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Tiered Terra-Cotta Planter

Stacked terra-cotta saucers and pots have plants sitting pretty. Make this DIY planter in just two hours.

Tiered terra-cotta planter

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Spray bottle
  • Drill with 1/2-in. glass/tile bit


  • 11-in. terra-cotta saucer, #94459
  • 10-in. terra-cotta saucer, #94458
  • 8-in. terra-cotta saucer, #94457
  • 6-in. terra-cotta saucer, #94456
  • 4-in. terra-cotta pot, #94448
  • Sisal twine, #349244
  • 1/2-in.-13 x 2-ft. threaded rod, #215895
  • 6 - 1/2-in. x 1-1/2-in. zinc-plated fender washers
  • 5 - 1/2-in.-13 hot-dipped galvanized zinc hex nuts
  • 5-pack 1/2-in.-13 cap nuts

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

Use a drill with a 1/2-in. glass/tile bit to drill holes in the centers of all four saucers (soak the saucers in water and drill straight down from the top to keep them from cracking).

Step 2

Mark the middle of the threaded rod; run the 10-in. saucer up the rod to this halfway mark and secure with a washer and a hex nut above and below (see Project Diagram).

Step 3

Invert the 8-in. saucer and place underneath the 11-in. saucer. Attach both saucers at the bottom using a hex nut and washer above and below.

Step 4

Attach the 6-in. saucer and the 4-in. pot at the top of the rod using a washer and a hex nut at the bottom and a washer and cap nut inside the pot at the top.

Step 5


Adjust the saucer heights as desired by moving the hex nuts and washers up or down. Wrap twine around the threaded rod; tie at the end. Place additional 4-in. pots filled with your favorite plants on the saucers.

Good to Know

For a different look, try painting the saucers or leaving the metal rod exposed.