DIY Tiered Planter

We just recently built a house, and since I can’t plant any flowers or shrubs in our weed-filled front yard (we have to wait for the irrigation guys to come put our system in), I decided I might as well plant a bunch of potted plants.

I was browsing Pinterest one day and came across this picture of a tiered planter and thought it was adorable, so I decided to give it a try. I am definitely no gardener, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

The best part about this project is that it’s cheap and easy!

Materials you will need:

  • Three terracotta pots: one large, one medium, one small
  • Spray paint
  • Potting soil
  • Wood blocks (or cement blocks)
  • Flowers (I used mostly petunias and marigolds, since it is pretty late in the summer to be planting and those were basically the only colorful flowers left at the local nursery)


First thing’s first, choose the color (or colors) you want your pots to be. Be creative and have fun with this part. It’s definitely a way to add some color to your front steps.

I chose teal and red because I love how the colors look together, and my front door is red so I figured it would match.

Spray paint your pots and let them dry overnight.

Once your pots are dry, you are ready to start planting. I planted the flowers in the smallest pot first. Just fill it with soil and plant the flowers like you would normally plant a single pot.

Now take your wood blocks and put them in the medium sized pot. Spread some dirt around them so they will stand upright.

Set the small pot on top of the blocks to make sure they are the right height. You want the dirt in the medium pot to cover the bottom of the smallest pot.

Once the wood blocks are the right height, stick the small pot on top and fill the rest of the medium pot with soil. Add the flowers you wish to use. I used some Vinca Vines in the medium pot so they would drape over the sides.

Once the medium pot is ready to go, you do basically the same thing with the largest pot.

Add the wood blocks, set the medium pot (with the small pot attached) on top of the wood blocks and fill the largest pot with soil.

Plant some flowers in the front, pack the soil on top and voila! Your tiered terracotta planter is ready to be shown off to the world!

Oh, and I can’t forget to show you my little ‘helper’, too!

Amy at Positively Splendid gives you her step-by-step instructions on how she made her tiered planter as well. Be sure to check it out, and all of the other great ideas she has on her site!

5 Responses to DIY Tiered Planter

  1. such a cute idea

  2. That looks really nice! I’ll have to add this onto my list of projects I’d like to do. Looks fun too )

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