Step 1: Gather your materials.
1 12" flower pot
1 saucer to go under the base pot (optional)
4 8" flower pots*
1 4' garden stake (sturdy- steel covered in plastic- I got mine at Wal-Mart)
20" of 1/2" PVC or similar (look around in your garage- you don't need much)
Flowers/plants- I planted 3-4 four-inch flower squares on each tier
- I used plain terra cotta pots- I wouldn't recommend using the azalea terra cotta pots. Your pots MUST have the drainage hole on the bottom.
Step 2: Cut the stake to the desired length
Step 3: Cut the PVC.
You will need two lengths of pipe, one slightly (1" or so) larger than the other. I ended up cutting mine to 8.5 and 9.5 inches. I also cut these at an angle so the ends would taper slightly to fit more snugly in the pot.
Make sure your shorter pipe fits in the bottom of the 12" pot (without touching the bottom) and make sure the longer pipe fits over (and perpendicular to) the shorter pipe without touching it.
Step 4: Drill holes in the exact center of the PVC.
Start with a small drill bit, then gradually change it out to get large enough for the stake to fit through but still snug.