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My husband saw this clay pot tower in someone's yard several years ago and I just had to figure out how to make one. I found some very limited information online and learned they were called Tipsy Pots. I also have full instructions on my website as well as a PDF Printer Friendly version of the instructions. This project has also been featured in the April/May 2009 Issue of Birds and Blooms.http://www.gardensandcrafts.com/tipsypots.html

This is a great way to utilize all those clay pots we gardeners sometime collect over the years. Having all the plants in one place saves time and water.

Also, don't limit yourself to just clay pots, you can use any relatively round object that has a hole in the bottom. I also made a neat version out of old tea kettles, which you can view on the website link I gave above.

Step 1: Step 1 - Prepare the site

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First, clear a spot in your garden. Remove the sod and pound in a 66" long piece of 1/2" diameter rebar into the soil at least two feet. This is very important for stability as the pots being stacked on it will be heavy with soil, water and plants. Surround the area with several layers of black/white newspaper to help block any weeds that might come up through the mulch.

Note: Depending on the height of the pots you have chosen, you may need to lengthen or shorten the piece of rebar. I would suggest you measure the height of all the pots ahead of time and then add 24" to that total before cutting your rebar.
How much is the rebar, i really want to maje this, but am on disabilty, so am on a budget.

Try demolition yards & recycling centres at your local tip. You can probably get it cheaper there.

Doctor What6 years ago
That's very cute!
Where do I get rebar from or can I use something else?

You can get rebar (sometimes called re-rod) at any big box home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot. They may also sell it in more hometown stores like Do It Best and Ace Hardware.

iPodGuy3 years ago
Mothers' Day 2012?

Piece of cake thanks to you.

Awesome instructable!
1mercedes13 years ago
I love these Tipsy Pots; I too have been wanting one of these for several years, this is the year! :)
This is beautiful! I'm going to try doing this with my herbs this year
cairparavel3 years ago
I love this! My dogs love to trample my flowers so this would be a great solution!
cvianzon3 years ago
wyodudette6 years ago
I am doing one with strawberry plants.
How do you grow strawberrys. id like to try.
please reply
lotusduck6 years ago
I bet you could do this with a rope hanging from something instead of a piece of rebar anchored in the ground.
You would probably want to use stainless cable or chain because even nylon rope will rot after a while .
That is a awesoe idea though thanks!
connors335 years ago
 could you use plastic pots for this aas well?
GardensAndCrafts (author)  connors335 years ago
Yes....you can get very creative with this project.  I made one using old teapots as well.
chalky6 years ago
and heres mine:) i finally got around to making it lol
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chalky6 years ago
Thanks for this! I remember when i was a kid i used to wall past a garden on the way to school that had one of these in and it used to amaze me(lol i know simple minds and all that) anyway ive often wondered how it stayed up and now i know and im going to make one so cheeeeers:)
bettyroug546 years ago
Absolutely marvelous! What a great idea to create an interesting piece of landscaping. I am going to do this in my front yard garden.
862now6 years ago
I think I'll try this with succulents. Thanks for the newspaper trick.
I don't have a garden, but, I do have room on my balcony. would I be able to mod it to stand alone? couple of bricks in a larger base pot perhaps?
You can find what you are looking for here:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Tip-Top-Flower-Pots-Maximize-limited-space-to-gro/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Tip-Top-Flower-Pots-Maximize-limited-space-to-gro/</a><br/>
kyannik6 years ago
This looks great! I love it. I think I'll make one for my parents this summer.
atomicwoman6 years ago
I love this. I'm planting herbs in mine!
valmai6 years ago
i think it,s a great idea will be doing it my self thank you.
ShadowJesus6 years ago
mmould036 years ago
WONDERFUL IDEA! Will be doing this this afternoon! Thank you for a spectacular yet easy and affordable idea.
rupamagic6 years ago
Wow, super clever! Form and function at its best!
ChrysN6 years ago
That looks great, nicely done!
SinAmos6 years ago
I'm going to tell your straight up. This is freakin' da bomb. I love it. Am I gonna do it, probably not, but I still gots the love.
Sunbanks6 years ago
I like that :D I think I know what to make for mother's day...
hishealer6 years ago
Very nice! And a space saver too!
I like this very much..I will be making this.. Thanks..