i should be mopping the floor: How to Plant a Birdcage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How to Plant a Birdcage

Hi everyone, it's Rita from Pink Polka Dot Creations!

Today I am here with a really fun project for spring. I am going to show you how to plant a birdcage!  I love to plant pots and planters and I look for fun unique planters all year long.  This birdcage is just from Michael's so it was an easy find, but you can use old buckets, watering cans, old coal buckets, or just about anything that will hold dirt!  You just have be sure there are holes in the bottom for the drainage.  So rusted out buckets are great! :)
All of the plants that I used in this planter are perennials, so they are really okay for me to put this outside, here in Utah!  If you are using annuals, you will want to keep your planter indoors until the weather is warm all of the time, unless of course, you already live where it is warm!
How to Plant a Bird Cage: Detailed tutorial on creating this fun piece for your yard!
To create a beautiful pot or planter, you will need at least 3 different plants.  Check out the tutorial below>>>

You will need "thrillers", "fillers', and "spillers".
They are pretty self explanatory:  
1.The spillers are the plants that will spill over the edge of the pot and grow down.  I used the Creeping Phlox .
2.The fillers are the middle height plants in your pot.  You can have several different varieties and colors depending on the size of your pot or planter, but you will want them to be close to the same height.  I used English Daisies in white and pink.
3.The thrillers are your tall grasses or centerpiece of the planter, in this case the Candytuft.
How to Plant a Bird Cage: Detailed tutorial on creating this fun piece for your yard!
1. Start with a birdcage, or pot.  If you need to line the bottom with a coco liner, you will do that first.  If you have a pot, make sure there are holes in the bottom for the water to drain out of.
2. Pick your plants "spillers, fillers and thrillers."
3. Start around the outside edge and space your spillers.  (It is always good to work in odd numbers)  I used 3 creeping phlox around the outside of the birdcage.  Carefully pull some of the long runners through the wires in the birdcage so that they will "spill" around the outside.  Then add your "fillers".  I used 3 English Daisies.  Space them between the "spillers"
4.  Last add your "Thriller" to the middle.  I used one candy tuft for my thriller.
5. Water thoroughly and sit back and enjoy!
Fill in all around your pots with good potting soil and pack it down, or water it good and add more dirt if you need to, to keep it full.
How to Plant a Bird Cage: Detailed tutorial on creating this fun piece for your yard!
My candy tuft is not quite blooming yet, but when it does it will make a beautiful "thriller" with it's small white blossoms!
How to Plant a Bird Cage: Detailed tutorial on creating this fun piece for your yard!
So now you know how to add a little bit of color to your spring!  
Are you ready to start planting and beautifying your neck of the woods?
Kristi, thanks for letting me visit again this month here at I Should Be Mopping The Floor!  
I would to love to have you visit me anytime for more fun spring decorating, craft ideas, or fun printables at Pink Polka Dot Creations, or Like on Facebook and Pinterest.
Thanks for visiting today! 

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  1. THIS. IS. GENIUS! I am totally doing this SOON for my front porch!

  2. That is so cool. I am officially looking for a large bird cage to create my own yummy garden. Yours, I absolutely love. How can you go wrong with chicken wire and birdies. Thanks for the inspiraiton. Rhonda

  3. So pretty! Love all the pink colors with the grey wire!

  4. Love, love, love !!! Bird cages and flowers are beautiful oh my :-)


  5. Love this idea ! Sent this to some friends! Great job! Beautiful!

  6. I love this! Now I need to find a perfect birdcage!

  7. Hi Kristi, this is BEAUTIFUL! I feel like running over to Michael's right now to get a bird cage. Just letting you know that I will be featuring this at Best of the Weekend tomorrow night. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  8. I have a black one that I bought at a yard sale and have not done anything with it yet, but now I know what to do with it. Thanks for the idea. Yours is great.

  9. Hi Kristi, I was so inspired by your pretty birdcage, that I had to make my own. I am mentioning this post in mine, as the source of my inspiration!