Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tipsy Pot Planter

Two years ago, I found the plans for a “Tipsy Planter” in an online gardening magazine. I made one out of clay pots and enjoyed it all summer. When winter came, I left it out full in the freezing temperatures and one of the pots cracked and I took it apart. Since I didn’t get to garden much last year, it still looks like this:
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I have plans to redo it soon. Since I couldn’t find my original picture from the magazine, I googled and found this Tipsy Planter:
 
Aren’t they fun?? These are really easy to make and are such a good conversation piece.
I thought I would do a variation on this theme as a gift for my Mom-in-law. Since it was going to be moved, I wanted it lighter than the clay pots would be. I thought I would try plastic. I found these at Dollar General.
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Not the paint, lol, just the planters. My MIL is more of the white stone kind of gardener, so I thought I would try out Krylon’s Fusion Paint for plastic in a textured finish. The can says that it doesn’t need a primer and that it dries in 15 minutes. Skipping the primer step and fast drying time! A real plus for me!106_5921
This went on evenly and was very forgiving when I did spray heavily in a couple of spots. It dried fast and has a shinier finish than the Rustoleum Multi-Colored Texture.
Since this is not as heavy as the clay, I found this stake thing  at Walmart to use instead of re-bar to slide the pots over.  It’s plastic coated steel and can be cut easily with a hack saw. This was a 3 foot section that I (I mean hubby)cut down to 2 feet. 104_5914
After the paint was dry, these are the steps I used to put it all together.
Hubby cut a wood block to go in the bottom to hold the pole in place.
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Then he drilled a hole in it large enough for the pole to slide into.
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It fits nicely.
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Next he stacked all three small pots together and drilled  a hole in them all at the same time! :-) Smart hubby!
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I shoveled  some potting soil into the bottom pot.
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And started adding plants.106_5927
This one looks like a mini Petunia to me! Inside the container, one plant was actually three! So I took a sharp knife and sliced down through the roots and made three out of one!  106_5928106_5930
I did the same thing to some Impatiens.
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I’m really liking it!
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I slid the smaller pots on the pole and filled them up too!
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I picked up a saucer at Home Depot this afternoon, gave it a coat of paint and put it underneath.
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Ready to go for tomorrow!
Happy Mother’s Day!!


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40 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I bet your MIL is going to love it!

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  2. Gorgeous! Your MIL will be thrilled with this. I am too! I will have to give this a try!
    Hugs and thanks
    Happy Mothers' Day
    SueAnn

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  3. You are ONE amazing woman... I am so serious. I cannot believe the things that you do. God has truly gifted you and I LOVE watching you.

    Love seeing HIM in YOU!

    Happy Mother's Day, friend

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  4. How sweet, your mom is really going to like this. It came out beautiful. I really like your idea when you did the first one. Never thought of doing it in plastic.

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  5. That is SOOOO cool! I think I need to make one for my front porch...as soon as its cleaned off LOL!

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  7. Sharon, Love this! I have had this in my to do since last year and you have given me the inspiration I needed to go make this! Fabulous tutorial! Yours turned out gorgeous! I'll be featuring these today. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. You can pick up a featured button if you like. Thanks again! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  8. This is a great variation on the project. This will work perfect for renters

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  9. That's a really cool idea! I might have to try this out this year!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

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  10. That is actually pretty simple thanks for sharing your instructions.

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  11. Stopping by from TMT - Great tutorial and adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. Cute! I love them min white!

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  13. What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Christine

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  14. Adorable!!! My neighbor and I just found out next "project". Thanks so much for posting!!!

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  15. I love plants and I so want one of the tipsy pot planters. Thank you for showing how to do it.
    Erin
    thenormanfive.blogspot.com

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  16. Yours is, by far, the best tutorial for these I've seen. Thanks for the VERY clear step-by-step directions. Once our Wisconsin weather decides it's done fooling around, this will be one of my first projects of the season. Thanks!

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  17. I love this! It turned out so great! I need something like this!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

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  18. I"m so impressed with this plant apparatus.

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  19. Dang girl, you're on FIRE in the gardening dept!!!!!! You're yard is gonna look like a DIY episode! ;)

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  20. Just stopping by from Make it Yours Day. The flower pot idea is great. Thanks for sharing. I plan on posting about my flowers next week. You'll have to stop by www.alattewithotta.blogspot.com to check them out.

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  21. I love it! I have never seen a tipsy planter, too cute.

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  22. This is amazing! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  23. Your tipsy pots turned out super! great job, and great tutorial!
    gail

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  24. This is great! I'm linking to this project on Dollarstorecrafts.com on Friday. Thanks for the great project!

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  25. I just made a topsy turvy planter as well recently. Check it out on my quilteroo blog! :)

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  26. I featured this earlier today at somedaycrafts.! I LOVE THIS!!!! Grab my "featured" button.

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  27. What a great job and I know just the place where I could put one. Helpful pics and instructions; thank you!

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  28. So cute! I love the way the plants can cascade over the edges!
    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

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  29. Very clever...I've never understood how to do that...I may be trying to make one myself!

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  30. I'm going to have to do this!!! I love it. This is now bookmarked...LOL

    Thanks so much for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  31. I am going to be featuring this project on my blog Monday morning! Thanks again for linking up!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  32. Your project has been featured at Veronica’s Korner. Please come by and pick up your Featured Button.
    http://veronicas-korner.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-top-picks-531.html

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  33. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by to leave the gracious comment on my tiered planter. I am so glad you shared your link with me so I could come visit!

    Have a marvelous afternoon!
    Amy

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  34. I have planes of doing a topsy pot planter thingy LOL I love how the white turned out!
    Helen

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  35. I love it! I have never seen a tipsy planter, too cute.

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