{the mad planter}

{the mad planter}

Let me just start by saying that this might be my most favorite project I’ve done since starting {Wait Til Your Father Gets Home}.  Since we moved into our house, my husband has made it his mission to completely yank out everything from our yard (front, back, sides, the whole-she-bang).  The yard we acquired was, to be blunt……a hot mess.  We pretty much have a blank canvas to work with now (which is so nice).  It’s fun to be able to plan out exactly what we want to put into our yard.  It would be even nicer if we could just do it all at once, but unfortunately flowers at Home Depot and Lowes are not free!


I’ve been perusing Pinterest (as usual) and have come across some really cool planter ideas.  This one in particular caught my eye from Home Stories A-Z, so I did what I usually do when I find something I like on Pinterest….I showed my hubby.  I always expect him to tell me the things I show him are crazy, or silly, or girly, but he LOVED this concept.  He loved it even more when I suggested some red, white, and blue (I mentioned here, that we are quite the patriotic bunch in our household).


I decided to call it…

Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden

To make your own version, you’ll need:

Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden

  • 1-8″ clay pot
  • 6-6″ clay pots
  • Spray primer (primer in a paint can works just as well)
  • Spray Paint (I LOVE Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in Banner Red and Navy Blue–both gloss finish)
  • Polyurethane Spray (you could use poly from a can as well)
  • 10 ft rebar (found at Lowe’s)
  • potting soil (had on hand)
  • annuals (of your choosing) We got two flats of petunias since the planter is smack in the middle of full sun for most of the day and had a LOT left over for a second planter project that I will share soon!
  • newspaper or tarp (had on hand)
This entire project cost about $45, plus we had a ton of flowers and soil left over for my second planter project that I hope to share by Friday!  The cost is a little more than I usually aim to spend on projects that I share on the blog, but I don’t mind because I have made something super unique and that we can use year after year.  Plus, we’ve gotten so many compliments from neighbors (and compliments are nice)!
To get started, spread out your newspaper or tarp and lay out all the clay pots.  Remove any stickers that may be on the pots and begin priming each pot.  I only had to apply one coat of the primer.
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Once all the pots are primed and dry (it shouldn’t take too long to dry, especially if it’s 85 degrees outside like it is here in Georgia today), decide on the colors you’d like to incorporate and begin to spray paint.  As I mentioned, we decided on a red, white, and blue theme.  I think they’d look great with one color or even a stenciled pattern of some kind as well.  The possibilities are truly endless and completely up to you!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Since I didn’t have white spray paint, I just left two of the 6″ pots primed and didn’t apply color.  Don’t you just love the red and blue together?!  (FYI–I applied two coats of spray paint).
While the pots dry once again, decide where you want to put your Mad Planter (makes me smile every time I say that out loud).  We decided to put ours in our backyard since that’s where we hang out most of the time when we’re outside.  I swear, every time we’ve gone outside since putting the Mad Planter in, we comment on how much we love it.  My hubby was nice enough to hammer the rebar into the ground for me (I’m extremely handicapped when it comes to trying to use a tool…I need to fix that).  He thinks he put it about 2 feet into the ground, so a little wind won’t disturb our Mad Planter (I hope)!
Before you can begin assembling the Mad Planter, you’ll need to seal the pots with some polyurethane.  I used a fast drying, clear gloss poly made my Minwax.  Each coat completely dried in about 1 hour (again, it’s amazing what some hot Georgia sun can do for ya)!  I know it’s boring to wait around for paint to dry, but trust me, you need the polyurethane, otherwise the sun and rain will ruin your pots.  I’m hoping that this paint and sealing job will last us for a few summers before we need to sand and re-paint.  Here are all the pots after being painted and poly’ed…
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
Time for the assembly!
To assemble the Mad Planter, simply “string” the hole in the bottom of the pot (you know, the one for water to drip out of) onto the rebar, like so…
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
The 8″ pot is the base of the Mad Planter and should lay flat.  The rest of the pots are still “strung” through their water holes, but sit on the rim of the pot below, making each one look slanted.  We filled each pot with soil as we assembled the entire planter, and added some red & blue-ish petunias as well.  I am absolutely thrilled with the end result!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
I LOVE the red, white, and blue-ness of the entire planter!  I also LOVE how it looks against our white picket fence!
Make this Mad Planter with some terra cotta pots, spray paint, and one piece of rebar.  Easy and super cute via www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com #planter #spring #garden
What are your favorite annuals to plant each summer?  Do you have any fun planters that you’ve created and named after Alice and Wonderland characters?  Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear feedback from my readers!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.


  1. This is really creative! I like funky! One could even plant herbs in those!

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      I actually thought about doing another one with herbs in it! Great minds think alike!

  2. This is such a fun and easy idea. Sounds like my kind of project. I’m pinning this.

  3. I agree…it looks Fabulous against the white picket fence!! Love, love love the colors! Great job! I’m pinning this one!

  4. I like this project, I love the colors you choose for the pots. I am your new linky follower.

  5. Oh I love your planter. I might have to make one of these. Please come share at my linky party tomorrow.

  6. I really love this project. I’m wondering if it will work for growing things like an herb garden?

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      I think I’m going to make another for herbs….I’m sure it would work beautifully!!

  7. I love it! Not sure it would hold up to our winds here in the plains ( I can see pots twirling on the re-bar), but maybe the pots could be glued to each other?? Thanks for the inspiration!

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      I bet you could definitely apply some sort of heavy duty glue to make it work for you! I’d also put it near a wall to help with some of the wind as well!

  8. That’s way cool!! Love it! Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest; good luck!

  9. Love this and what a great tutorial on how to make it! I am pinning it!

  10. I love it! I am so going to try this in my Garden!

  11. Stopping by again. After seeing yours I had to make one of my own! I didn’t glue it yet, waiting to see if it will hold up on its own first. If you want to see mine here is the link (and I linked back to yours too).

  12. Wow, this is so cool and FUN! My kids would totally love it too. :) I love the patriotic colors and it would be fun to come up with other color combos as well. Found you on TT&J’s linky party! Have a great day.

  13. Ha! I love “the mad planter” name. The topsy turvy look is so, so cute. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  14. I love your mad planter!
    I am new to your blog, so don’t know much about you, but in this post you mentioned you were redoing your yard. When my brother moved to a new house, he bought trees and bushes, but when it came to the perennials, he got seeds and starts from family and neighbors. We have shared with each other lilacs, daisies, poppies iris, lilies, poppies, tulips, ranunculus, peonies, hosta, bee balm, and many more. Do you have any neighbors or family who will share plants with you? You might also want to consider placing an add asking for starts or seeds in your local newspaper’s free classified section. Is there a freecycle group in your area? I got some beautiful iris from a freecycle add. I’ve since shared starts of them with an aunt and with neighbors. Flowering plants pack a punch in the landscape and the added bonus of getting someone to share them with you is you get to think happy thoughts about the person who shared every year when the plants bloom.

  15. susan strieb says:

    I love nthis one and am going to make one this weekend

  16. Love this! I saw Beth’s, and I’m sure a lot of people are going to be using her great idea. The idea of doing it in red, white, and blue is really cool–instant decor for Memorial Day and Independence Day!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home! I really appreciate it. :)

  17. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for sharing at {wow me] wednesday.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  18. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday. I hope you will link up again this week. I’m featuring you today!


  19. So cute! Love the colors you chose for the pots and plants. I think it’s also called tipsy pots?

  20. This caught my eye at Here Comes the Sun. Congrats on the feature. I love it. I would love to invite you to link up on my first time ever Link Party. Hope to see you there.
    PS I am already planning on where to put my Mad Hatter

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      Thanks! Yes, I’ve seen a few on Pinterest with a few different names! Glad you’re planning on making one!

      • I am so glad you linked up on my first Freedom Fridays:) FYY I have had so many repins on pinterest on your Mad Hatter that my inbox is smoking. LOL You should be getting a thousand hits on it.

  21. I have seen these all over, thanks for the tutorial! I definetly think it is something I could do. :)

  22. Wow! What a fun idea! I love the patriotic colors. Great job!! Thanks so much for entering into the Project Pinterest Challenge! Good Luck!

  23. Love it! Pinned.

  24. This turned out lovely the colors selected are eye catching! I discovered you on Two Yellow Birds and I’m now following. I would appreciate if you could follow back. Txs

  25. This is such a cute idea. I bought the pots, rebar and all the other material and made mine today. I am a bit confused with the rebar. I bought a 10 feoot stick and after stringing my pots I still have quite a bit of the rebar sticking up above the last pot that I strung. I buried the rebar 2 feet in the ground which would have left 8 ft exposed and ready for stringing my pots. What did I do wrong? I bought one 8 inch pot and 6- 6 inch pots.

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      I would just try to hit the rebar with a mallet a little bit more until it isn’t exposed anymore. We had to do that too! Glad you like the project!

  26. So cute love the bird one

  27. Sonia Adams says:

    Love this project, I can’t wait to try this. Have you tried this for inside?

    • waittilyourfathergetshome says:

      No I haven’t. I probably wouldn’t put anything like that inside for quite some time with a little one running around. I could see it working for some people though :)

  28. Sonia Adams says:

    Have you tried for the inside of your house?

  29. Absolutely love it!

  30. I love this idea, but I have a question I live in an appt. complex and I have a balcony, is there any other way I can create this without drilling the rebar?

    • I bet you could just do a smaller version (maybe three pots) and make sure the dirt is really packed in on the bottom pot! Let me know how it turns out!!

  31. Betty Edmondson says:

    I love The Mad Hatter. I was not sure what you meant by stringing the hole in the bottom of the pot. Are all of the holes in the exact middle of the pots or staggered to the side. Please explain. Thanks

  32. When you ” seal the pots with some polyurethane”, was that inside & out?


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