…now that I’ve found the wonder of a tile bit! How many times have you seen an adorable decorative planter on clearance at TJMaxx only to peek inside and realize there is no drainage so you have to walk away utterly crestfallen? No? Just me? Well, on the off chance that you’ve had to slink away from a pretty pot, I have a solution for you! It starts with a little bit that looks like this:
I got mine for around $11 at Lowe’s. I know, not cheap. But imagine the planters I can make! So once I acquired the bit, all I needed was some water and a
victim drainage-less planter.
Drilling into ceramic generates a lot of heat, so to prevent cracking/overheating you need to keep it cooled with water. My original plan was to sprinkle some water onto the bottom of the pot and start drilling, sprinkling more H20 as needed. Well, that bit gets HOT. Too hot for the water sprinkling method. I needed to bring in the big guns. Water guns, that is.
We moved shop to the sink and Mike held the stream of water on the bit while I drilled. I kept a light, steady pressure and after about 3 minutes of drilling, had a little drainage hole. Victory! In this round, I planter-ized three pots (As you can see, the one on the top left was already housing a plant in smaller pot that leaked some soil. I didn’t bother to clean it because, hey, it’s about to be covered by more soil.) :
Now, I know that little 0.5” hole is not much in the way of drainage, so I added some broken up terra-cotta I had from a previous butter-fingered fumble. (Mike calls me his fumble bee. It’s endearing ) This works to improve drainage by allowing water to flow easily through the bottom portion of the pot.
Add plant, and enjoy without worrying about it drowning!
Gratuitous wedding photo, I know. But look how good it looks with the new plant!