Let me share with you how to drill ceramic for drainage holes, so you can turn any piece into a planter.
Recently I found these two cute containers at separate stores, and at a great price. I loved the look, the size, and the discount. But neither of them had drainage holes. Drats! I suppose they’re meant to be paperclip and pencil holders, but don’t you think they make the cutest planters?
I’m always on the lookout for a container that I think will make a nice display for my houseplants. Case in point, I had a cute ceramic canister on my kitchen counter that held puppy treats. One day my husband dropped the lid by accident and broke it to pieces. He felt bad until I told him that it would make a great planter. I drilled a drainage hole in the bottom and put it to good use! (Puppy treats are now in a plastic container.)
So let’s drill ceramic. Get your supplies together. You’ll need a drill, masking tape, and glass & tile drill bits.
These are glass & tile drill bits. They kind of look like flat arrowheads. And they don’t last long. There are carbide tipped bits, also, but I haven’t tried those. I’m not a tool kind of gal. You might know more than I do regarding tools, or can find someone who does.
Start by putting a piece or two of masking tape on the bottom where you want your hole. This keeps your drill bit from sliding around. Place your drill bit on the tape, angling the drill to the side, rather than straight up and down. Drill slowly, without putting pressure on it. As the hole begins to form, slowly bring your drill up until it’s going straight up and down into it. Never put pressure on it. Let the drill make the hole slowly by itself. The key is patience.
Warning: I’ve done this many times successfully. But I did have one container completely break on me. If you have an expensive or valuable piece, I wouldn’t try it. When I drill ceramic, it’s always a gamble. But my success rate is high.
I think I’ll put my pencils and paperclips away in a drawer, and display pretty plants instead. Since these are succulents, I’ll never water them so much that drainage will be necessary. But if I’m on a dream vacation, or having a hospital stay, and a kindhearted relative is watering for me, the drainage holes just might save the plants.
Get brave, grab that drill, and soon you’ll be enjoying a nice assortment of fun planters.