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DIY Clay Horse Flower Pot Tutorial

I’ve named my flower pot horse ‘Little Teddy’…he’s a representation of big “Teddy” (one of our horses).  Do you see the resemblance??  🙂

This project turned out as cute as can be, and I’m really itching to make one more that resembles our other horse!

..but I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t always this excited about it in the beginning…

When I started, there weren’t any step by step instructions out there on how to make this, and it was a huge headache figuring out the best way to construct my flower pot horse without everything falling apart (let’s just say I wanted to throw it all out the window a time or two before I finally got it figured out!)

I’ve created a very detailed, step by step tutorial that makes it easy to put together (and you won’t have to go through all the frustrations that I did).

…LUCKY YOU!!!!!  🙂

Here’s how to build it!

DIY Clay Horse Flower Pot – Tutorial


  • Hand drill with 5/16 masonry bit (to drill holes into pots)
  • Diamond hole saw drill bit (25mm) (to drill tail hole into pot)
  • Hack saw or metal chop saw (to cut thread rod)
  • Wrench or Ratchet (size 5/16) to tighten nuts onto thread rod
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun with extra strength gorilla hot glue (for gluing on the mane & rubber washers)


Assemble supplies into groups as shown:

  1. Sixteen small pots with 4in wide top & 4in tall (Legs)
  2. Eight large washers, eight 5/16 nuts, & four 5/16 thread rods at 10 1/2in long   (Connects Legs together)
  3. Two large pots with 10in wide top & 8 1/2in tall (Body)
  4. Two rubber washers, two 5/16 nuts, two large washers, one 5/16 thread rod at 17 1/4in long (Connects body together)
  5. Four rubber washers, four rubber grommets, four 5/16 nuts and two 5/16 thread rods at 9in long (Connects legs to body)
  6. Two pots with 8 1/4in wide top & 6in tall (Head and Neck)
  7. Two large washers, two rubber washers, two nuts, one 5/16 thread rod at 7in long (Connects Head, Neck, and Body together)
  8. One pot with 8 1/2in wide top & 7 3/4in tall (Nose)
  9. One large washer, one smaller washer, two rubber washers, two 5/16 nuts, one 5/16 thread rod at 7in long (Connects nose to head)










You’ll be drilling some holes into a few pots so make sure to soak the following pots overnight in water before getting started:

  • Four #1 pots (legs)
  • Two #3 pots (body)
  • One #6 pot (head)

If pots don’t already have a drain hole in the bottom, you’ll need to drill one (the hole must be at least 5/16in or larger for the thread rod to fit through)

Putting it all together…

Gather your #2 supplies and assemble the thread rod, nuts and washers together as so…

Gather a #1 leg pot that has already been soaking in water and slide a thread rod through the top

Stack it on top of 3 more dry (not soaked) #1 leg pots

Slide the thread rod through all the pots and screw another nut and washer at the bottom, then tighten together.  Make sure it’s snug but not too tight, or the pots will crack (Luckily, this only happened to me once)

With the 5/16 masonry bit, drill a hole in the side-top (already soaked) pot.  When drilling, just go slow and don’t push too hard.  Drilling holes in clay pots is actually really easy, I was a little hesitant at first, but soon got the hang of it

Make four of them…these are your legs!

Now grab both of the #3 body pots and drill two holes in both the pots with the 5/16 masonry bit (these holes will connect the legs to the body)

Take one of the #3 body pots and drill a third hole in the center of the other holes (this hole will connect the neck to the body)

Now attach the #5 supplies to the #3 body pots as shown

Now grab the other #3 body pot

Find the center between the two side holes, and drill a larger hole at the side-bottom of the pot with the 25mm diamond hole saw bit (This will be where the tail comes out) With the hole saw bits, I start out at a 45 degree angle until a groove has formed, then you can turn it straight into the pot

Gather your #9 supplies, cut the rubber washer in half and hot glue it to one side of the outer part of the large washer (I did this as I needed larger rubber washers, but they cost more…doing this fixed the problem)

Assemble the large washer with the bolt and thread rod as shown

Slide the thread rod into the bottom hole of the #8 nose pot, making sure the rubber washer comes into contact with the pot

It should look like this from the inside

Gather a #6 head pot and drill a hole in the side top with your 5/16 drill bit

Attach the #6 head pot to the #8 nose pot as shown

Secure together with the remaining #9 supplies

It all should look like this

Gather your #7 supplies, making sure to cut the rubber washers in half and glue them to the large washers.  Assemble as shown

Slide the thread rod through the bottom hole of the #6 head pot

Attach the other #6 neck pot to the #6 head pot as shown

Secure together with the other large washer and nut from your #7 supplies

Gather the #3 body pot that has the smaller hole, and attach it to the #6 neck pot

Secure together with the remaining #7 supplies

Gather your #4 supplies, making sure to cut the two rubber washers in half and gluing them to the large washers.  Assemble as shown

Slide the thread rod into the #3 body pot as shown

It should look like this with the thread rod sticking out

(Now, it’s time to attach the tail!  If you don’t already have the tail made, skip down to the tail section first)

Push the taped end of your tail through the large hole of the other #3 body pot.  Tie a knot in itself to keep it secure inside the pot

Attach both #3 body pots together

Secure and tighten with the rest of the #4 supplies

Before completely tightening the #3 body pots, make sure the hardware that will be holding the legs on are straight and aligned with each other…otherwise the back legs will be crooked from the front legs

One by one attach the legs.  The easiest way to do this is to get a helper…Have one person hold up the body while the other attaches the legs to the hardware that is already sticking out of the sides of the body

The rubber grommet serves as a cushion so that the legs don’t grind against the body

I don’t tighten the legs snug to the body like I do the rest of the pots…I leave a little room for play so it doesn’t put any torque on the leg pots


Gather your sisal rope

Cut 8 pieces of rope at approx. 2 ft long and unravel the rope

This will be your tail!

Wrap a piece of tape around the tip of the tail to hold it together


I used a single piece of sisal rope cut to the length of the neck and tied unraveled pieces of rope to hang from it

Each piece of unraveled rope was approx. 34in long…

Find the middle…

Loop it around the rope, making a knot, and pulling tight

For a thick mane you’ll need to push the strands tightly together…

I used a line of hot glue underneath the knots to keep the strands tight

This is what it looks like when you’re done!

I made two strands of mane to hang on both sides of the neck…then I hot glued them on


I wanted to use paint that would last through our hot Arizona summers, and luckily found some outdoor paint in my shed

Since I had already painted a base coat on my pots before assembling, all I had to do was add a few coats of white and black paint for the socks, blaze, and hooves


Since my mane and tail were light in color, I wanted some contrast so I used a darker-colored sisal rope for the halter

Simply loop around the muzzle and tie a knot…

Wrap the rope around the back of the head to the other side…

Tie another knot…

After the second knot I cut the end off and tied a third knot at the bottom of the halter, making sure to let some rope dangle…you now have a halter and lead rope

Hitching Post:

I simply used two logs that I cut evenly on the bottom so they would stand up on their own.  I then bored one hole in each log with a spade bit to fit the branch that connects them together

Now add soil and some plants (yes I made a mess all over the porch)

…and don’t forget those wooden spoon ears!

If your horse becomes ‘front heavy’:

After I added my soil and planted the plants, the head of my horse became heavier than the back end.  My horse’s back legs were actually suspended in mid air an inch or two (it kinda looked like he was bucking!)   Anyway, I fixed this problem by adding some sand in his back legs.  I had to wet the sand before packing it into the pots so that it would stay when I turned the top pot upside down.  You can always use sand bags if you don’t want to use loose sand…

After packing the sand in, I flipped the sand-filled top pot onto the upright filled one…

Then put it all back together…

Finished!  Happy horsin’ around!

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  1. KC

    I Loooooooove your blog and this little horse is soooooo adorable and how clever you are! I don’t think there is a cuter one on the web anywhere! I love the natural sisal rope you used for the mane, tail and halter too. I want to make one like yours this spring and put it out in the front yard! Great job!!!

    • Hi KC,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial! You’ll have to post pics of your new little pot horse in this comment section when you’re finished…would love to see it!

  2. Tami

    Hello Tiffany,

    I just love your little clay pot horse. He is cute as a button! I’m going to have to put one in my garden. I have several horses and this would be so cute outside my home.

    • Glad you liked the post Tami! You’ll have to attach a photo of your flower pot horse in this comment section when you’re finished!

  3. Vicky Miller

    Love the horse and the chick feeder.. You are AWESOME!!!

  4. Rhonda

    I have to make at least two of these horses. One for me, and one for my friend that owns the ranch I ride at. Just wondering if you tried Dollar Tree plastic pots if filled with quick crete for strength?

    • Hi Rhonda! You would have to somehow add the concrete after connecting the pots together with the rods. If you could figure that part out then it would probably work. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

  5. Tammie

    Being we currently own 2 mini’s , 2 full size horse’s & a draft size horse, you know that I have to have one of these.
    It’s soooooo adorable???? I can’t wait to start mine!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you for your sweet comments! I LOVE my little horse! He gets so many compliments from everyone! Feel free to post a pic of yours if you make your own!

  6. Maria

    Wow !! Thank you what a great job and thanks for the detailed info on how to drill and use screws to hold the legs and head together. My husband and I made one last year someone who had posted one but we used gorilla glue well in a few months it was falling apart so it’s been with his legs up all winter now that spring is here we’re getting ready to redo the garden and put fresh flowers and I’d like to put my horse back together so hopefully this will help going to try it this weekend thanks again for the info and your horse looks great by the way ???????????????????????? Love it !! Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you Maria!
      I completely understand! I knew that gluing mine together would never last with our 110 degree summers, so the thread rod was the way to go! You’ll have to post a pic of your horse when you get it all together again!

  7. May Brouhard

    Here’s my horse. Not too hard to build until you get to attaching the legs. That part was hard. I broke all 4 shoulder pots the first time around. I had to get my son and grandson to help me the second time around. My horse still seemed a little unstable. You don’t want to move it around too much. Seems better now that I have the flowers in the pots. Very cute.

    • You’re horse turned out great May! I’ll have to agree with doing the legs…they can be a little tricky when you’re by yourself. Luckily I had the help of my hubby and once I filled my horse with soil and plants, mine was also a lot more stable. Love it!

  8. Betsy

    I’m having a hard time finding the right sized pots for the head & nose. Where did you find the ones you used?

  9. sue

    love this clay pot horse. so glad you posted these directions as i’m going to make one and have the pots, but was leery of just using a certain type of glue as i just questioned how well it will hold. this idea with the rods makes it so much more stable. now i just need to purchase the rods and all else to go with this and i will be set to go. also need some paint. did you paint the insides of the pots also to prevent the paint from blistering? i want to paint the horse like mt own horse “Montana”. as i work on this project i maybe popping in on some questions if i get stumped. you have such good step by step instructions. Thank you so much for your post.

    • Hi Sue! I did not paint the inside of my pots, but it might be a good idea to do it just in case. Your horse, Montana, is beautiful! You’ll have to post a pic of your pot horse when you’re done!

  10. Hubby made a comment to me last night that your directions are Great and that you took lots of time on the directions for the clay pot horse. need the rods and fixings before i can start to assemble mine. Thank you for your post. sue

    • Hi Sue! It did take me FOREVER to make step-by-step instructions with photos, but it was worth it! I wanted to make sure no one else had issues figuring it all out like I did! LOL

  11. Mike

    I followed your steps but I was able to countermeasure the top heavy issue. I used 12in all thread for the legs/hoofs and let the excess stick out down in the bottom of the hoof. I then filled the lef upside down filled the Hoof ith concrete and the all thread anchored it in. I only did this to the 2 back legs as a counter weight.

    I also used Gorilla CONSTRUCTION glue and it held the pots together and is very strong and also filled the gaps in since the pots aren’t identically made.

  12. Jennifer Lucas


    Hello I have been making my own terra cotta pots creations but it takes me forever to drill through my pots. Idk what im doing wrong? Do you have any advice? Or where do you get your bits. I have a hammer drill so it should be strong enough? Id appreciate your response!

    • Hi Jennifer, I used a diamond bit for my drill and I bought them at Home Depot but you can get them anywhere. Many use masonry bits to drill through their pots but I think the diamond bits are stronger and sharper, and your hammer drill should be strong enough. I’m wondering if your pots have a baked glaze on them. Are they shiny? That might make them harder to drill through. I wish you luck!

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