Bird Cage Planter Upcycle

5 Materials
30 Minutes

I gave new life to an old bird cage and transformed it into a planter! This was a super simple DIY and is perfect for spring. Plus, it was free for me since I had everything that I needed on hand.

Start with a bird cage. I was lucky enough to pick this one out of my neighbor's trash. I have seen bird cages at thrift shops, too! Take note of the dimensions of the cage. You will want to select a plant that will fit inside, with room to grow as a bonus.

Pick any color spray paint you want. I went bright with Island Girl by Color Shot brand (buy at Joann fabrics)

Add a coconut shell liner to your cage. This was a round one so it didn't fit perfectly, but it was good enough. They sell sheets of the fabric that you could also cut to size if you wanted a more precise fit. Add soil + your plant. I suggest a plant with "drippy" long branches for a beautiful effect. Hang them out the edges of the bird cage. Hang from a chain and hook and enjoy!

Clean the cage thoroughly. Spray paint. I hung my cage from a tree branch so I could get all angles. Still, it took several coats. Be sure to look from above and below. It's easy to miss spots on the edges of the bird cage rails.

Suggested materials:
  • Bird cage
  • Spray paint
  • Coconut planter liner
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Morgan McBride
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  • Marie DeSalvo Marie DeSalvo on Mar 06, 2019

    Should the bottom of the cage be lined so as to not have it rust?

  • Rosemary Rosemary on Mar 09, 2019

    Is the paint a rustproof outdoor paint? I have several birdcages so am excited to try this!

  • I love the birdcage and was wondering if you entwined air plants around it inside of having the chunk of burlap which takes away from the beautiful detailing.

    Air plants don't require rooting as they obtain their nutrients from the air.

    Just a thought.

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