How to Make a Tiered Terracotta Pot Stand

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How to Make a Tiered Terracotta Pot Stand
Terracotta pots are often used for container gardens. (spikes & flowers image by Tracy Horning from

A tiered terracotta pot stand can add visual interest to any space. These pot stands can be made in a variety of sizes, and can be used indoors or outside. They also do not have to hold plants; they can be used to display a variety of other items instead. The instructions that follow are for a larger pot stand for outdoor use. However, the premise is the same for any size stand. This is a good weekend project, as it can be finished in two days.

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Things you need

  • Terracotta pots: large, medium and small
  • Rocks, small to medium river rocks
  • Rebar or plant stand frame
  • Instant cement
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Potting soil
  • Plants

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  1. 1

    Mix cement in bucket with water and shovel according to package directions. Put the rebar in the pot and use rocks at the bottom of the pot to hold the rebar in place. Pour or shovel concrete on top of the rock. Fill the pot 2/3 full of concrete. Let the concrete set.

  2. 2

    Use the next smallest pot and thread it onto the rebar through the drain hole. Tilt the pot so it rests at an angle against the rebar and the pot below it.

  3. 3

    Thread a pot of the same size or smaller onto the rebar. This pot needs to be set at a different angle than the one below it. Continue setting pots at alternating angles until the desired height is reached.

  4. 4

    Fill the pots with potting soil and plants.

Tips and warnings

  • The bottom pot can be filled with decorative rocks, glass or moss if plants do not fit well in the setting.
  • Pots can be painted or otherwise embellished. Be sure to use a clear coat to protect paints or embellishments if the stand is outside.

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