Tipsy Flower Pots

March 1, 2012

To make a tipsy flower pot stand, get at least 76 inches of rebar and pound 1 foot of it into ground. Place a 12 inch pot over/down rebar through the pot drain hole and fill with dirt so that your second pot will rest on top of dirt. Lace remaining pots through rebar (size of you choice) and tip to your desired position. I used 4 (10 inch) pots and 1 (8 inch) pot on top. Five terra cotta pots with flowers arranged vertically on rebar.


Fill with plants and pound any remaining rebar down so it doesn't show outside the top pot. It would probably be a good idea to put a layer of mulch on top of the soil as clay pots dry out fast in the hot summer sun.


By tracey v from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Five terra cotta pots with flowers arranged vertically on rebar.

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February 18, 2009

I am looking for instructions how to make an upright plant stand out of terra cotta pots. I have seen them at flea markets and craft shows in TX. I think they have a steel rod that goes through the hole in the bottom and the pots are kind of zig zagged. I don't know how else to explain it. I never examined one close enough to really see how it was held together. They were like 5 feet tall. Thank you!


Amanda from NC


By Kathy (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful

I think these are called Topsy Turvey pots. Just Google it and you'll get a ton of directions on how to make them.

By Debbie (Guest Post)
February 19, 20090 found this helpful

They are called tipsy pots. I agree they are cute, I had quite a spectacular one last year and am excited about planting it again this year. You can google tipsy pots for the instructions.

February 20, 20090 found this helpful

You can also go to to purchase a stand that is very sturdy. Also you can find alot of decorating ideas.

By Sandy (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

A PDF file is available at They are called Tipsy Pots.

July 3, 20090 found this helpful

There is a metal stand available to make a stack for your porch or deck. Also, I saw a hanging pole in 2 sizes. Very affordable, I paid $10.00 for mine and got instructions.


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April 26, 2010

I am looking for instructions on how to make a flowerpot tree. A rod goes through the center hole of the pot. Then the next pot is slid on and tipped, all made 5 pots high. I thought I saw it here, but can't seem to find it now.

By Paulette Gulakowski from Turtle Creek, PA


April 27, 20100 found this helpful

April 28, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you! That's exactly what I'm looking for.

May 6, 20100 found this helpful

You need a larger pot for the base to support the tree part. Fill with soil then With length of rebar inserted in the larger pot, put the smaller pots on with the rebar thru the holes. As you put them on fill it soil.


Lean each one a different direction. when last one is full of soil, fill each pot with different kinds of flowers and plants. Some of them trailing. Your choice.

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March 20, 2012

I had been wanting to make on of these planters for The Path Garden for a couple of years. Just hadn't gotten around to it. The 99 Cent store had the clay pots so I got 5 and asked DH to go get the rebar for it.

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