Tiered Clay Pot Centerpiece

I’m going to show you a super duper easy project I did recently involving clay pots but first I need to get something off of my chest.

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


Thanks so much for joining me at the Fence today!


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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


  1. Patty says

    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 :)

  2. 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?

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