Asked on May 5, 2013

Drilling fired ceramic Planters

Joan CofellTeriAnna Ibarra


I just purchased 14 ceramic wall planters that I want to use outside. What is the best way to put a couple of drainage holes in them without cracking/breaking them? I have a dremel tool or do I use a reg. drill and special bit? Should I drill from the unglazed inside to out or vice versa? They are pre-drilled for attaching.
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7 answers
  • That's not pre-drilled, that is actually fired that way With that there are specialty bits you can get for ceramic tiles - I would place it in a piece of Styrofoam to help hold it, pour water in there to help keep it cool, and then drill One trick to prevent the bit from wandering is to chip the area where you want to drill - generally we will use a warn out one, hold it at an angle & smack it lightly with a hammer

  • They as SLS said make bits for this type of material. You also will have luck with the Dremel tool as well. They make all sorts of bits that will create a hole for you. Just remember that the larger the hole the harder it will be to drill without cracking the material So a few more smaller ones will be better than one or two larger ones.

  • Joan Cofell
    on May 20, 2013

    Thanks Folks! I had a dremel bit but I don't think the plants will rot - greenhouse lady told me not to over-water and wait till they were dry before watering again. I also put a few small stones in the bottom.

  • Anna Ibarra
    on May 20, 2013

    I used a ceramic drill bit to make holes in all my ceramic pots. I am not a savvy one with tools, just in the crafty dept., but I had not problem. I did use a little water as the drill bit would start steaming up some. I put them upside down on solid surface and just drilled away. Easier then I thought. Those are so nice, did you get them at a local hardware store, or a national chain?

  • Joan Cofell
    on May 28, 2013

    1.99 each at Value Village - used goods with some profit going to Diabetes Research. Thanks for the tip!

  • Teri
    on Jun 13, 2013

    I have a diamond cut bit for my drill I use to make holes in my glass plates. It fits my drill and you get them at Lowes. I cut all my glass and ceramics with it. Works great.

  • Joan Cofell
    on Jun 14, 2013

    thanks everyone!

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