Tiered Clay Pot Centerpiece

You know those words that just make you cringe? The ones that give you the heebie-jeebies?

I hate to admit it, but there are quite a few that fall into that category for me.

Like the word ‘moist’.

Ack! Even typing it out sends shivers down my spine!

Recently I’ve discovered a new word to add to the list. ‘Succulent’.

Kinda cringe-worthy, don’t you think?

candle on clay pot tiered centerpiece

But, just because it’s not my most favorite word in the world, doesn’t mean I’m going to throw the baby out with the bathwater!

In fact, I even used them to dress up this White-washed Tiered Clay Pot Centerpiece.


How to make a tiered clay pot centerpiece with succulents from atthepicketfence.com

And ‘centerpiece’ is definitely a word I like!

This couldn’t be easier to make. All you need are two clay pots (one larger than the other), three clay pot trays, white paint, a foam brush and a stencil if you desire to add a little detail.

White washing is easy peasy. I know there are different ways to do this but this is how I’ve always tackled it.

Simply brush on the white paint and then using a damp sponge, dab and wipe until you get an aged look allowing some of the clay color to show through.

Clay Pot Tiered tray with succulents from atthpicketfence.com

I decided to add a little detail to the pots by using this stencil from Michael’s.

It’s re-positionable which makes it so much easier to adhere to whatever you are trying to stencil.

stenciling on a clay pot

Next, place the largest tray on the bottom and then the largest pot upside down on top of that. Then repeat the process with the next tray and pots.

faux succulent centerpiece

Fill in the trays with succulents (there’s that word again!) and add a candle on top of the last tray.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing this centerpiece to fit the occasion.

two tiered clay pot stand with succulents atthepicketfence.com

I’m so excited to be partnering with Hometalk and Michael’s  for a really fun event! If you haven’t spent time over on Hometalk then you are missing out! It is THE premier Home and Garden website and chock full of inspiration and ideas!


And if you follow Michael’s on Hometalk  you will be entered to win a $100 Michaels gift card. Five winners will be announced on Hometalk’s FB page on Feb 17, after the party.

I, along with 100 other bloggers, will be representing Hometalk at my local Michael’s THIS Sunday the 16th from 1-4pm to show you my project in person and hang out with you as you put your own personal spin on these projects.

So, if you happen to be in the Keizer, Oregon area this Sunday I would love to have you stop by and visit me at the Keizer Station Michael’s store.


AND there will be 100 of us around the country participating in this event so click here to find the location nearest you to join in the fun!

Be sure to stay tuned for Heather’s project coming up tomorrow which I am fairly certain will not include any cringe-worthy words! ;-)

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If you like this project you might also want to check out this one:

Spring Centerpiece with Terra Cotta Pots

Spring Centerpiece and Mantel Decor from At The Picket Fence

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  1. Beautiful! Very creative!
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  2. Such a pretty and clever project. Now I want to redo mine! Ha!!
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  3. Cute,cute, cute, Vanessa! I’m a sucker for a white washed pot project. :)
    xo Heidi
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  4. OMG. I SERIOUSLY thought I had a nut loose because I DESPISE the word also! I actually don’t think I have ever said it out loud! So when you see the greying redhead at the nursery just pointing at them and grunting to the employee, throw a smile my way with understanding eyes :)

  5. You are always so creative. Love the centerpiece.
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  6. I think this is a fabulous project! Succulents are so hot right now. Although the word may not be popular, the plants certainly are! You are so creative!

  7. Vanessa this is really cute! I have a friend who used the white washed idea on clay pots for here wedding 17 years ago – it’s such a classic look and i love it!
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  8. Such a cute and easy centerpiece! Wish i was in your area to stop by and say hi!
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  9. Yeah… I’ll be copycatting this one.
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  10. I love this! It’s right up my alley with the easiness factor and I adore succulents.

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  11. So cute! I’m afraid I won’t be in Oregon, but do let me know next time you’re in Savannah/Tybee. I was sick as a dog with flu last week or I probably would have tried to link up with y’all!
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  12. Carol Reddin says:

    Very pretty!

  13. So the layers are not glued together? Is it fairly stable? I’d like to try it, but we have a lot of animals….

  14. That is such a cute centerpiece! It looks great! Perfect for spring!
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  15. Very nice Vanessa! Love the gorgeous succulents in your tiered terra cotta tray centerpiece!
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  16. Beautiful – the colorful succulents are a perfect contrast to the whitewashed pots. I’ll be pinning this one
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  17. Fantastic DIY! Love this, Vanessa. xo
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  18. I love this Vanessa! So creative. Good luck to you in OR, I’ll be up here in our WA store! And good luck to your sister Heather! Sharon
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  19. Nancy Langford says:

    I’d love to do this project, but will you answer a question? Do you put in dirt? Or do the succulents just live in water?

    • Angie R. says:

      I was wondering the same thing. I don’t think there was any water added, so how do they stay fresh, or for how long?

  20. This is fabulous – love the plants you chose and the stencil detail- and you’re right – it’s so versatile!
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  21. Absolutely fabulous piece! I think it’s one of my fav of the Hometalk 100 projects!
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