How to make a tipsy clay pot arrangement

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How to make a tipsy clay pot arrangement
A toppling pot tower adds a feature to your patio. (gardenchien)

Do you like to plant flowers but are tired of the same look every year? Then try something new, like making a tipsy flower pot arrangement. If you have some clay flower pots just lying around, then half of the items needed are already at hand. You can be the envy of the neighbourhood when the flowers planted in your tipsy clay pot arrangement bloom. This gardening project is quick and easy to set up, and you'll enjoy the end results.

Things you need

  • Large clay flower pot
  • Small clay flower pots
  • Long metal rod
  • Soil
  • Flowers

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  1. 1

    Pick a spot to place your tipsy clay pot arrangement. This can be set against your house, by the porch or as a focal point in your garden. Push the long metal rod into the ground. If the ground is soft enough you can just push it in but you may need to drive it in with something heavy.

  2. 2

    Slide the large clay pot onto the large rod through the drainage hole and fill it all the way up with soil. You can press the soil down and then add a little water to firm it up. This will be the base for the first small clay pot to rest on.

  3. 3

    Select one of the smaller pots and settle it over the rod and on top of the large pot. Put some soil in the smaller pot and tilt it to one side. The smaller clay pots don't all have to be the same size. You can always get four alternating sizes, as long as the very bottom clay pot is the largest.

  4. 4

    Thread the next pot down the rod and fill it with soil, making it tilt to the opposite side of the first smaller pot. This pot should rest on the rim of the pot underneath it. Arrange the other two pots, making sure they tilt in opposite directions and sit on the rim of the pot below them. You can keep adding pots until there isn't any more rod left.

  5. 5

    Plant the flowers of your choice and wait for them to bloom. When planting the flowers, you'll need to leave 2.5 cm (1 inch) of space at the top of all four of the smaller pots. This way, when watered, the soil won't leave with the water. Adding mulch to the top of the pots will help to prevent the loss of soil.

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