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Flowerpot Tote

Arrange three terra-cotta pots in this handy holder you can use as a display or as a way to transport your flowers.

Tote with three filled flowerpots.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1/2 x 6 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 1/2 x 2 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 2 - 1/4 x 3 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 2 - 1/4 x 2 x 24 poplar craft board
  • 7/8 x 48 round poplar dowel
  • #8 x 1-1/4-in wood screws
  • Valspar paint, 8 ounces: Exotic Sea (#5004-10B), Pantone Camellia Rose (#PN5040), and Autumn Glimmer (#2003-1A)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Step 1

Cut the bottom (A), ends (B), upper slats (C), and lower slats (D) to length (Flowerpot Tote Project Diagram). Then cut the handle ends (E) to length. If you plan to mount the dowel handle (F) to the handle ends -- an optional step if you want to remove the handle easily -- drill centered 9/64-inch countersunk holes in the handle ends 3/4 inch from the top.

Step 2

Glue and clamp the ends (B) to the bottom (A) and check that they’re square.

Step 3

Glue and clamp slats to the ends.

Glue and clamp the lower slats (D) to the bottom and ends. Then glue and clamp the upper slats (C) to the ends.

Step 4

Glue and clamp the handle ends (E) centered on the ends (B) with the countersinks (if any) facing out.

Step 5

Measure between the ends of the handle ends and cut the 7/8-inch dowel handle (F) slightly longer than that distance. If you plan to mount the dowel handle to the ends, drill 1/8-inch pilot holes centered on both ends of the dowel.

Step 6

Tape off the slats and dowel handle where you’ll paint stripes. Then apply two coats of paint in the colors of your choice (Exotic Sea, Pantone Camellia Rose, and Autumn Glimmer shown).

Step 7

Depending on the sizes of pots and flowers you’ll display, you can add the pots before or after installing the dowel handle (F). To install the handle, drive #8 x 1-1/4-inch wood screws through the countersunk holes in the handle ends (E) and into the handle pilot holes.