These stacked flower pots seem to defy gravity as they “balance” atop each other. They're easy to make and fun to look at.
Finished size: Approx. 24" tall Pots
Skill: 3 Time: 3 Cost: 2
You will need:
• Three terra-cotta pots: 5", 7", 8 1/2" (with pre-drilled holes in bottom)
• One saucer for the 8 1/2" pot
• 18" of 3/8" threaded metal rod
• Two 3/8" washers and lock nuts
• Three pkgs. black & white patterned mosaic tile*
• Glass gems in black, white, clear*: 3/8", 1/2", 1 1/4"
• Outdoor paint: black, white
• 2 lbs. of black sanded grout*
• Wheeled glass nippers*
• Foam paintbrush
• 1" wide painter’s tape
• Permanent adhesive*
• Optional: Drill & 3/8" core bit (if there is not a hole in the saucer)
• Optional: Hacksaw
Craft stick or mixing spoon, disposable gloves, mixing bowl, pillow or small sandbag, potting soil, safety glasses, soft cloth, sponge
*The following products were used for this project: Diamond Tech's Vintage Mosaic Black Toile (V116) tile & Jennifer’s Mosaics gems, grout, & nippers • E-6000 glue.
Note: For product information, see end of article.
• To keep bit cool and prevent saucer from cracking, fill saucer reservoir with water and drill directly into water.
• Protect work area with newspaper.
• Allow paint and glue to dry between steps.
• See photos for details & placement.
STEP 1: Prepare pots & saucer. If needed, drill a 3/8" hole in center of saucer. Set aside. Use foam brush to paint the area below band on 8 1/2" and 5" pots black. Also paint approximately 3" down on inside of pots (Photo A). When dry, turn pots over and paint bottoms. Paint 7" pot white in same way. Paint outside of saucer white. When dry, use black paint to add a 3/8" decorative band on around top outside edge.
STEP 2: Apply tile. Put on safety glasses and use nippers to randomly nip tile into 1/2" pieces. To keep pot from rolling while you work, place on top of a bag of sand or pillow. Begin gluing nipped tile to top band of pot, fitting pieces together as you would a jigsaw puzzle (Photo B). If needed, nip additional portions to fit pieces into place. Leave approximately 1/8" between tile pieces. Apply tile to bands of remaining pots.
STEP 3: Prepare grout. To protect paint, apply 1" masking tape to area under outside band of every pot and top inside of pot. Place one cup of grout into a mixing bowl and slowly add water one tablespoon at a time. Mix with craft stick or spoon until grout reaches "fudge-like" consistency. If it is too watery, add more dry grout in small amounts until consistency is correct.
STEP 4: Grout. While wearing a disposable glove; spread grout into all spaces between tiles. Wait about 15 minutes for grout to set. Use a damp sponge to gently wipe away excess grout, taking care not to pull grout out of spaces (Photo C). Use finger to smooth grout around outer edge of band. Note: Be sure to remove grout from tile surface before completely dry. Use soft cloth to buff tiles to a clean shine. Let dry 24 hours.
STEP 5: Apply gems. Remove tape from pots. Clean away any grout that may have gotten under tape. Randomly glue 3/8" white gems on the small pot and 1/2" black gems on the medium pot. For large pot, glue on 3/8", 1/2" and 1 1/4" assorted black, white, and clear gems. For a whimsical dimensional look, stack and glue gems of varying sizes on top of one another (Photo D).
STEP 6: Assemble. Saucer will act as a base. Note: Depending on depth of saucer you may need to adjust measurement for this step. Thread a 3/8" nut onto threaded rod, stopping 1 1/2" from end. Place a washer on top of nut and insert rod into hole of the saucer (Photo E). Thread a second washer on end and apply a second lock nut to rod. Firmly but gently, tighten nuts to saucer. Place saucer rod on a sturdy surface. Saucer should stand alone with rod running vertically up center. Slide large pot onto rod until it rests directly on saucer. Fill pot with soil.
STEP 7: Finish. Insert rod through bottom opening of medium pot and allow to rest at an angle on soil of large pot (Photo F). Fill medium pot with soil. Slide small pot onto rod so it tilts away from medium pot. Note: The rod should be approximately 2" below top band of smaller pot. If rod is too long, remove excess with a hack saw. Fill pot with soil.