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Easy Birdcage Planter

Updated on May 15, 2013

An Outdoor Planter Made from a Birdcage?

What a great idea!

It only takes a few hours to make a birdcage planter that you can use for years to brighten up your home/garden.

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Using birdcages in the home/garden is one of this year's hottest decorating trends and a fad I personally love.

To make this easy birdcage planter, I used a junk-shop birdcage, a can of spray paint, leftover Christmas decorations and a pre-planted container from the grocery store.

I'm really proud of the results: a fun, funky birdcage planter I can easily move from place to place in the garden to add a pop of color where blooms are just beginning to develop or starting to fade.

So, are you ready to add a little birdcage to your home/garden? If the answer's yes, why not begin with this easy birdcage planter?

Come on. Let's get started!

Select a birdcage.

After about a month of searching, I finally found a birdcage I liked that was just right for my purposes--a birdcage planter!
After about a month of searching, I finally found a birdcage I liked that was just right for my purposes--a birdcage planter! | Source

Not every cage will do.

First, select a birdcage that's easy to open and large enough to house the plants you want.

Unless you intend to use really tiny plants and the sort of tweezers bonsai enthusiasts employ, a small birdcage won't do for this project.


A medium or large-size birdcage, one with a removable bottom and/or lift-off top, will be the easiest to work with, giving you plenty of maneuvering room to arrange and care for your plants.

I checked out lots of vendors while looking for the right birdcage, including websites, craft stores and a few antique shops. I wanted a medium-sized cage, one suitable for the outdoors that I could hang in the crape myrtle in our front yard or set in a flowerbed.

While traveling, I finally found a birdcage that I like at a junk shop for a reasonable price. It has an ornate hard plastic top and bottom (the latter removable), pretty decorative side panels, an attractive shape and it isn't too heavy to hang from a tree when filled with plants.

Perfect!

Decorate the cage.

I can't help it--I actually like rust! So I covered up the rusty top ring & the rusted cage wires before painting.
I can't help it--I actually like rust! So I covered up the rusty top ring & the rusted cage wires before painting. | Source

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I opted to paint.

One you've found the right birdcage, you'll have to decide if you want to use it as is or decorate it in some way.

I opted to spray paint the molded plastic on mine a bright, light blue, leaving the top ring and the cage wires as is, i.e. rusty.

I chose a glossy paint & primer in one by Valspar, so the only prep work was wiping down the cage and covering with tape and pages from an old magazine all the parts that I wanted to remain unpainted.

Valspar 68122 Satin Apple Plastic Paint - 12 oz.
Valspar 68122 Satin Apple Plastic Paint - 12 oz.

If I hadn't picked blue, I would have gone for the apple green. So crisp & clean & cheery!

 

I almost purchased Rustoleum spray paint, which is comparable in that it too is a paint-primer combo that covers well and lasts, but the color selection of Rustoleum products (at least at Lowe's) was more limited than Valspar's, with only royal blue available, and I wanted a light, bright blue that would really pop.

The Valspar paint covered the cage's hard plastic top and bottom easily and was dry and usable within 30 minutes. I gave the cage two coats, using about half a can of paint.

I also wired a small fake bird (a leftover decoration from a miniature live Christmas tree) to the front of the cage. I know ... a little goofy, but I like it.


Add the plant or plants of your choice.

In this bed, the forsythia have finished blooming & the hydrangea is just beginning to develop. A bit a color is definitely needed!
In this bed, the forsythia have finished blooming & the hydrangea is just beginning to develop. A bit a color is definitely needed! | Source

When selecting plants, check the bottom of the pot. If roots are trailing from the bottom, it's probably root bound & you might want to pass on purchasing it.

Also look for signs of disease & pests, such as leaves that are curled, burnt looking or stunted; powdery white or sooty black residue, webbing & evidence of chewing.

Finally, pick plants that are just forming buds rather than ones that are in full bloom. That way, you'll be able to enjoy the flowers from blossom to full display.

Pick the right plants for your birdcage.

Because I wanted this project to be easy and because it's sort of a pain to remove the top of this birdcage (I have to unscrew four rusty nuts) I chose a preplanted container of -Calibrachoa that was on sale for $7 at the grocery store.

Calibrachoa looks like a miniature petunia, with hardy 1-inch flowers that drop when they're done, so no deadheading is required, and that's just what I was looking for.

Calibrachoa also lasts a long time and blooms nonstop.

Because I thought warm colors would look good with the bright blue cage, I chose a mix of plants in coral and orange from the MiniFamous Series of Calibrachoa.

In our Zone 7 climate, I won't have to replace them until early winter (if then). When I do replace them, I'll most likely opt for an autumn fern.


DIY Mini Birdcage Courtesy Michael's (You could add a live plant!)

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About the Author

The Dirt Farmer has been an active gardener for over 30 years.

She first began gardening as a child alongside her grandfather on her parents' farm.

Today, The Dirt Farmer gardens at home, volunteers at community gardens and continues to learn about gardening through the MD Master Gardener program.

Copyright © 2013 by Jill Spencer. All rights reserved.

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    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Natasha! I like the blue, too. (:

      @ Patty--That's a good question. Wish I had a few birdcages in the attic. Would love to find a banged up, rusty all metal one. Thanks for commenting! --Jill

    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Roberta! Had lots of fun turning mine into a planter. Hope you enjoy the project too! (: Enjoy your weekend! Jill

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hi Patricia! Being able to move the cage easily is one of the great things about it. The planter pictured is all bloomed out now, so I think I'll move it to a more prominent spot in the garden. Take care! Jill

      Glimmer Twin Fan--It sure would be cute on the step or an old straight-backed chair on a front porch. Wish we could all share pictures on a hub. (: Hope you pin it!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I like this idea very much. I wonder how many people have old bird cages in the attic they might use?

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      Natasha 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I love it! Great choice of blue, too. It's beautiful. Pinning!

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      RTalloni 

      6 years ago

      Such a happy planter! I have a birdcage very similar to your example, now I need to decide where to put the finished craft project. :)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      This is a great idea. Something like this would really jazz up my front porch! Thanks and shared.

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Suzie--Thanks so much! I never thought about taking it on travel, but ... why not? You're full of good ideas, girl. Appreciate the votes & shares. Take it easy! Jill

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      How clever. Not too much work and great results. I will have to see if I can find that old bird cage. I love the idea of being able to move it from place to place too.

      Thanks for sharing

      Shared and pinned...Have a lovely weekend

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jill,

      Another great idea I love! What a cool way of transforming a birdcage, just up my alley for container planting ideas! can definitely see me do this in Italy and love the easy transportation aspect. Lovely job you did on giving this one a new lease of life, votes, shares & pinned!

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Deb! I still have two birds left. I might just wear them myself!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to see that you found a use for those Christmas tree birds! The cage is a great idea for plants. I really like it.

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hey Jackie. How lucky you are! If you have the birdcages, you're halfway there.

      Hi prettynutjob30--Thanks for the votes & for sharing this hub. I really appreciate it!

      How are you, MsDora. Thanks so much. I love bright colors. This really was easy to do, too. The hardest part was finding a birdcage. Nice to hear from you! Take care, Jill

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Absolutely stunning! My first thought was/is "I want one." You make it look easy but I still have to think about it. Anyway, thanks for showing us the possibility. Good instructions, too.

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      Mary 

      6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great craft idea, this is really a beautiful little project, voted up, more and shared.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great, I have some very cute birdcages packed away and they are coming out! Very good idea.

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