DIY PROJECT | Upcycled Ceramic Jars to Plant Pots

December 5, 2015

Upcycled Ceramic Jars to Plant Pots

Upcycled Ceramic Jars to Plant Pots

These plant pots made from upcycled ceramic jars are a super quick DIY project. All you need to do is collect a bunch of old ceramic jars and start drilling holes!

Here’s how I did it

What you’ll need:

  • Old ceramic/pottery jars
  • Drill
  • Potting  mix
  • Plants

Step 1| Buy some old ceramic jars

The best place to buy old ceramic or pottery jars is second hand stores. They use to be really popular but not so much these days, which means thrift stores are full of them and they are usually cheap as chips.

DIY PROJECT | Upcycled Ceramic Jars to Plant Pots

Step 2| Drill the holes

To drill the holes you need a drill surprise surprise! I used a drill press but you could easily use a hand held drill if your careful. Add a little water to help with the drilling process.  Drill the hole really slowly, this is important as placing too much pressure on the jar may cause it to break.

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Here’s a video of how slowly you need to drill the hole….like super slow!

DIY PROJECT | Upcycled Ceramic Jars to Plant Pots

Step 3| Planting

You might need to give the jars a clean to get rid of the water marks but once that’s done its onto planting and then your all done!

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  • Reply Denise/DIY Crush January 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Those are beautiful!! I absolutely love to recycle, upcycle etc. so this is great!! I have just now published your submission! Please see it here:

  • Reply Linda January 25, 2016 at 1:16 am

    I have old pots and crocks all over my house. But I never drill holes. Some driveway gravel in the bottom (2-3″) and drop the plant in, cheesy plastic pot and all. So easy to switch out or convert pot to another purpose.

    • Reply Alana January 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      That is definitely an easier way! I’m a bit of a fussy one and wanted to get away from seeing the plastic pot so that’s when the drill came out!!! Love to hear your thoughts on my next lot of diys.

  • Reply Jennifer March 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm


    Brilliant! I never thought of using those ceramic containers as plant pots – and I LOVE your brilliant idea of drilling a hole for drainage! I Hate those plastic pots and they should be discarded ASAP, as they encourage mold growth and root rot! (even though they may have holes and one puts gravel underneath them in an outside pot/container.)
    Thank you so much for your great idea and easy-to-follow instructions!

    • Reply Alana March 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks for getting in touch Jennifer and glad to hear you like this idea. Beats those plastic containers any day!

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