drape over the edge of the buckets (ivy, vinca vine, petunias, Calibrachoa etc).
Your guests (and you) will LOVE walking up to your door and being greeted by such beauty and character, and don’t forget to add a sweet little sign to personalize your new tipsy pot planter :
Your steel conduit should be even or below the top tipsy pot, if needed, give it a few good pounds to push it down into the ground farther.
Pack your soil nice and tight into the first pot, as the rest of your pots will be resting right in the larger of all the pots.
The more rust your bucket has, the easier it will be to drill through.
A primitive tipsy pot planter is a great way to upcycle ,(be creative and design your own with whatever you have laying around or find for a good deal at an antique store) and will add beauty and character to your garden and yard, and leave your guests asking ‘How did you do that!?’
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Thanks for reading,
*Garden gloves used for this project; Tomboy Tools pink rubber grip gloves. (Just $7.00, to order, email Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org and please tell her Kelly from The Pink Hammer blog sent you!)