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Repurposed Birdbath Planter

April 22, 2014

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Many years ago,  on one of our afternoon walks, my husband and I came upon a discarded birdbath. It was lovely,  except for the slight crack down the middle. That, of course, rendered it useless…at least for bathing.

Still, I had to have it. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with a broken birdbath,  but I insisted we retrieve the thing and bring it home. It weighed a ton. My husband,  being the good sport he is, went for the truck and brought the birdbath home, to me.

It didn’t take me long to realize what a great planter this would be. The crack offered perfect drainage for plants. Plus the added benefit of not having to break your back to plant it every season.  That was many, many years ago and my repurposed birdbath planter has seen many seasons come and go and it has given us much, much pleasure.

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The great thing is that I can change the flowers with each season. Summer will find my repurposed birdbath planter home to an array of trailing ivy, geraniums and petunias. While Fall will host chrysanthemums and in Winter the faces of pansies will be nodding as you pass by.

My Repurposed Birdbath Planter has been a focal point for many outdoor gatherings. It  has made a wonderful first impression for my guests, sitting beside my backdoor.

Fall Birdbath planter

Hold it, before you throw out that cracked’s totally redeemable!   I promise it will bring you years of pleasure and you won’t break your back planting it! (You might moving it…but planting it, you’re safe.)

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This year’s planting includes petunias, English Ivy, Dusty Miller, variegated vine,  and Creeping Jenny.  It looks pretty scraggly today…but soon it will be a showpiece in my yard.

If you’re lucky enough to find a discarded old birdbath…grab it! I wish my yard were full of them!

They say ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ …True, so true.

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  • shelly

    LOVE this idea! I’ve never had a birdbath (I REALLY want one) but this is great for a cracked one! I just bought my first haul of flowers for the year today! I’m so excited!
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    April 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm Reply
    • admin

      I love Springtime and flowers! Thanks, Shelly! I’ve seen several at estate sales….hope you get one soon! Thanks for stopping by..

      April 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Love it. When we bought our house last fall the previous owners left one. It is nearly covered by azaleas and rhododendrons. I will have to pull it out and do this!
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    April 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh Stephanie, it will give you so much pleasure……happy planting! Thanks for stopping by!

      April 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Lori

    Ok so I have a bird bath and tonight was staring at it and thought omg I’ll make it a planter ! I googled it for ideas and found you! My concern is the depth…. If I fill with top soil (as much as possible ) and plant creeping Jenny million bells … Thing like that…. will they be ok ? Help! Or should I just buy a hanging basket and plop it on there ? I like the idea of choosing my own flower arrangement though. Thanks ! Beautiful job! Cheers

    May 16, 2014 at 12:42 am Reply
    • admin

      Mine is not very deep either but it has been fine. I thick the roots spread rather than going deep….just be sure to keep it watered, it does dry out more easily. I have put pots in the middle/center for a layered effect. Unless it is extremely shallow, I think you’ll be fine….if you do still think it’s too shallow, you can always do a Mosaic Birdbath. I have two posts on making my mosaic birdbath….check them out….let me know how it turns out!!!

      May 16, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply

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