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How To Create a Succulent Birdbath Planter

Hi Friends, I have a fun project for you today, I’m sharing how I created a succulent planter out of a bird bath.  I know I could have planted all sorts of pretty flowers but I wanted something that would last through the fall and winter so I went with some hardy succulents.  I found this bird bath last summer at a garage sale and it’s been sitting empty in our backyard up until now.  This month, each member of our thrift store team created a planter out of a recylced a object. I can’t wat to see what they all came up with!

 

Here is the before, this thing is heavy, thank goodness the top comes off  from the stand!

Materials:

Variety of succulent plants ( I take clippings from our yard)
Bird bath
Good well draining potting soil, I use Cactus soil
Pebble rocks if you don’t have drainage
Rocks for decoration

Directions:

Step 1:

 Instead of drilling holes for draining, (which you can) I added a layer of pebbles to help keep the water from the roots of the succulents.  If you have plenty of drainage skip to step #2

Step 2:

Fill bird bath 3/4 way with Cactus Palm Soil I added a mound in the middle to create some height.

Step 3:

Place small holes into the soil and add each succulent, arrange your plants, leaving space for growth.  I planted taller plants in the middle for some height, flatter succulents along the sides and any succulents that trail, I planted on the edges so they can spill over.

Step 4:

Fill remaining space with any extra soil that may be needed, add pebbles and decorative rocks in the empy spots

Step 5:

Water the succulents and repeat weekly, don’t over water

This was really a fun project for me and  it gave this little empty corner in our yard a beautiful focal point. If you have an old birdbath that’s had its day, give it new life as a succulent garden.

  Let’s see what everyone else made out of their thrifty finds!

 

 

Petticoat Junktion’s DIY Tea Kettle Flower Pots

Refresh Restyle’s Brass Plant Holder Idea

Domestically Speaking’s Succulent Bird Bath

House Of Hawthornes’ Colorful Bushel Basket Planter

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Succulent Bird Bath Planter

Our Southern Home’s Decorative Potted Plant Finish

My Repurposed Life’s Vintage Toolbox Planter

 

You can find more of my succulent ideas below:




Thank you so much for stopping in today!

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9 Comments

  1. Kristin,

    I love your bird bath planter. The small pebbles added at the end, really make a difference! I’ll have to remember that for the next succulent planter I do!

    pinned!
    gail

  2. May I ask. What do you do to Protect it during the winter months. I have a Bird Bath. A friend post this on FB. I Love it.

    1. Hi-
      I don’t really have to do much during the winter because we are in San Diego and our winters are really mild. If you are unable to bring your succulents inside during the winter months, I would purchase hardy succulents, if you can bring them in during the harsh winter you can plant tender succulents. I hope this helps, me know if you end up making one of these. Hopefully this article will help you out.

      https://www.homesandgardens.com/gardens/how-to-care-for-succulents-in-winter

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