Sometimes you find the perfect pot (or something that isn't even pot) but it doesn't have a drainage hole. Now while you can use it as a catch pot (put the grower pot your plant comes in directly in it), sometimes you want to plant directly in it. All good plant parents know, they NEED drainage! And learning how to drill a drainage hole is super easy!
This project was originally shared in my book, Natural Accents.
How To Drill A Drainage Hole
- Diamond Bit
- Spray bottle with water
- Ceramic, glass, or clay container
Step 1: Make a Notch
The surface is smooth and can be slick, especially since you will be adding water. So if you make a notch, the bit is less likely to slip. Wet the surface with the spray bottle. Hold the drill at an angle and drill long enough to make a little mark.
The reason you need to use the water, is to keep the diamond bit cool. Without it, the friction would create heat, which would melt the glue holding the diamonds onto the drill bit.
Step 2: Drill!
Once you have the notch, continue drilling at an angle. While drilling, slowly bring the drill upright until you are drilling straight down. Add more water if needed. Use some pressure (but not too much force) as you drill.
Step 3: Prepare for the Break Through
Check periodically to see how much you have gone through the container. Once you are close, you will start to feel a difference in how the drill feels in your hands.
When I feel like I am getting close to breaking through, I tighten up my upper body so I can control the drill better and so the drill won't slam into the surface I am working on.
It is so satisfying when you finally break through and see a perfect little drainage hole! For larger containers, multiple holes are recommended.
You could turn pretty much anything into a planter once you know how to add a drainage hole! The possibilities are endless. What would you create? I think I need to go thrifting soon.....
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