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Primitive tipsy pot planters | DIY Rustic garden decor.


“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ” ~Abram L. Urban

Oh, sweet Summer time.  The sounds of bees buzzing around the yard and the laughter of children fill the air, the grass is warm on your toes and you are ready to plant some flowers, but aren’t sure what to plant to be different from every other garden on your block.

The tipsy pot planter is a great Do It Yourself project anyone can do, with just a few supplies and a bit of a green thumb.

Using these simple steps below, you can create your own primitive tipsy pot planter!

Primitive Tipsy Pot Planter

Project Cost: Under $60.00
Project Level: Medium
Project Supplies: Flowers, Potting soil, Primitive pots, 1/2″ steel conduit |Project Tools: Drill, 1″ hole saw.

1.) Pick the location where you want your tipsy pot planter.  I chose to place mine in a place where the grass has never really grown well, right near my main entrance, which makes a great way to greet guests as they come for a visit.

2.) Drill holes into the bottom of each pot.  If you are using the 1/2″ conduit, you will need to drill a 1″ hole in each pot.  This is what allows the pots to tip from side to side.

I used a drill with a 1″ hole saw attached.

3.) Place your first, larger pot in the location you desire.

4.) Push your conduit into the ground,  through the hole you drilled in the larger pot & fill your pot with potting soil.

5.) Continue stacking your pots, tipping them as you go, along the way.  Fill them with dirt and whatever flowers your little heart desires. I mainly use flowers that will grow and eventually drape over the edge of the buckets (ivy, vinca vine, petunias, Calibrachoa etc).

Finished Project:

Your guests (and you) will LOVE walking up to your door and being greeted by such beauty and character, and don’t forget to add a sweet little sign to personalize your new tipsy pot planter :


Your steel conduit should be even or below the top tipsy pot, if needed, give it a few good pounds to push it down into the ground farther.

Pack your soil nice and tight into the first pot, as the rest of your pots will be resting right in the larger of all the pots.

The more rust your bucket has, the easier it will be to drill through.

A primitive tipsy pot planter  is a great way to upcycle ,(be creative and design your own with whatever you have laying around or find for a good deal at an antique store) and will add beauty and character to your garden and yard, and leave your guests asking ‘How did you do that!?’

Thanks for reading,


*You can also read this blog post in the June issue of Queen of the Castle Magazine online , or pick up a copy at a local business.

*Garden gloves used for this project; Tomboy Tools pink rubber grip gloves. (Just $7.00, to order, email Tracey at and please tell her Kelly from The Pink Hammer blog sent you!)



70 thoughts on “Primitive tipsy pot planters | DIY Rustic garden decor.

  1. simply adorable!

  2. Well, as if a move & family doesn’t keep you busy enough…..look at this wonderful project!

  3. Stunning. Love it.

  4. Wow there is an after life for leaking buckets. Best planter I have ever seen. Great job. Bet this could even work for Strawberry plants.

  5. I was going to do this with clay pots but yours is much much nicer – must go find me some old pots now! beautiful job!!

  6. luv this idea…have some chippy white enamel pots just waiting to become tipsy!!!!

  7. Thank you for sharing your whimsical planter with us……it is rather delightful.

  8. That is just a fun and creative idea! I love a little whimsy in the garden!

  9. love it, can’t wait to make one of my own.

  10. Just popped over from Inspred by Charm, and I am loving this!!! You’ve made this project look so easy to put together. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for old metal vessels to create one of my own. Thanks for sharing this great project. I look forward to checking out more of your projects.

    • Hi Carla! So glad to have you visit on my blog! I love having new visitors/readers! If you do create your own tipsy planter, please find The Pink Hammer on facebook and make sure to share your creation with me on there, I would love to see! 🙂

  11. Amazing! I’ve got a base, just need to keep my eyes open for more galvanized goodies! Thanks for an amazing project.

  12. Oh goodness… you have no idea how much I LOVE this! I hope you don’t mind me sharing you on my FB page. Found this through Michael!


  13. Found you through Michael at Inspired by Charm. And this planter is absolutely charming! Yard sales here I come a lookin’ for the perfect vessels. Now to read through the rest of your blog!

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  15. Stumbled upon this and love it!!! I had been collecting old pails for years. They sat in my basement just waiting for the perfect project! I completed mine yesterday. LOVE it!!! Even my husband and son were thrilled with the look.

  16. Hi Kelly, love this! Do you drill the holes in the center on ALL buckets…or to one side or the other?

  17. Love this so much, I couldn’t wait to find rusty buckets. I actually found one, but I bought the tub and another bucket at a farm supply store. For the top I wanted to use a metal watering can and I found one at a flea market that had flowers painted on it and I tipped that to make it look like it was watering the planter. It turned out perfect. Thanks for an awesome inspiration.

  18. I love, love, love your pretty planters and I’m collecting tins like yours to make my own! I do hope they turn out as lovely as yours are! I’ve got this linked to my planters post as well today, for inspiration!

  19. I love this planter. I particularly like the idea of several containers in a vertical space rather than horizontal. Fantastic!

  20. THis really gives me ideas, growing strawberrys, flowers, etc. Thank you

  21. Great Idea! I’m lovin’ this tower idea for my old rusty bucket collection…..might start with strawberries.

  22. Oh ! how wonderful your new creation is !!!
    Just Unbelievable!!!

  23. I love this, and am so glad the “Two Women with a Hoe” shared it on Facebook!! I’m going to try making one, though perhaps not till next year, as everything is burning up here in Kansas this summer!

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  25. Love this idea. I am doing this for sure next spring. Being a rusty old lady I have lost of rusty old buckets to make it and a rusty old husband to help me. I like the idea to put a watering can on top and I just happen to have one of those laying around. Thanks again for the idea and the instructions on how to do it. I never could have figured that out. Learn something new every day.

  26. This is such a fun and beautiful project. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!
    Neaten Your Nest

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  28. Just fantastic. Can’t wait til spring.

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    Rustic garden decor. The Pink Hammer Blog” was in fact superb.
    I’m printing out a copy to present to my personal
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  30. Oh my! I can’t wait to try! I was wondering if a good long stick of bamboo or other wood might work instead of the rebar? I have a neurological condition leaving me permanently disabled. I have to steer clear from heavy metals and wonder if the metal in the rebar might be a problem if I grew edibles in it. Just wondering if the bamboo would be strong enough to hold if far enough into ground?

  31. Love these pots! Thank you!

  32. Me gusta mucho la idea, lo hare en Bs As, Argentina. (I love the idea, I am going to do it at home in B.A., Argentina. Sorry about my English)

  33. I am a newbie to Pinterest and that is where I had the thrill to see this amazing planter idea!!! I have an old copper tub that has been in my family forever and some other metal flat wash pans & a watering can that I will “display” my annuals this year. I will use the watering can at the top and have flowers “pouring out into the others below! You are such a great source of inspiration and a breath of fresh Spring air!!! ;-)))

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  35. I’m so glad you linked this up, Kelly! It’s beautiful! Great tutorial too! I’m including a link back in this week’s highlights. I’m ready to think spring and this is such an inspiration! 🙂

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  39. Adorable idea!!!! You are so clever!!!!

  40. Thank you so much for the instructions on the Tipsy Pot…they were flawless! I made mine yesterday and it came great, I am so proud of it! It took some searching around the Antiques Fair for buckets, a piece of rebar from the hardware store and beautiful flowers from Home Depot! Viola!

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  42. Hello, I just acquired quite a collection of older galvanized buckets and small troughs. I really like your version of the topsy turvy pots planter. I do not have a drill to make the larger holes that you used. Perhaps, I could use a large mail to pound a hole into them. I just do not want to damage the already weak bottoms. What would you suggest?

  43. What is a 1/2″ conduit?

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  45. Thank you for the great instructions on the tipsy pot. I just moved into a new place and I want to enhance the front. This is a great idea.

  46. Can someone please tell me where to go to get these pots?

    • Hi Darleen! Check your local Junk/antique stores, flea markets , garage sales, etc IF you can no find any no matter where you look, you may purchase them from me (for the cost of pots + shipping from Wisconsin) Thanks!

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