Monday, April 15, 2013
How To Make A Tipsy Planter
Today has been absolutely gorgeous again. I was saddened to learn of the tragedy in Boston this afternoon. My heart goes out to all who were affected. This is just another reminder to enjoy each and every moment we are given.
I have been itching to make one of these tipsy planters since last year. We were in Home Depot the other day and they were advertising a class on how to make one. I knew I didn't need a class for this. I could figure it out. There is lots of information on line about how to do these. I went to Old Time Pottery today and bought these super bright orange planters. They also came in lime green and fuchsia. It was a hard decision, but I went with the orange because it goes with the rug on our deck. Everything is going to look very tropical this year in our out of doors decorating.
The tipsy planters can be made in any height using whatever size pots you want to use. You also need a piece of rebar that will allow you to go through all the pots you are using and be put into the ground about 1.5 to 2 feet. I wanted to put my planter at the end of the steps to the deck and I didn't want it extremely high. I purchased one large planter, a medium, and a small and a 4 foot piece of rebar. I have even seen these done with all the same sized pots. The good thing about using terra cotta pots is they already have a hole in the bottom to put the stabilizing rebar through. BUT, we have 6 grandsons and terra cotta pots are an open invitation to destruction by baseballs, frisbees, tennis balls, you name it. I didn't want to spend the money and time to see my tipsy planter go flopsy. So, I went with plastic.
First, Dan had to drill a hole in the bottom of each pot for the rebar. He does such a good job. : )
Now, place the third pot over the rebar and tip it in the direction you want it to go.
Now, it's time to plant. I wanted really bright colors in my pots and I chose flowers for full sun. Be aware of the sun/shade situation wherever you put your planter so you buy appropriate plants. I chose red geraniums, yellow marigolds, red lantana, and hot pink petunias. Some of the plants will stand up, others will vine down. I wanted some vining vinca for the bottom pot, but they didn't have any today. I will add some soon because I want a vining plant to overflow the bottom pot. Here is how it looks with new plants in it.
This project didn't take all that long to do. The rebar was $3.50 at Home Depot and Lowe's has it too in case you don't know where to get it. It is used in concrete work, is unbreakable or bendable, and is usually on the far back aisle of the store. Make sure to use rebar because of it's strength. There is a lot of weight when you add the potting soil.
Pots are plentiful right now in all colors, shapes and sizes. Potting soil is also available at any garden center. Be sure and choose plants that fit the growing conditions for the location of your planter.
Now, I want to make another one. How about you? Let me know if you make one, or two, or ten. I would love to see pictures.
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