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Flowerpot Racks

Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

Secure stacks of terra-cotta pots so they don't stick together or tilt dangerously. Drill 1/2-inch holes, spaced to fit pot diameters, through a 1-by-10 (atop scrap lumber). Apply wood glue to bottom inch of 1/2-inch dowels no longer than 18 inches. Insert in holes, squaring with base; let dry overnight. Sandwich 1-by-12-inch corrugated-cardboard strips between pots on rack.

 

Comments (7)

  • pinkprotractor 22 May, 2010

    I used the same idea to store toilet paper. Instead of 1/2" dowel it is 1/8" and the base is round, from the craft store. This was repurposed from a science project that was supposed to serve as the framework of a DNA model. It works really well, a real space saver; I can stack 6 rolls.

  • kelirugenstein 21 May, 2010

    Coffee filters work for the spacers between the pots and some of them are biodegradable.

  • SouthsideDixie 21 May, 2010

    Instead of cardboard try used dryer sheets. They are NOT biodegradable. A few survived a year in my compost bin after being tossed in with some old potting soil. I line the bottom of flower pots with well-rinsed used dryer sheets, before adding dirt and plants. They keep the dirt from falling out the bottom [filtered word], but allow good water drainage. Not new ones, which have fragrance

  • gingging44 20 May, 2010

    this is a brilliant idea if you store you pots inside. However, how do you keep them from sticking if you store outside? I don't think the cardboard will stand-up to the elements.

  • lisaemc2 20 May, 2010

    This is brilliant! And I'm always looking for any excuse to use my drill.

  • cathrynmb 26 Apr, 2009

    Oops- I gather I should not be storing my pots with the dirt still in them... Oh well, live and learn! Great idea.

  • alexpc 26 Apr, 2009

    TERRIFIC IDEA. I ALWAYS HAVE POTS STUCK TOGETHER, AND RISK CRACKING THEM WHEN I TRY TO SEPARATE THEM. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD STORAGE IDEA.