Bird Bath Planter

6 Materials
30 Minutes

For those who want a water feature without the maintenance or huge investment, here is an easy and affordable way to incorporate a bird bath fountain into a fun planter - no plug in or plumbing required!

Materials Needed

1) First you will want to select your basin for the planter. You can find the big metal tubs like I used at most hardware stores, or you could use a wooden or concrete planter. You can choose a size that fits your space, just note that your smaller basin that will go inside it should be at least 15-20'' in diameter, so be sure your large basin will still have room for plants

2) 15-20'' diameter bowl or planter (no holes) for the bird bath fountain

3) Platform for your bowl to sit on (this can be an old coffee can, empty quart paint can, a cheap short planter, a cement landscaping block, etc.)

4) Solar bird bath fountain ($15-$20 on Amazon)

5) Garden soil

6) Your choice of plants and flowers

Tips for selecting a planter basin:

  • Round or square works best so that you can center your smaller basin for the fountain
  • If your large planter basin does not already have drain holes, be sure to add them using a drill bit (I used a 3/4'' bit to add holes to mine"
  • Make sure whatever material your basin is made out of can withstand the elements
Create the platform for your bird bath

Adding a platform for your bird bath will give it a sturdy base to rest on, and will also allow you to use less soil to fill your basin for plants.

Place the platform in the center of your planter basin, and add dirt around it until you have a level surface.

Set your water basin, then add in your plants

After you have made sure your water basin will sit nice and level, add in the rest of the plants.

I put ornamental grasses in the back for some height, then draping plants in the front. I did go back and add some colorful plants too!

Add your solar fountain

Now for your water feature!

Add your solar fountain to the water basin. Most can either suction to the bottom, or float.

Fill with water and enjoy!

Finally, fill your water basin using a hose and find a cozy seat to begin watching birds, bees and butterflies enjoy your new garden feature!

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  • Lauren. Lauren. on May 02, 2020

    Katie Huckabee, you didn't mention which water pump fountain you used. Any info on it or other tips you can share? Thank you.

  • 516maria 516maria on May 23, 2020

    This is really a general question... but since I want to save this post I’ll ask it here. How Can I save a project that I want to do.? Can I put it in my Pinterest.? Or is there someway I can save it in Hometalk.? I’m still learning ?..thanks 😎

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  • Rebecca Roff Rebecca Roff on May 07, 2020

    Thank you so much for sharing your idea, I’ve been wanting to do this, but wasn’t quite sure on putting it together, So...

    Thank You muchly!! You and your family stay safe

  • Melanie Melanie on May 27, 2020

    Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing.