Introduction: Clay Flower Pot - With a Twist

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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

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With the template, trace and mark onto pot

Step 3: Cut Out Marked Section

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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

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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

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

Step 6: Planting

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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

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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


pachytrance (author)2015-12-29

I love it

KazS2 made it! (author)2015-11-02

had so much fun making these fairy gardens

nicolenvetter made it! (author)2015-05-24

Very nice and cute idea! I planned to try this out for quiet some time now and finally did it this weekend :) Since this is so easy to make and looks really nice, I plan on making some more with a few different shapes cut out and spread them throughout the garden :)

Great job! Looks really nice!

I have some other shapes on my site, so if you want some more ideas, you can check it out here:

We Are Family (author)2015-05-26

Beautiful Inwill make @

judybee28 (author)2015-05-20

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.

gracechichi (author)judybee282015-05-20

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?

More Ideas Than Skills (author)2015-05-11

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.

Looks great! I like your mix of plants too!

neilcp (author)2015-04-21

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

grannyjones (author)2015-04-19

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

harsh4299 (author)2015-04-09

Its really cool

alfredolivas made it! (author)2015-04-09

Nice - great Science and engineering/recycling project - thanks!

gracechichi (author)alfredolivas2015-04-09

great job! Using a plastic container makes this project much easier - thanks for the tip!

NOTE: Perhaps a good modification for this just in case you don't have tools or would rather practice first - USE a PLASTIC container like we did! It took us all of 25 minutes beginning to end.

terriilyn (author)2015-04-09

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

ACAPALIA (author)2015-04-03


Corinbw (author)2015-03-18

I am super inspired. I want to make this for my grandmas beautiful garden, but I only have a dremel. What bit should I use. Rotary file or diamond spur bit? Is there a method to weaken the spot where it needs to brek so I could just break? Maybe heat the pot and cool that line quickly?

gracechichi (author)Corinbw2015-03-19

I actually did use a dremel the first time I made this. It works, but it was really slow, think it took me around 20 minutes to cut (as opposed to 5 min with the rotozip). I used a 1/8 inch tile cutting bit.
I haven't tried your suggestion to weaken and break, so don't know if that would work. You might try using the dremel to score the pattern onto the inside of clay pot, then heat and cool rapidly. I would test it on a unwanted pot first, though. Good luck, and let me know how it comes out.

Corinbw (author)gracechichi2015-03-20

thank you, I hope it will work...

TheNightfalcon (author)2015-02-13

This is pretty sweet, will give it a try in spring, thank you for sharing!

PenfoldPlant (author)2015-02-12

This is great! I love the cascade of foliage down the side.

ysabet (author)2015-02-11

Beautifully done, and a very nice set of instructions! I'll have to make one of these.

The Green Gentleman (author)2015-02-11

I love this! That looks so cool! I wish I were 1" tall!

makemesomecookies (author)2015-02-10

This is just lovely--thank you for sharing.

raymond.stone.7946 (author)2015-02-08

Very nice project, thanks for posting. BTW, those fence panels on your site, with all the different shapes, that's the coolest fence I've EVER seen! Any chance you could do an instruct on that too? That would be great!

Thanks for all the comments! This is my first instructables so I'm pretty new, but it's great to see what a nice community of DIY'ers are here.

As far as the fence panels, those were done a few years ago, so I don't have pictures of it being made, but I'll work on putting together an instructables for the man/woman and cat/dog standalone panels - they're pretty similar. I'll try to get those up shortly.

Thank you. Found it & I like it, too.

I'd like to see the fence. How can i find it?

I found it on gracechichi's site - there's a link below her name. The fence I'm talking about is on the "My Garden" tab - the one with all the different colors and shapes. I love it!

npittaway (author)2015-02-10

That's brilliant! Never ceases to amaze me how creative and gifted people are. Plus, it's a great opportunity to add to the power tool collection... Keep up the good work gracechichi and thanks for taking the time to share.

abuzz_lite (author)2015-02-10

So cute! I'm putting this on my project list. Thanks for sharing.

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ZeyLeeeee (author)2015-02-08

It remind me of the castle in fairy tale ~thank you so much!!!

It's so pretty

rose_adamaj (author)2015-02-07

Love it!!! Absolutely doing this. Great ible, pictures, instructions, thank you.

Fikjast Scott (author)2015-02-07


can not wait for spring to do this project

Rare李若曦 (author)2015-02-07

I think it is so easy,but nice!

adamwatters (author)2015-02-06

This is great! I'm imagining the tiny person who lives up the steps just around the corner

Wired_Mist (author)2015-02-06

That is one of the coolest planter I've ever seen! O.o

All you need is a small fountain pump to make a creek; Love the terrace Btw :D

kbc2 (author)2015-02-06

That is very cool! I am starting my gnome collection and this would make for a cool deco.

jmyers1 (author)2015-02-06

So cute! I could just see this full of thyme!

robokop (author)2015-02-06


Urban Flock (author)2015-02-06

very nice... salvage opportunity here too... Lowes and HD would be happy to give broken pots away or deep discounts... very nice!

cdstudioNH (author)Urban Flock2015-02-06

Smart, Mr. Flock! This is very aesthetically pleasing...

Mielameri (author)2015-02-06

This is so whimsical and cute! Love it

seamster (author)2015-02-06

Very cool idea!

I hope you'll share lots more great gardening ideas like this!

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