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Terra-Cotta Outdoor Table

Stack terra-cotta pots and saucers to create a handy deck or patio table.

Table made from terra-cotta pots and saucer

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Pliers


  • 2 - 12-in-diameter terra-cotta pots, #94453
  • 12-1/4-in terra-cotta saucer, #94459
  • 2 - 1/2-in x 2-in fender washers
  • 2 - 2-in rubber washers
  • 1/2-in x 2-in galvanized hex bolt
  • 1/2-in galvanized hex nut

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Step 1

Place the two terra-cotta pots on their sides on a flat surface with the drain holes facing each other.

Step 2

Place a fender washer on the 2-inch hex bolt followed by a rubber washer. Insert the bolt through the drain holes of both pots. Add a second rubber washer, fender washer, and hex nut. Tighten the nut with your fingers just enough to pull the pots together.

Step 3

Check that the edges of the pot bases are flush and tighten the nut with your fingers. If necessary, use pliers to gently tighten the nut until the pots stop sliding against each other. Avoid overtightening the nut and cracking the pots.

Step 4

Completed terra-cotta outdoor table

Place the pot assembly where you want it and set the saucer into the opening of the upper pot. Estimated cost: $29.

Good to Know

You can lift the saucer out to empty rainwater. In snowy climates, store the entire table indoors during freezing weather.