Learn how to make this easy and inexpensive two tiered planter for all of your favorite garden flowers this season.
Now that we have a single front door I'm always looking for new ways to decorate it. Last year I made Flower Pot Trellis' that flanked the door, but this year I'm trying a 2 tier planter approach.
Of course, they are super easy and affordable to make. That's the whole reason I like to make them. It's fun to get creative and keeping the cost down is a bonus.
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Supplies for Tiered Flower Planters
- Base flower pot
- Dollar store 10-inch hanging basket
- Styrofoam cone
- Dowel rod
- Black spray paint
- Sphagnum moss
- Potting soil
Making the Flower Tiered Planter
I re-used the dollar store hanging baskets from my Hanging Moss Globe Planter, from last season.
They have a large hole in the bottom that was perfect for inserting a Styrofoam cone. The cones were already in my stash of crafts but I'm pretty sure I've seen them in the dollar store too.
I cut down some of the foam to make plenty of room for the plants.
Next, I used the same dowel rods from the Pumpkin Topiary project in the fall and pushed them into last years flower pots, and up through the foam cones.
Before inserting the dowel rod use a pencil or other similar shaped object to make a starter hole in the Styrofoam. Then add a little hot glue into the hole just before inserting the dowel rod.
Use some black spray paint on the dowel rod and the foam to help them blend in well with the other pieces.
The basket is lined with sphagnum moss. I really like the cottage feel it brings to the planter. You could also use a simple coir liner. Just cut a hole in the bottom to fit over the dowel and foam.
Now all you need to do is add your flowers.
Flower Choices for a Tiered Planter
I chose plants that enjoy a mix of sun and shade because now that our maple tree is gone this porch gets a fair amount of sun, but it's still shady.
At the top in the center, I planted some verbena and impatiens for height.
I also chose plants that will spill out over the edges as the season progresses. White alyssum in the top. Two purple calibrachoas, and a pretty green and white lamium in the middle.
I'm already loving the way they look.
I can't wait to see how they grow this summer.
P.S. You may also like this Flower Pot Trellis post that was used on the porch last year. If you like the look of this moss then you may be interested in this pretty Hanging Sphagnum Moss Planter or this Hanging Moss Globe made from dollar store planters. You can find them and many more fun ideas on my Projects Page.