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There are already several versions of this project on instructables.  My wife saw them and wanted me to make her one, so this is my version of how I put the "Flower Tower of Pots" together.  This is my very first instructable, so please bear with me as I struggle through this!
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Step 1: Gathering the pots

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I started out with six regular sized flower pots, one large flower pot, and one catch pan for the large pot.  I would highly recommend doing some light sanding on any of the rough areas on the pots.  I didn't do this and regretted it later as I wanted a glossy surface, however, some of the rough areas came out dull.

Step 2: Base coat of white paint

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Paint all the pots high gloss white.  You can see in this photo, that I should have realized the rough spots weren't going to give me a high gloss finish.  So, once again, I suggest you go over those with some sandpaper prior to painting them white.  Allow plenty of time for this paint to dry.

Step 3: Making the polka dots

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I used some large 2 inch circle labels and applied them randomly all over the pots.  Make certain you smooth out the label "dots" onto the surface of the pots.

Step 4: Painting each pot

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I then painted each pot it's own unique color.  I applied several coats of paint allowing the pots to dry in between each coat.  I painted both the outside and the inside of the pots.  Painting over the label circle dots as I went.

Step 5: The polka dots come alive

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Once I applied several liberal coats of paint to the pots, I'd remove the stick on labels to reveal nice large white polka dots on each pot.
parisusa1 year ago
Love it! To elizruge: buy your own tools. Don't wait for your husband to do it! Tell him: Honey, you are handsome, I'll be handy! :)
Toffy1 year ago
This is fantastic....I have all the pots, now I need the paint, the dots, and the hardware. So so so fun and cute. Great job.
jenjenbug1 year ago
Great 'ible! Can't wait to show it to my husband. I just bought a bunch of little pots this weekend & now I know what I'm going to do with them!
I wish my hubby would make it for me ;)
charlye1 year ago
Great instructions & pics.
I think it looks great! Awesome job and awesome Instructable :)
elizruge1 year ago
i want to make this but i don't have any idea how to use the drill properly and my hysband won't buy me any power tools. he says i'm a menace to society. and even if i could, i live in italy and i have no clue as to what some of that hardware is called here! i love it...for now i'll content myself with stealing glances at's art :-)
brianfss1 year ago
Very Very well done!
Great design ideas. Now I have to make one for my wife. But that's okay--she deserves it.
I think I'll cut stencils of different shapes, instead of just polka dots.
mnmama1 year ago
Nice instructible, very attractive. I want one for all my herbs, but I wonder how tippy it is? I would also add round, figerglass screen, discs for each pot bottom to keep the potting soil in, just snip a slit for the rod and slip the round piece down before adding the next pot.
Good job.
KelHelmick (author)  mnmama1 year ago
I was worried about spillage myself, but after I put it on the shaft and started stacking them, I realized it wasn't a concern. Tippy, no. Wobbly? yes. The other ones I saw online were 5 pots high, I decided to go to 6. I thought about reinforcing it with some heavy conduit as a sleeve. However, once I got the dirt inside them, it firmed up quite a bit. It has now weathered several storms here in the southwest with no issues, including a monsoon and a haboob just this week!
Haboob is a massive dust wall/sand storm, isn't it? Glad to hear it handled the weather. Thanks again for a great idea!
glendafaye1 year ago
this has to be one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen, It reminds me of the topsy turvy cakes. I love it, you could sell these to garden shops and make a small fortune. Great diy project, thanks for sharing. Glenda in Savannah Ga.
mworsley1 year ago
Your tower looks amazing! You also did a great job of documenting your steps for the instructable post. I had been thinking about doing this again but in a "mini" version that can sit on a table top. I love the way you used the white labels to make perfect circles...I am going to try that too. Thanks for sharing!
KelHelmick (author)  mworsley1 year ago
Thank YOU for the original idea! For those of you who don't know this, my original plans were from "mworsley" here and here is the original instructable -
Gregbot1 year ago
nice! Thanks!
It turned out really good!