3-Tiered Stacked Planter

Give your front porch a fresh and colorful facelift with this stacked planter project.

Recycle old clay pots into new front-porch decor. It’s a perfect way to put your house number, family name or the word “Welcome” on display for all to see. You can buy precut outdoor vinyl numbers or letters online or at the hardware store. Gather up the supplies below to get started crafting a stacked planter for your home!


  • 5 round terra-cotta pots (8 in., 10 in., 12 in. and two 6 in.)
  • Spray paint in your choice of 3 colors
  • 4-in.-tall x 2-in.-wide (or slightly larger) outdoor vinyl house numbers or letters
  • Potting soil and flowers
  • Waterproof epoxy or outdoor glue (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint the exterior of the 8-in., 10-in. and 12-in. pots in your choice of colors. Apply as many coats as needed, drying completely between coats, for full coverage. Let pots dry 24-48 hours.

Step 2

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply vinyl numbers or letters centered on one side of the 12-in. painted pot.

Step 3

Put about 2 in. of potting soil in the 12-in. pot. Then place an unpainted 6-in. pot upside down, centered on the potting soil. Press the upside-down pot’s rim into the soil to secure in place. Do the same, using more soil, inside the 10-in. pot with the remaining 6-in. pot. (The bottoms of these upside-down pots will provide a platform for the painted pots to sit on, forming tiers.)

Step 4

Stack the 10-in. pot inside the 12-in. pot, using the upside-down pot as a base. Do the same for the 8-in. pot inside the 10-in. pot. If desired, use a waterproof epoxy or outdoor glue to stabilize the pots.

Step 5

Fill all three stacked pots with potting soil, stopping a few inches from the rims. (The soil should completely cover the upside-down pots, if possible.) Then plant flowers as desired and display your creation on your front porch. Don’t forget to water it!

Editors’ Plant Picks: We used petunias for the three-tiered planter pictured here. They’re a good choice for a project like this because they’re easy to maintain, bloom throughout the summer and come in a variety of colors. Petunias prefer full sun, so if you’ve got a covered porch, try shade-tolerant coleus or begonias.

Jim Wieland

Shalana Frisby
Shalana Frisby has been both a writer and designer for a variety of popular book and magazine publications. She worked in corporate arts and crafts publishing 15+ years producing content for major brands.