Directions for Tipping Flower Pots


Flower pots are an inexpensive way to add color to the corners or areas of your garden where the soil is not good for planting. Try something different with your pots and create a vertical display of cascading, tipping flower pots that will liven up the front or back of your home with an unusual burst of color, and save space in your small outdoor areas.

Step 1

Clear the area where you are going to build the tower of tipping pots. A 2-foot circle is plenty. Remove large rocks and weeds or grass from the soil.

Step 2

Drive the piece of rebar 2 feet into the ground. This will ensure that it can hold the weight of the flower pots, which will be quite heavy when filled with soil and plants.

Step 3

Slide the 12-inch pot onto the rebar pole by threading the tip of the pole through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Slide the pot to the bottom of the pole, so that the base of the pot is resting flat on the ground.

Step 4

Fill the first pot with potting soil. Then, slide the second pot (one of the 10-inch pots) onto the pole until the base of it rests on the soil in the first pot. Let it tilt to one side, with the rim touching the rebar. Fill it with potting soil.

Step 5

Thread the remaining three pots onto the pole, tilting them so that they alternate directions. Be sure to fill each one with soil before threading the last one onto the pole. Finally, plant the flowers in each pot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Water slowly so the water doesn't quickly run off the tilted pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • 66-inch piece of rebar
  • Sledgehammer or mallet
  • 1 (12-inch) terra-cotta pot
  • 4 (10-inch) terra-cotta pots
  • Potting soil
  • Flowers
  • Newspaper (optional)
  • Mulch (optional)


  • Gardens and Crafts: Tipsy Pots

Who Can Help

  • Container gardening tips
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.