Succulent Birdcage Planters (in just 4 easy steps!)

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Birdcage Planter (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

When you walk onto our backyard deck, your attention is immediately drawn to several succulent birdcage planters hanging from the pergola, gently swaying in the breeze. They’re in all sizes and shapes and each is at a different stage of aging and giving in to the elements, which only adds to their beauty.

 

Each one is filled with an array of succulents, blooming flowers, and other stunning plants…some shy and keeping to themselves inside the cage, while others spill out into the open, yearning to be free. Sitting down to dinner on a warm summer night, surrounded by so many beautiful plants, both below the deck and above your head, is a practice in serenity.

Birdcage Planter (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Birdcage Planter Supplies

Birdcages, old and new, can be found in a variety of places. Try antique stores, craft stores, yard sales, and online. You never know where you’ll find a real beauty. Get a few of them, in different sizes & styles. You’ll also need a few lengths of chain and hooks from the hardware store…and some coconut liner, gardening soil, and plants from your local nursery. Then head home and get ready to create something stunning!

 

Instructions

To start, open up your birdcage and estimate the size of coconut liner you’ll need to line the bottom and up the sides about an inch. 

Birdcage Planter - Coconut liner in bottom of birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Coconut liner in bottom of birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

This takes a bit of trial and error…cutting the liner to size, then trying the fit, removing it, and trying again. Just remember that you can always cut more…but you can’t undo a cut.

Birdcage Planter - Coconut liner in bottom of birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Coconut liner in bottom of birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Once you have the liner placed, place just a little bit of soil in the bottom. Then, take your first plant out of its container and gently remove as much soil from the roots as possible.

Birdcage Planter - Soil removed from plant roots (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Soil removed from plant roots (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Place your plant inside the birdcage and cover the roots with gardening soil, also making sure to stabilize the plant in the process.  

Birdcage Planter - Placing plants inside birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Placing plants inside birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Continue adding plants until you’ve reached your desired look. 

Birdcage Planter - Placing plants inside birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Placing plants inside birdcage (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Lightly water your plants, attach the chain, and hang them up. Alternatively, you can also place your birdcages on a table, stool, bench, or anywhere else you’d like. Give you plants a drink of water over the next couple of days to help them get established to their new home and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty!

Birdcage Planter (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

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4 Comments
  • Sally
    May 24, 2019

    Thanks for the great idea for birdcages! I will be trying this real soon. Actually I love your recipes too!

    • maplewoodroad
      May 25, 2019

      Wonderful, thank you! So glad you’re enjoying our site! Please come back and visit us soon, and share the photos of your birdcages & recipes you’ve made! 🙂

  • Dottie Whittier
    May 10, 2021

    OMGoodness, I just bought 2 birdcages, both old and totally have their own beauty. I have been waiting to plant because I wasn’t sure how to start, but with your article I just read, I cannot wait to set these up. Thank you.