Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tiered Planter

I found this cute little baby over at an awesome craft blog called I am Momma Hear me Roar and thought I'd try my hand at it.

The Tiered Planter

That blog didn't actually have the tutorial for the project-just some pictures- so I linked up to this blog to get the exact instructions on how to do it. In case you're interested here's how I did it...

I started with 3 terrecota pots (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small-which I got for 50% off at Hobby Lobby) and a saucer to fit the largest pot.

I sprayed everything with a clear water seal spray.

After that dried I sprayed my largest and smallest pot red (colonial red to be specific)

And sprayed my medium pot yellow (summer squash I think was the name of it). I think I ended up doing about 3 coats of spray per pot.

I let everything dry about 24 hours and then started stacking them. I first laid about 3 inch of potting soil in the bottom pot, stacked 2 rectangular bricks on top (.50 each at Home Depot), and cut up some water bottles to fill in the extra space. I did this to allow room for the roots to grow and to make it lighter to move around.

Next I placed the yellow pot on top of the bricks and then poured soil in to fill in the rest of the bottom red pot. (sorry no pic)

Then you just repeat those steps for your next two pots to make your tier. Just to note- I only used the water bottles in the bottom pot and only used 1 square brick in the medium pot (instead of 2 like in the large one). Is this making sense? I was trying to finish planting before it got dark so I wasn't too concerned with taking pictures along the way.

Then we planted our flowers!! (I say we because at this point it was after 9:00 at night and I needed Bobby's help to finish before dark)

On the tutorial mentioned above Amy said that you should have a thriller, a spiller and a filler. For my "thriller" I used lilies and snapdragons. For my "spiller" I used Ivy, and for the "filler" (I couldn't stop with just one type; flowers are going on major sale right now since the season for them is almost over-or so I was told-and I wanted this to be super bright, fun and cheery) so I have a mixture of several different flowers-of which most I can't remember the names or find those little tags that come in the pots so...sorry. I guess those of you that are flower gurus will know. Anyhow, I really love how it turned out!

The lilies on top are my favorite!

I love how much color it adds to the front of our house! Now let's just see how long I can keep everything alive!

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