Thursday, June 10, 2010

Inquiring Minds….Tipsy Pots

Time for another answer session for inquiring minds that want to know more.

Becky over at Nine is Fine made her own door planter after the last inquiring minds session. 

It came out so cute!  I like her version so much better than mine…..

9 is fine door planter and tipsy pots

Funny how no matter what we have of our own we always like someone else’s better. 

Is it just me, or do you do that too?

Thank you Becky for the nice shout-out on your post.

While reading Becky's comments I saw that a lot of people were asking about tipsy pots, had never seen them. 

I found that funny, because I’ve had mine so long.  Thought everyone knew about them.  So…even though they asked Becky and not me I thought I would post the link to the best tutorial I’ve seen on these.

Melissa has a great blog and is very generous with her tutorials.  Hers was one of the very first blogs I ever read.

Tipsy Pot Instructions by the Empress of Dirt 

The only things I do differently is to use

1)Rebar instead of copper pipe.  It’s much cheaper and you never see the pipe anyway.

2) lightweight resin pots instead of terra cotta.  Mostly because I had them on hand at the time, but they have weathered well, don’t dry out as much as terra cotta, and I leave them out year around and have not had to worry about cracking.

You do however have to reposition the pots from year to year, as you can see in the 2 photos below of mine, the pots settled a lot from the first year (top photo) to the third year.

I was lazy this year and in a hurry, so didn’t do much to fix it, just added the plants!

013Year one.  I tried to crop out all the weeds from the photo..not very successfully I’m afraid.015-1

Year 3

Yup, seeing these photos together is a real eye opener!  I need to go fix that now.

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere……



  1. I love the tipsy pots and I may try to make one. They are just eye catching! Thanks for the info!

  2. I love the tipsy pots but have never made one. I'll be gathering pots to make one. Thanks for the pictures and the link to the tutorial.

  3. I live in Los Angeles and there are all kinds of finds everyday within two blocks of our apartment.

    I was so inspired, I decided to create a website that will allow all of you DIYers to sell the furniture online, since no else is catering to the recycled furniture world.

    Check out what an artist did with old high school bleachers and vintage lockers!

    T. Rivera


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