Clay Flower Pot - With a Twist

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Introduction: Clay Flower Pot - With a Twist

Here is a miniature flower pot garden, inspired by a broken terracotta planter. You can pretend that you're being environmentally conscious by recycling (or is it re-using?) something that was destined for the garbage, although your friends will wonder how you were so lucky to have a pot break in just the right shape! In any case, this makes a beautiful and unique centerpiece for your flower bed, or just as a fun planter for indoors or out.

Step 1: Get Your Materials Ready

List of gardening materials – can be found in most garden nurseries:

1. 10-1/2″ decorative clay pot

2. cut out template (open and print PDF file)

3. rotozip tool with 1/8″ masonry bit

4. dust mask and eye protection

5. potting soil

6. a hen and chick succulent, a baby alyssum and a baby iris plant (actually, most any small plants will work, this is just what I used)

7. 4-5 pieces of small, elongated rocks

8. moss

Step 2: Prep the Pot

With the template, trace and mark onto pot

Step 3: Cut Out Marked Section

This is very messy and creates lots of dust, so try to do it outdoors, and make sure you wear a dust mask and protective glasses. Use a rotozip tool with 1/8" masonry bit

Step 4: Secure the Wall

Put enough soil in the pot and position cut off section diagonally to make a wall - make sure there's enough space for succulent on one side and steps on the other side

Step 5: Break the Hen and Clicks

Take the plant out of the pot and carefully separate it into multiple plants of varying sizes

Step 6: Planting

Start planting little chicks first, followed by larger ones, and finally the hens as you reach the top, add soil along the way. Arrange Iris and baby alyssum to fill up the rest of the pot. Put a big rock on the other side of the wall to hold it in position while planting

Step 7: Make Staircase and Final Touch-up

Choose 4 or 5 pieces of small elongated rocks as steps - build steps from bottom to the top, press firmly into the soil to secure. Finally cover the "risers" with moss.

Here is your cool looking flower pot with a twist

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I wonder if a foam pot would work if I used a hand saw to cut the piece away? I just love it and was thinking of ways to make it for those, like me, who don't have use of an electric saw.

Not sure if a foam pot would be sturdy enough, but might be worth a try. If that doesn't work, perhaps you could try a plastic pot, as suggested by another user?

Thanks for the tips and info. I had seen something like this at the fair a year ago, but didn't do anything about it until now.
Not quite the same, but here's what I made for my mom for Mother's Day using a pot that already had a cracked section and then routing out a bit extra.

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Looks great! I like your mix of plants too!

Excellent! Looks grand. Great way to put broken pots to use....

Hmm, I have this big foam pot that cracked in the winter. This would be so cute on the deck.

i love hens and chics and will do this! i have something similar and also created a stairway of hens and their chicks and the pots which were broken, look as tho they are "dumping" out their babes (chicks) as the stairs go down. (multi-pot method? ) i'm glad that you shared your idea, as clearly i do not really get my ideas across, lol