what is the best and easiest way to drill holes in terra cotta pots, and inexpensive?

Harriette N
by Harriette N
  13 answers
  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Jun 26, 2012
    I use a carbide masonry bit and go REAL SLOW without much pressure. Figure out a way to support the pot under the drill hole so the back side of the clay doesn't suddenly pop out under pressure. Lubricate the drill hole with water as you work

  • Debbie M Debbie M on Jun 26, 2012
    I use a masonry bit also. It works great on terra cotta.

  • Liz C Liz C on Jun 27, 2012
    Im not handy in the slightest but my husband bought me a basic, smaller sized "Girly" drill bc I asked for one....So it's not really the drill you have but the special "BITS" you would need to attach to your drill, so you can drill through terra cotta. As for the specific type of bit...again, my husband bought those for me as well, for the same exact reason, so I'm unsure of what exact bits to ask for....But I'm sure if you ask ANY guy, they will know! And actually as for a drill...I would look on Amazon and/or ebay...you could probably find a better deal than Home Depot or those other big chain hardware stores!

  • Harriette N Harriette N on Jun 27, 2012
    Thanks to all of you for your time and information regarding the masonry bits!

  • Harriette N Harriette N on Jun 27, 2012
    Hi Liz, what is the name of the smaller drill your husband bought for you? I'll check it out on Amazon once I know the brand name. Thanks for your help!

  • Harriette N Harriette N on Jun 27, 2012
    I need a clarification about a response

  • The drill bit you need is sold at your local hardware store and big box stores for around $3.00 Its a masonry bit. The drill you would want to purchase depends upon what other types of projects your looking to do in the future. HD sells some inexpensive battery drills that would work fine for this type of project and other drilling projects needed around a home. One suggestion however. The more you spend on a drill the better it is at doing other larger projects. So if you find that your doing more and more projects, this is one type of a tool you do not want to skimp on with price. Here is one from HD that I use all the time. In fact I have four of them. http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Drills-Cordless/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc2ci/R-202217724/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051

  • Liz C Liz C on Jun 27, 2012
    Harriette...the drill is actually in my garage @ this very moment that I'm reading your comment.....so first thing tommorow, I will go in and check the name brand for you and let you know!

  • Terri C Terri C on Jun 28, 2012
    I have a hand held Dremmel that I like to use for various projects and it works very well for drilling, carving, cutting , sanding etc . . there are a lot of different kinds of bit and cutter wheels that you can get with it or for it . .at most hardware stores.

  • Harriette N Harriette N on Jun 28, 2012
    What kind of bit for the Dremmel; I have one of these already, would love to be able to use it for this project. Thanks!

  • Dremmel makes drill bits for tile. Those would work fine, only the holes will be quite small. But using a tile cutting tip you would be able to make the holes larger.

  • Harriette N Harriette N on Jun 29, 2012
    Thanks again everybody, a lot of really helpful info.

  • Renata Renata on Jul 27, 2015
    Does anyone know an easier way to drill several pots, lol. I have close to 100 pots to drill the small ones aren't that hard but the bigger ones are killing my arm..lol and I've went thru 4 dremmel bits. GRRRRRR, lol