Leaning Tower of Pottery

I’ve once again been spending way too much time on Pinterest.  I pinned this a few weeks ago, and my GI Joe helped me make it last weekend.

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The original inspiration can be found at Home Stories A to Z.  Hers has a bird bath on top, with flowers in the pots.  I needed a place for herbs that the deer wouldn’t eat them.  This spot right next to our front door is about the only place I haven’t seen the deer grazing happily away on my shrubs and flowers.  So far, so good…no deer.

To make it, I used one large clay pot and four smaller ones, along with a 48” piece of rebar. I’m a little worried there’s not enough of the rebar in the ground, but it seems stable. The hubs pounded the rebar in about a foot and a half.  He also is to thank for the wonderful spray painting of the pots. I hate spray painting, so I was glad he was willing to do it.

When your pots are dry and the rebar is in the ground, you just start stacking your pots, filling them with soil and plants as you go.  I planted cilantro, rosemary, basil, tarragon, oregano, thyme, and lavender.  Nifty, eh?

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The only tricky part was making sure the rebar goes in straight and that your bottom pot is sitting flat on the ground and large enough to stabilize the whole tower.

I’m so excited to have fresh herbs for the summer, and I love the splash of color this tower provides in the flower bed.  As you can see, the flower beds have pretty much exploded here since we had such a mild winter and early spring. Who knew there were so many shades of green?

I’m posting this over at the Taylor House for the Project Pinterest Challenge.  It’s a fun idea; just link up to your project that was inspired by something on Pinterest.  Check it out for some great inspiration, or to add your own link.

By the way, here’s the original photo that inspired me! How could you not be inspired by that?

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13 thoughts on “Leaning Tower of Pottery

  1. Oooh, I have wanted to make these for a while now. It has yet to happen. I’ve never seen them spray painted though! How pretty! And I love the idea of planting herbs in them instead of flowers.

  2. Wow, I definitely like how this turned out. I discovered you on Two Yellow Birds and I’m now following. I would appreciate if you could follow back. Tx

  3. Love this project and the color you chose for the pots :) We have a massive deer problem as well. I love any type clay pot art. Thanks for sharing your photos! New follower also :)
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, JoAnn…and when I get 2 seconds to myself, I’m checking out your blog! I took a quick peek this morning and it looks like you have tons of great ideas…then a hooligan demanded something from me, like breakfast.

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