Tilting Pots are a very creative way to showcase some of your favorite plants.
Now I have seen many “How To’s” across the web on doing larger tilting pots using rebar, and securing to the ground, but I wanted something much smaller; something you could put on a table. So I starting playing around with different items from my garage, and finally came up with this generic how-to. I call it generic as it is still a work in progress, and not yet perfected.
I would love to hear from any of you out there who know of better ways or better parts in securing these small clay pots. So please feel free to drop me a message here, and I will add any helpful info and give credit where do.
So here is what I have come up with as of this post…
(Keep in mind this will be very generic instructions. You will need to play with different sizes to see what works for you. Also, I have added links to Home Depot parts where I purchased some of my items. I hope the links don’t change. Please let me know if they do.)
- 2-3 different small sized assorted clay pots (4″ or less as the biggest one for what I did here)
- Clay Pot Sealer (optional)
- (1) Crown Bolt 1/4 in. x 12 in. Zinc Threaded Rod
(I suggested the longer rod since the exact size of pots and how they will line up would be unknown. So plan on using a hacksaw to cut the rod once you have figured out how everything will line up.)
- (1) 1/4 in.-20 x 5/16 in. Zinc-Plated Tee Nut (4-Pieces)
- (1) package of Crown Bolt 1/4 in. Zinc-Plated Nuts, Washers and Lock Washers (10-Pieces)
Needle Nose Pliers
- Hanger Iron (Metal Strapping with holes) — I am sure there has to be something else better out there for this part, but this is what I used this time.
- Tin Snips to cut the Metal Strapping into smaller pieces.
- Eye Protection – When using Tin Snips to cut the Metal Strapping, you should always where protective eye shielding, as pieces fly off at very high velocity.
(adapt these instructions as you see fit, and let me know if you find any easier ways to do this)
- First thing is to flatten the ‘Sharp’ metal points of the Tee Nut so they lay flat (see Figure 1a and 1b) BE VERY CAREFULL. These points are VERY SHARP. I found it easier to screw in the Threaded Rod temporarily to help hold the nut in place while I used the Needle Nose Pliers to bend the points down flat.
- Insert Tee Nut into bottom of your largest Clay Pot, and screw in Threaded Rod (see Figure 2a)
- Add 1-2 washers, a lock washer, and a nut to secure Tee Nut to the pot (see Figure 2b). Tighten loosely with fingers if possible (Important – Don’t over tighten as you will need to take this apart later to cut the threaded rod to exact length.
- Add a Second 1/4″ nut to the Rod, and turn it down the Rod until it is about 1″ underneath the lip of the Clay Pot. (see Figure 3a)
- Set pot assembly aside and grab the Tin Snips, Metal Strapping and Eye protection.
- Very carefully cut 3 pieces of Metal Strapping so that you have 2 large holes and one small hole in the middle (see Figure 4a)
- Again, very carefully using Needle Nose pliers, bend the 3 Metal Strap pieces in to about a 45 degree angle (see Figure 4a). These Metal Straps are VERY SHARP, and can easily cause injury. You might even want to use protective gloves at this point.
- Slide one of the Metal Straps over the Threaded Rod by gently squeezing the Strap together. DO NOT OVER SQUEEZE or make the strap flat, as it will loose it’s shape, thus loosing it’s locking ability on the Threaded Rod. The 45 degree angle helps it to lock on the Rod. (see Figure 4b). Slide it all the way down so it rests on top of the nut. NOTE: the pictures shows the Strap with three sides. This turned out not to be necessary, as only two sides seemed to work just fine as explained above. But again, experiment, and let me know what worked best for you!
- Now take your next smallest Clay Pot and carefully slide it down the Rod until it rests on top of the Metal Strap. (see Figure 5a)
- Take your second Metal Strap and carefully squeeze it together, and slide it down the Rod; securing the second Pot in place. NOTE: This will sound confusing, but you need to turn the second Metal Strap so that it is opposite facing from the first strap below, thus giving your second Pot the needed tilting angle effect (see Figure 5b)
- Now grab your third and smallest Clay Pot and carefully slide it down the Threaded Rod so that it is resting on the top lip of the Second Clay Pot (see Figure 6a)
- Now take your third Metal Strap and carefully pinch it just enough to slide it down the Rod, and secure it in place. NOTE: Make sure you angle this third Metal Strap so as to keep a good angle on the third pot. (see Figure 6b). Also Note that the only thing securing the bottom of the third Pot at this point is that it is resting on the top of the second Pot. Again, EXPERIMENT! let me know if you find better ways of doing this…
- Now with a felt pen, mark the rod about 1/2″ above the third Metal Strap, as this will be where you will use a Hack Saw to cut the Rod. NOTE: Once you have done one, you will find it easy to cut or purchase the Rod to YOUR exact fit so as to not have to take this all apart, and bypass this next part.
- Take the entire assembly apart, find the mark you just made on the Rod, and using a Hacksaw and Eye Protection, cut the Rod.
- Re-assemble your masterpiece, and seal your new creation with Clay Pot Sealer (Optional)
- Add soil, plant your favorite plants and ENJOY!
One added suggestion not made in the instructions would be to use a ceramic drill bit, and cut a secondary hole into the bottom of your bottom (biggest) pot for drainage as the Tee Nut assembly in instructions Part 3 will actually keep the pot from draining. If you overwater this could be detrimental to your plant depending on what plants you choose.