DIY Guide: How to Make a Planter Bird Bath

by Jodie Franklin 05/22/2022

Bird baths are a staple of garden decor that come with the added benefit of attracting local wildlife to your yard. One of the other great things about bird baths is how easy it is to craft them out of everyday items. While you can purchase pre-made bird baths at home and garden stores, choosing to DIY will reward you with a unique and often far less expensive piece of decor. Because bird baths are so versatile, you can also combine them with other garden essentials like containers for plants. Here we’ll go over how to build your own combination flower planter and bird bath for your outdoor space.

Materials

For this design we recommend using urn-style planters made of hard plastic. Here’s everything you’ll need:

17-inch urn
12-inch urn
10-inch terra cotta or ceramic saucer
Outdoor-safe craft paint (optional)
Flowers/plants
Potting mix
Cordless drill

Which Plants Are Best?

This project gives you a lot of freedom for plant choice. For low maintenance bright colors, opt for geraniums, pansies and anemone. If you plan to have your bird bath planter in a sunny spot, succulents also make a brilliant choice for plants as they will require practically no maintenance.

How to Build Your Bird Bath

  1. To begin, drill several holes in the bottom of the larger urn. This will add essential drainage for the plants in the container.

  2. If you want to customize or change the color of your containers, paint them with an even coat of craft paint. You can do this with any large paint brush or small roller. While it might tempt you to use spray paint, craft paint is safer for wildlife.

  3. Once the paint is dry, take the smaller urn and flip it upside down. Place it into the larger urn.

  4. The urn should be heavy enough to keep itself in place, but if you want some extra security, you can add a layer of rocks or gravel to weigh it down. Then, add potting mix into the larger urn.

  5. Take your plants and carefully add them into the soil one by one. You may need to dig out a hole for each before placing it. Make sure you leave enough room between plants for them to grow.

  6. Take the terracotta or ceramic saucer and place it on top of the upside-down urn. Once again it is likely heavy enough to stay in place, but you can use waterproof glue in a ring around the bottom of the saucer to stick it to the urn.

  7. Fill the saucer with water. For added visual interest and more places for birds to perch, you can add one or more large river stones.

Now you have a beautiful custom bird bath that doubles as a planter. As the plants grow, it will appear more lush and may even help attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators to come take a drink. Swap in new plants seasonally or watch them flourish all year long while enjoying the benefits of your DIY work.

About the Author
Author

Jodie Franklin

I love helping people find their dream home or sell their house in order to achieve their next goals. I have been working hard for my clients for over 15 years throughout southeast Michigan. I have experienced every kind of transaction there is. 

Helping my community and being involved is extremely important to me. I am Past President and current board member of the Michigan Ability Partners board, which helps Veterans and people with disabilities reach independent, self-supported, and satisfying lives. I am also a member of the City of Milan Tax Review Board and Zoning Board, and involved in Milan Main Street. I have been a major sponsor of events for Michigan Ability Partners, Aid in Milan, Milan Main Street, and many more organizations that wok to make our communities better. 

I was 2018 President of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, Realtor of the year in 2016 for AAABOR and nominee for Michigan Realtor of the Year. I serve on many committees with the local board and was a member of the Housing Opportunity Committee for the National Association of Realtors (2018-19).