DIY Tiered Planter with French Graphics

Do you have a green thumb? No worries if not because my project today will be perfect for fresh or faux displays. It’s all about getting crafty and I’m here to show you how in my latest video. We’re going to take our gardening to new heights by creating a DIY tiered planter that will give you the option to add French flair.

Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to create a DIY tiered planter in a day. Come see at

The best part about this entire project is it can be tweaked to your liking in oodles of ways. For this purpose, I am going to demonstrate an aged French finish in my latest video. As a result, you will see the options are limitless. Yay!

Whitewashed French Pot Planter with Video Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

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First, here are the basic supplies you will need to create a DIY tiered planter of your own. Feel free to dry stack the pots at the store to make sure you get the right height.

TERMS OF USE: when you create these planters, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own. Likewise, this planter design can not be used as decor in a store either online or brick and mortar. Thanks for complying!

Materials: (pots purchased at Home Depot)

  • 3 – pots of varied size for the base of the structure. I used 8″, 11″, 13″
  • 1 – approx. 6″ x 5″ pot (for inside the large)
  • 1- approx. 5″ x 6″ pot (for inside medium)
  • potting soil/compost blend
  • 1 – base plate for bottom of tiered pots
  • white paint
  • brown wax (optional)
  • French Pot Transfers
  • Liquid Nails
  • topcoat (optional)
  • sheet moss
  • painter’s tape or masking tape
  • selection of herbs, flowers, faux flowers, etc.

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Ready to get started? Let’s get our build on. Woot!

To make this easier, I created a video that take you through the entire process start to finish.

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For those of you not video inclined, I also have the steps laid out for you so you can have them in written form too. Again, you could go any direction with color and style of design, but I am demonstrating how I created a French DIY tiered planter.

Step 1

Once you have all your materials and tools gathered together, you’ll want to begin by giving your pots a whitewash using a basic white paint. Using strokes that go around the container. Then, a brush-width edge on the inside.

Whitewashing Pots for DIY tiered planter by Prodigal Pieces |

This color is so refreshing and goes well with any decor. You want to use a dry brush technique of just getting a bit on your brush. We’re not looking for a solid coat, but rather an aged appeal.

Let cure for about an hour or completely dry to the touch.

Step 2

Time to add our French flair. Ooh la, la! This is a fun part because it’s so easy to quickly see results. Next, cut apart your transfer into 3 separate decals and tape them in place. Then, using the provided burnishing tool, rub the transfer starting from the inside out working to the outside edges. To illustrate, refer to the video below.

Applying French Pot Transfer by Iron Orchid Designs demonstrated by Prodigal Pieces |

You will notice the transfer being applied as the backing becomes translucent. To remove the backing, start at one end lifting slowly to make sure all the image has transferred. Aren’t they fun?

Step 3

To add to the time-worn aged appeal we’re after, we’re going to use a brown wax to lightly go over each pot in random swipes going around the planter. (see video for demonstration) With this in mind, you are even going to go over the transfer as well.

Once you’ve applied the wax, take a soft cotton cloth and remove any excess and also lighten up the color a bit.

Step 4

It’s at this point that you want to apply your topcoat if you are using one.  Just choose whichever suits the look you are after. Generally, you will use as many coats as desired and let cure.

Step 5

Time to assemble! Take a peek at the assembly order below making note of the glue lines. I used a heavy duty Liquid Nails glue in a tube for my project since we need quite a bit. Then, add a bead of glue around the two pots top edge that we are are turning upside down to place in the bottom and middle pots.

Pot Assembly for DIY Tiered Planter by Prodigal Pieces |

Next, insert the upside down pots inside the bottom and middle planters and press firmly into place. Afterward, apply a generous amount of glue to the bottom of each upside down pot and stack your planters according to size. (see video demonstration) Let cure for 12-24 hours.

Step 6

Time to fill our pots with whatever makes our heart happy. Likewise, you could even turn this into a water fountain by adding a pump from your local home improvement store. Since I wanted to create an herb planter for my home, I used a variety of herbs from my garden and local nursery.

Selection of Herbs for Tiered Planter by Prodigal Pieces |

And we’re done!

Create this tiered herb planter with French flair using the video tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Last, I added a bit of sheet moss on top of my soil to add texture, and also help retain moisture. Also, isn’t it beautiful! I love to harvest some out of my backyard as well.

Tiered Planter with Herbs and Moss in a French Style by Prodigal Pieces |

You can easily make this planter in a day. To this end, I know it will bring me years of joy and growth.

Do pin and share this DIY tiered planter so others will be inspired to try to make their house their home too. Plus, it’s fun to share!

Build this DIY tiered planter for herbs, faux display, water fountain and more. Full video tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

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Also, more projects like this DIY tiered planter:

Get your build on with this simple, yet gorgeous DIY succulent planter. Use it for weddings, indoor, and outdoor decor. Plans here at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comCreate the look of French Zinc with some simple materials. DIY tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Karen R

    Ilove you’re tiered planters. Iwould love to win one of the prizes. I have a primitive cabinet that I have been wanting to re-paint & this would come in so handy. Thanks

    September 19, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I love a primitive makeover.

      September 19, 2017 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Vonda K Laffey

    Hey, Larissa! i’m glad you showed the tiered planters – i have several mis-matched flower pots that would be perfect for this technique! please consider me for the prizes!

    September 19, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Excellent! I love a good project that uses up a stash. yay!

      September 19, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
  • Melinda

    I love the pots! I would of never guess that they weren’t stone! You did a great tutorial by the way,thanks for the ideas:) I want to try the paint,for a chair that I have. If I don’t win well….I will just have to go and buy it!

    September 19, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! That’s the spirit, Melinda. 🙂

      September 19, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
  • Kim Banko

    Just gorgeous Larissa! I love the fluted edges on the post. Can I ask where you got them?

    September 19, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kim! I mentioned from Home Depot so be sure to swing by before the season passes. 😉

      September 19, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Deb

    I really love this! I have to make one maybe using mermaid tail paint! Beautiful!

    September 19, 2017 at 7:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That color looks so fun!

      September 19, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Love your planter pots make-over. What cute transfers to go on your beautiful painted pots.
    Right now I really don’t have anything to paint but I’m sure something will come along; as it always does.
    Thank You for this giveaway opportunity.

    September 19, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      These were so fun to create and I can’t wait to enjoy my herbs all winter long.

      September 19, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    I love your makeover and it will make an awesome winter project while I am waiting for spring again. I have a little vintage shelf and a vintage bread box that are begging for some paint, I would paint either one of these first,

    September 19, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s exactly how I felt creating it. It will help keep me sane! hahaha…

      September 19, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Donna Marchlewski

    Love the planter!

    September 19, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun to hear, Donna. Thank you!

      September 19, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Jessica

    The planter came out nice!

    September 19, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear. Thank you!

      September 19, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Jewell

    Love it? Very creative.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jewell.

      September 19, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Liz Boyer

    Couldn’t find those exact Iron Orchid designs but their similar transfers are expensive…up to $34 on Amazon Prime. Where did you buy yours? You are so thrifty, I can’t believe you paid those prices! Smile.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I got them through Dixie Belle as they are now carrying the designs. These pot ones are small and not so pricey.

      September 19, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I would paint a side table that’s waiting for me.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds perfect!

      September 19, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Norma Fisher

    I’ve never tried this brand of paint. Would love to try it on a chair makeover..

    September 19, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was sold the minute I took my first stroke. Seriously, I’ve tried many brands and chalk paints and this one had me oohing right away.

      September 19, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Your imagination for coming up with these projects always amazes me. Just beautiful.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I needed something to keep me sane in the winter days and hope this does the trick!

      September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Wendy

    What a cute idea Larissa, thank you for sharing! I keep seeing Dixie Belle Paint but haven’t tried it yet, but I think I am going to have to give it a go, the colors are so tempting… If I were to be lucky enough to win, I have a great little vintage secretary desk that I would love to try it on.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Wendy. You will love it, I promise!

      September 19, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Love the tiered planter. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Would love to win the paints as I haven’t tried them yet but you’ve painted some amazing pieces with this paint and you inspire me to want to paint stuff.

    September 19, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m glad I was up to par, Debra. Thank you! 😀

      September 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Love the planter and what a great video – always appreciated! Can’t wait to try it.

    September 19, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Stephanie. Thanks!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    Your video is excellent and so easy to follow. The pots are fun and not to mention beautiful.

    September 19, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good to hear, Jolinda, as I try to make it simple. Thanks!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I love this! I will definitely have to try it! Thanks for the giveaway too!

    September 19, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I hope you do! I’d love to see it.

      September 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Too cute! this is a very versatile project – can be changed up to fit the seasons or holidays.

    September 19, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! I love the idea of bulbs and evergreens, pumpkins, and such. Fun!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Your planter looks great. I have some pots that could use a face lift. I’d use the prize on that.

    September 19, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good to me! 😀

      September 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • April Adcock

    I love this!! I can’t wait to try this, thanks so much for sharing!!

    September 19, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What fun you are, April. Thanks!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Teresia Tidmore

    I love everything you do. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit. You are sooo talented and inspirational. Thanks.

    September 19, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Teresia, you just made my day. Thank you so much!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Judy

    Love Dixie Belle paint’

    September 19, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Me too. 😉

      September 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Beautiful project! I would use the prize to paint my sewing machine cabinet and coffee table.

    September 19, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Those sound like perfect candidates!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Karie

    Thank you for the wonderful idea and the step by step video!

    September 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Karie. Thank YOU!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Constance Colvin

    I haven’t tried Dixie Belle paint yet but would love to!

    September 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love it!

      September 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    I love this idea and i have tons of unused flower pots so i am going to do something like your project using the paints to have them coordinate better.

    September 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s a great way to reuse! Have fun with it!

      September 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Wow Larissa! There’s nothing I don’t love about this project — the pots, the transfers and the paint color all look beautiful! You truly are an inspiration (and thanks for that, BTW)!

    September 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you, Kelly! Thank you for all your support.

      September 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Karen Simon Peterson

    I love your makeover and would, definitely, like to do this project if I win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply
  • Jayme Coonce

    WOW! Such an awesome project!!! The dresser in my little boys’ bedroom is in serious need of a makeover so that would be what I would use the paint for.

    September 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Sandy Koenig

    I love what you did here, and my first thing I would use the Dixie Belle paint on are pots like you just showed.

    September 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • Carol San Diego

    I would like to use the paint on my kitchen cabinets- I like easy!

    September 20, 2017 at 12:57 am Reply
  • Nancy F Lambert

    These would make nice gifts.
    Thank you !

    September 20, 2017 at 10:28 am Reply
  • Melissa Anglin

    Love the planter! Another great project. I have alot of projects and would love to try Dixie Bell paints.

    September 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Kristina

    I love your pots! I think I would start on something small like a pot also to get a feel for the paint first. Then I have a drsser in my garage begging for a makeover for at least 4 yrs!

    September 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Jessica Gipson

    Your pots are gorgeous. I would paint my vases, I just love your idea and how nice they came out. LOVE IT!!!!

    September 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Kelly M.

    I would paint my cabinets!

    September 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Just beautiful!! Love the sweet French transfers on the front!! Another awesome project!

    September 21, 2017 at 5:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Nothing like a fun DIY, right? Thank you, Sam!

      September 21, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Becky

    Oh I LIKE this!!! Well done! I always need new/bigger pots this time of year, as I move my plants back into the house from their summer on the deck, and have to fit in the new growth! I love the way your painted pots came out!

    September 21, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me. I love to garden!

      September 21, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Christina kintyht

    So in love with these planters wonderful job as always

    September 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are so versatile that I’m thinking on making more for other reasons. Thanks!

      September 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    Wow! I have the projects, I’ll have the brush (Thanks, Larissa!)…all I need is more paint! I’d love to try DIXIE BELLE PAINT and am already ordering some GATOR HIDE, (again, thank you, Larissa, for pointing me in the right direction!).

    September 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Kathleen! I’m happy to hear you’re loving them.

      September 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

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