Generally speaking, a flower pot or planter can make a big difference in the appearance of a home. Colorful pots add a quirky, fun appeal, while intricate metal or carved stone planters have a formal air of sophistication. Don’t forget about the layout, either; one pot on each side of a doorway is a simple way to welcome guests to your home, while diversity in size and shape allows for an artistic twist on landscape decorating.
I have always been drawn to modern stone planters and their stable, clean look, despite a few major drawbacks: their price and weight. Have you ever tried to lug a stone planter from the store, into your car, then to your yard? Whew, what a workout! I figured there must be an easier and cheaper alternative to achieving a similar look. Utilizing light, plastic pots and a little spray paint, you can transform cheap pieces into a one-of-a-kind yard decoration! Here’s what I did to create a beautiful, stacked flower pot:
- 3 or 4 plastic flower pots of varying heights and widths (Make sure that, when filled with soil and stacked, there is ample room left in the soil to plant your flowers in a crescent shape around the stacked pot. If the sizes of your pots are too similar, there will be no room to plant flowers on the lower “tiers”. See photos below for additional information.)
- Old newspapers or sheet to protect workspace
- Primer spray (Try to choose a brand that is formulated for use on plastic. I used Rustoleum 2x Ultracover.)
- Krylon Natural Stone Spray Paint in Charcoal (or dark shade of your choosing. I liked the gray, but feel free to experiment!)
- Krylon Natural Stone Spray Paint in Granite (or lighter shade of your choice.)
- Potting soil
- Gardening gloves
- Hand shovel
1. Protect your work area and gather all the materials! These are the flower pots that I chose; the bottom pot has the widest brim but is shorter than the others. The middle and top pots fit nicely when stacked respectively, and leave plenty of room for flowers on each tier.
2. Cover each pot with a layer of the primer and let dry according to the directions on the can. Concentrate on the outside and don’t forget underneath the lip, if applicable. Since you will be filling the pots almost fully with soil, there is no need to spray the entire inside with primer or paint; just painting a few inches that might show at the top is good enough.
3. Use your darker spray to paint each pot. Let dry completely. My first layer of paint was kind of drippy, so I had to let it dry and then sand it down to smooth out the texture.
4. Next, you are going to add some depth to the color by spraying a thin layer of the lighter paint. Natural stone has variations in the color and texture, so adding a second layer of paint in a lighter color helps the finished product look more authentic. Just compare the differences in the color of the photo above to the one below!
5. Once your pots are fully dried, it is time to start planting! Put a small layer of fresh potting soil down at the bottom of your largest pot, and place your flowers around the edge in a crescent shape. Play around with the layout, and add more soil if needed, leaving a spot open behind your plants to stack your second pot. Then, firmly press the empty soil down to reduce any shifting and settling, and add your second pot. You may even prefer to build the soil up a bit more to raise your pot up depending on how tall the flowers in the front are. Add some more soil and pat it around the base for extra stability. The photos below show what this process should look like from the front and the back.
6. Repeat the same step with your next pots. Fill in your top flower pot as much as possible- no need to leave any open area in this one! Once finished, you will be left with a creative, faux-stone stacked planter.
I used my planter this summer, and was able to re-fill it for the fall season! This time, I left the middle tier free from flowers and added some small, seasonal gourds and cute bows made of hay. Feel free to experiment and get creative! You could shift each pot to the center and plant your flowers all the way around, creating a cute pine-tree shaped arrangement. Have fun with the color choices, too; perhaps try your favorite sports team’s colors, make an ombre effect, or vary the color throughout each layer and create a checkerboard-type pattern! The possibilities are endless.
I hope you enjoy this quick, easy, and thrifty craft as much as I did! Do you have any favorites when it comes to garden decor? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂