Project Guide

How to Make a Terra Cotta Planter

1
SPRAY YOUR CIRCLE
  • Place the stake in the ground where the planter will sit.  
  • Attach a string that’s 21 ½” long and pull it tight to mark the circle (about 43” in diameter).  
  • Use the shovel to dig out the circle to a depth of about 2”.  
  • Rake to level the soil.
2
BUILD THE BASE
  • Fill the circle with the leveling sand.  
  • Use the manual tamper to compact the sand.  
  • Use a level to ensure an even surface for the pavers.  
  • Arrange 26 mini avers around the inside perimeter of the circle.  
  • Place the terra cotta pot in the center.  
  • Fill in the area around the pot with bagged rocks.
3
FILL THE POT
  • Fill the bottom of the pot with a couple of inches of gravel for drainage.  
  • Top the gravel with an equal amount of pine bark or mulch.  
  • Fill the rest of the pot with potting mix, enough to completely cover the root balls of the plants.  
  • Mix granular plant food into the soil.  
  • Start planting.  
  • Accentuate the planter with a few smaller pots around the base.