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How To Drill Drain Holes In Planters

You see that beautiful flower pot that you want to purchase and take home to fill with all your favorite Spring flowers and then you look inside and guess what?  NO DRAIN HOLE!  What do you do?
Well there are many different ways of drilling a hole in the bottom of a ceramic flower pot but we saw this one from Stephanie Lynn and thought we would share it here.  The key to properly drill drainage holes is using the correct drill bit.

Many of the ceramic containers intended for plants are make from soft terracotta clay.  These containers can be found either glazed or left in their natural state.  Both can be drilled - though clay pottery is the easier.
Basically, for unglazed terracotta and ceramics - masonry drill bit is used.
Harder, glazed surfaces - glass and tile bits are used.

Masonry drill bits come in various diameters. The tip is slightly larger than the actual drill bit itself. These can be found in most hardware stores. Glass and tile bits can also be found at a hardware store and are shaped with a spear pointed head.

Both drill bits are not designed to be used on other materials so be sure to use them for their intended purpose.  A piece of masking tape placed on the bottom of the container will help keep the drill from slipping

Drill at a slow steady pace since you don't want to crack the pot. Apply a very light touch, with slight pressure.  Let the drill do the work. The ease of drilling will depend on the material of the container you are drilling.  Just remember - Slow, Steady with just a bit of Pressure!
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Post Last Updated: 8/29/2023 2:58:09 PM 
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