Birdbath or Planter?

I love my birdbath. It was my Grandma’s. Well, at least the bottom was.

When I was a kid, my brother and I smashed into the birdbath in an epic sledding accident and the top was broken in two. I was able to find an almost identical replacement top at a pottery store in Zanesville, Ohio a few years ago though, so we were back in the bird bathing business.

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

BTW, my birdbath was last seen in a Halloween post HERE when I decided to use it as a fancy jack-o-lantern holder.

Pumpkin in a birdbath

See, birdbaths aren’t just for birds!

I was getting a little tired of the endless cycle of filling my birdbath up, watching the birds splash around in it, the water turning fifty shades of grey green, me washing the disgusting gunk out of it (worms, poop, slime) and starting the whole process over again. I just couldn’t commit to it this year.

So I decided to make it a planter.

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

Nothing permanent. The plants are growing in a tray normally used for the bottom of a huge clay pot and is just placed in the birdbath.

I thought it was a lazy woman’s fix for my birdbath dilemma.

In the planter I used Angelina Sedum,

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

Red Carpet Sedum (it’s a Sedum parade today)

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

and the ever popular Hens and Chicks.

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

Sorry birds, you’ll have to fly twenty feet to the left and swim in the pond. This pool is closed for the summer!

Repurpose a birdbath into a planter for succulents

Speaking of pools, when we opened the hot tub this year (flash back to the 80’s), we found a family of frogs had taken up residence there. Sort of gross. It’s going to take a lot of spa chemicals to make me want to get in that water this year.

Do you have any swimming plans this weekend? Do they include any amphibians?

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  1. says

    I love what you did with the bird bath Pam! The Jack O Lantern in i is adorable! : ) You always do the most wonderful things! Have a happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  2. says

    Very pretty, Pam! My birdbath {at our old house} became a planter, too, when I got tired of cleaning it and constantly filling it with water. I actually liked it better because it added height and color to a bed in our front yard that really needed something to make it a focal point.

  3. says

    Your bird bath planter looks great. If we had a pool my husband would probably encourage frogs to live in it. He loves frogs. We have them in our water feature. I hate it when they jump out at me!

  4. says

    LOL- I stuck a big ivy in one of my birdbaths today…because I have never yet seen a bird approach it…and I thought WHY NOT!?! Great minds think alike, huh?;>) xo Diana

  5. says

    Sedums are so great. The planting looks perfect in the birdbath.

    I am heading to Florida soon. That will no doubt involve a swimsuit. I am not looking forward to that aspect of the trip. I love to be IN the ocean. It’s the walking down to the water in a swimsuit (right out in plain sight!) that’s bad.

  6. says

    Haha! I have a little metal birdbath that gets rusty and gross when the water is in it more than a day. I think I’m going to do the same and add a potted plant. The birds should be able to find one of our 10,000 lakes. :@

    Now, hot tubbing with frogs I’m not too keen on. Do they like beer?

  7. says

    I love it! And do we not love ourselves some hen and chicks and sedum! I can’t seem to find much down here. Did you see what I did with my broken birdbath? Mine’s a plant pedestal now. You are SO right about the mess with the water! My birds can fly across the street to a huge lake so I’m not really concerned. I do leave a bowl of water out for my dogs though when they’re outside and they have water inside too. I think I have everyone covered now! LOL!
    I’m not a water person really. People here go out on their boats all day and drink themselves silly….I have better things to do like garden and when it gets too hot I come in to the ac and there’s plenty waiting for me inside to do! LOL!

  8. says

    The planter looks fabulous & I must say it looks very cute with the pumpkin last Halloween! I just stumbled across your lovely blog & have signed up as your latest follower! I look forward to popping back soon for some more inspiration!

    {Country Style Chic}

  9. says

    Another brilliant transformation. I’ll have to show this idea to Chris. That Halloween pumpkin is just darling too. We have two bird baths that don’t get filled up nearly enough and I’ve recently seen Josie’s superheros floating in them. Yuck!

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