How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

I have been going through a bit of a planting frenzy at home … of the indoor variety. I’ve never had indoor plants before, but I always found gardening … even if it’s just watering …. very relaxing. With life still a little stressful, I’m finding a wee bit of greenery inside very calming. All of this started from some very inspiring ladies … Marian from Miss Mustard Seed, and Gilly from Colour Saturated Life have been using lovely vintage cups and mugs, tureens, and earthenware sugar bowls as plant pots. I have a cupboard full of loved but unused bowls and cups that I can put to good use. I wanted to add a drainage hole, so I thought it was time to learn … how to drill a hole in a ceramic pot.

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic PotI wanted to add a drainage hole to allow the water to drain freely out of the pot. When there isn’t a hole for the water to get out, the soil can become too wet and rot the roots of the plant, causing it to die. So for the inaugural drilling, I choose a pot I’ve had in the cupboard for ages. I think it may be an old ginger jar, missing its lid but very pretty all the same.

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

To drill a hole in ceramic you will need a diamond drill bit. This is basically a bit which has diamond encrusting which can cut through glazed and polished porcelain, sandstone, terracotta and ceramics. I found one perfect for the job at Bunnings – our local hardware store.


  1. Put the pot upside down on a tea towel or cloth
  2. Spray some water on the bottom surface of the pot
  3. Start drilling on a 45º angle to make a little notch. This will help avoid the drill slipping.
  4. Gradually straighten the power tool
  5. Add more water as needed
  6. Apply even pressure until you drill a hole all the way through

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic PotDrilling the hole in the pot was relatively simple … especially since it was Paul using the power tools. As always the battery on the cordless drill ran out half-way, but otherwise incident free. Pot still intact!

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic PotThe hole wasn’t quite centre, but it will serve its purpose … and really who’s going the know!

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

Now to add some greenery. I chose plants which were specifically for indoors. Three sweet little terrarium plants, which will also work well in pots. They have been living for a few weeks on my kitchen window sill and loving it!

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic PotI couldn’t help myself and I had to find something else to drill a hole in! I found a mug which I had been given as a present one Christmas.  A pretty mug with Monet Poppy Field  image, I’ve never used it … it’s too big for a pen holder … but it might just work as a plant holder.

I couldn’t resist this Fossil Fern! A very fierce sign for such a delicate plant.

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic Pot

How to Drill a Hole in a Ceramic PotFor more potting inspiration, please visit my Pinterest board Potted Love

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7 responses

  1. Love this! I actually have to drill a hole in a terracotta bird bath so this is perfect timing. And thanks for the huge compliment it is lovely to know I inspired someone. 🙂 and nice to meet a fellow Aussie Blogger!


  2. Thanks for the info, I am a bit scared of trying something like this in case the whole thing cracks and breaks. I’d probably just put a regular plastic pot inside the pretty jar (if I could find one to fit of course!) Of course now you need a pretty saucer or something to put your pot on so the water doesn’t flow out of the bottom!
    I’m pinning so one day, when I’m feeling brave enough, I will have these tips to hand – thanks.


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