Friday, June 12, 2009

Tipsy Flower Pot Tower

This is my new favorite flower garden feature. My parents gave, made, assembled, and planted this for me for Mother's Day. I love it! As I saw it being put together, it seemed too easy. I wasn't convinced it was going to withstand the wind we get here. But I was proven wrong. It IS as easy as it sounds and has held up through some major storms. Interested? Here's how!

You need:
1 12" clay pot
4 10" clay pots
one piece of rebar or 3/4" conduit ( if using conduit, use a rat tail file to enlarge the hole in the bottom of the pots so the inside of the top of the pot will rest on the conduit)
potting mix
flowers of choice

Cut rebar or conduit 76" long. (We used conduit so the holes had to be filed just a little bit for the pots to easily slide on.)
Place a piece of tape 24" from one end.
Drive that end into the ground, down to the tape.
Slide 12 " pot on and fill with dirt, leaving room for flowers. (This is important. If you fill the pots TOO full with dirt or potting soil, when you water the flowers, the water will spill out.)
Slide 10" pot on and tilt it, fill with dirt, packing dirt around the pipe.
Slide next 10" pot on , resting it on top edge of first 10" pot, fill with dirt.
Do the same with the 3rd and fourth pots.
If the pipe extends past the top of the 4th pot, remove top pot and have hubby CAREFULLY pound rod down til level with or slightly below top of pot. Hold pipe while it is being tapped down to keep vibrations to a minimum. Plant with your choice of flowers.

It seems hard to believe that you don't have to drill additional holes or provide additional fasteners, but that's it!

Here it is the day it was planted with wave petunias.

And here it is a month later.

Beautiful and easy!

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40 comments:

Queenie Jeannie said...

Sooo pretty!! I LOVE IT!! What an amazing gift for Mother's Day!

blessedmomto7 said...

Ya'all are good! WOW! Our wind here is flat insane too-but it looks like it would survive! Have a great weekend!

Caroline said...

Very pretty! If I had any kind of skills I'd make it. But since I can't build and can't keep flowers alive, I'll admire yours from afar.

sandy said...

I love this! I think I'll ask hubby to make one for our anniversary tomorrow:)

Teri said...

Oh my gosh, if that isn't the coolest thing! I would also wonder if it would turn over. Love the flowers.

sassy stephanie said...

So neat! I've never seen this done before!

Becky said...

Man, my family wouldn't, couldn't make something like that...bit I LOVE IT!! Very Cute!

Kat said...

I love how your petunias have really filled out!

I am going to forward this to my husband...maybe he'll want to make me one for Father's day...

Martha said...

This is so beautiful, thanks for the "How To".

*Noelle* said...

I looooooooooooooove it! I've seen that in mags and wanted to have one so bad; thanks for sharing the directions; i must give that a try!

Blue gingham classroom, eh? Sounds like you are my kinda gal!! I can't wait to get my teaching degree to have me a cutie classroom too:) I'd love to see pics of your classroom sometime, if you wouldn't mind sharing??

Have a great weekend:)

Noelle

Judi said...

What a cool idea!

Michelle Sybert said...

So neat! And look how you made your flowers grow!!!! wow!

I will be faturing this, this sunday on my links post!

Oh, and thanks for stopping by via SITS!!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Wow, I'll have to show Jared! He's the true gardner (if there is one) in the family!

Carrie77 said...

I would love to build this but what is rebar or conduit? I guess something I'd find at the hardware store?! heheh!!

Martha said...

Please submit this to Laurie at Tip Junkie, this would be PERFECT!!

Z's Mom said...

Ok, this is too cool! If I ever get back into my house...I'm totally going to do this!

AB HOME INTERIORS said...

Holy Cow! This is SUPER cute Hahaha Leaving some Friday bloggy love from SITS

carrielt said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

My boss did this and I was wanting too, but I will wait until next year. This year's project was the tree ring in the drive way. So I'll be good and save my money for next year.

carrielt said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

My boss did this and I was wanting too, but I will wait until next year. This year's project was the tree ring in the drive way. So I'll be good and save my money for next year.

Together We Save said...

Love it. Too cute. I need to make one of these.

Crazy Daisy said...

I love it! And it seems so easy! I just might give this a try!

Linda said...

that is the cutest thing. I love it! your flower beds do look very nice. here's to a wonderful summer!

Emily said...

Wow...gorgeous!

Lauren said...

That is so cool!

Carla said...

So pretty! Loving these pink flowers in it:)

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

That is just way too cute!!!!!!♥♥♥

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Great idea...I've seen this done several ways and this seems to be the easiest and obviously the "prettiest"...visiting from SITS...

swile67 said...

how are you feeling since your trip to the ER? You guys are finished school early...we go until June 29th! When do you start again? I'm counting down the days!!! enjoy your vacation!

Future Mama said...

WHAT?! OMG SO CUTE! Ok, I can't remember if I've been here before but I know I haven't seen that craft ever before! that's awesome! Thanks for the instructions to make it, I may just try it! (I hope so, please convince me it's not hard even for a klutz cause that would be cute in my yard).

I found you and your cute blog via SITS!

COFFEE MAN said...

love the idea , gonna see if i can make one for the candle lady thanks for the instructions

dddiva said...

That is so cool looking. Might just have to try something like that.

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Reviewer11 said...

Wow I've never seen one like that before. Cool! :D

From a SITSsta. :D

Farmchick said...

What a great idea....I may just have to try that! Thanks for sharing. Have a sweet week!

Farmchick said...

Oh and thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Come again soon.

Delectable Dining said...

That is so cute!! I can't wait to make one of my own!

Mrs4444 said...

This is so adorable. Thanks so much for showing how to do it. :)

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

That looks unbelievable!

pam said...

I love that! How unique and pretty:)

Shell said...

Loved it so much, had to make my own! Thanks for the tutorial and photos.

Dila said...

It's very beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to make one.