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May 19, 2013

Birdhouse Planter

With A Blast: Birdhouse Planter {DIY}   #diy  #crafts  #garden

A Birdhouse and a planter in one!  I think it is so lovely, but can unfortunately not take credit for the idea. When I spotted it at first HERE , I knew I wanted one, I had a look at the price and although it is in dollar, it was way above what I would pay for something like this. {and me being in SA the shipping alone would have been ridiculous}

Next best thing : yes, make one ourselves !

With A Blast: Birdhouse Planter  {DIY}   #diy   #crafts   #garden

I did succulent crafts, which you can read about HERE and HERE recently and was looking for something different to plant in/on the roof of my birdhouse, so Roy and I took a drive up to our plant and garden center  {3 minutes away from my house} - wow, even with Autumn almost over and Winter in a few days, it is unbelievable how many plants and grasses are available, totally suitable for the current climate.  We settled on the above which is a type of ground cover with the tiniest flowers ever !

With A Blast - Birdhouse Planter

We used some leftover laminated flooring planks {from Dimitri's room} - which of course is waterproof on the outside.

1.) 2 x 185mm x 300mm - front and back of the house
2.) 2 x 90mm x 215mm - sides of the house
3.) 1 x 90mm x 170mm - base of the house

We glued all these pieces together, using a hot glue gun - and then waterproofed all the seams with  Marine Silicone Sealant

With A Blast - Birdhouse Planter

1.) I wanted the hole larger than whatever tool Roy had used, so he made it larger using the jigsaw - it is not a 100% circle, but I am sure the birdies would not notice.
2.) We made a smaller hole to insert the dowel stick and just glued that into place.

With A Blast - Birdhouse Planter

The above shows what we used to construct the roof {the planter}:

- 2 x 200mm x 60mm V-Shaped {front & back}
- 2 x 50mm x 90mm rectangles {sides}
- 2 x 180mm x 90mm {base pieces which were glued together in the V section}

With A Blast - Birdhouse Planter

To hide the ugly joints, I glued some half round {flat bottom marbles} around the edges - I was halfway when I took this photo.


We used Marine Silicone Sealant on every seam and opening to make it as waterproof as we could - the X marks where we still needed to seal.

With A Blast: Birdhouse Planter {DIY}   #diy  #crafts  #garden

We added the plants last and I can not wait until it grows a little bigger and shows some more of those dainty little flowers !

{the marbles give a lovely sparkle when the sun shines on them - in this area of the garden, it is from around 2pm - 6pm}


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24 comments:

  1. I love this! I'm going to be working on a edible landscape this summer, and this is such a cute little addition I can easily create, and add to it! I found you via the Lets Get Social Link up, and am following you all ways possible now! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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  2. Wow! You are so creative Linda! You did a great job. Love it!

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  3. Hi there! I found you on Let's Get Social Sunday, I followed you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. The birdhouse planter is so cute! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  4. I Love your bird planter! You are very creative!!! :) I also wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog. :)

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  5. Oh wow Linda! That is a very cool bird house! Way to make it do double duty girl! Those little flowers are indeed the sweetest! Nice touch adding the marbles to hide the glue line too! You are so clever girl!

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  6. Love it! hope you can stop by and share it on Pin It Mondays!

    Claudia @ www.prettylittledahlia.com

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  7. This is a fun idea! Perfect for the garden :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  8. That is so cute ! We need to build one too. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my 'Tuna Fish Salad with a Twist' :)

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  9. Love it, you are way to clever....great job andi

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  10. It turned out great! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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  11. What a fun idea for the garden. Thank you for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  12. I've missed all kinds of things from not reading my posts for awhile! I wish I were as crafty and could make these kinds of things! Love your birdhouse planter :) I hope you'll post a picture later with the flowers :)

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  13. I've never seen this! We just made a birdhouse. I wish I would have seen this before then. :) I saw this on Blissful and Domestic's Friday party. I posted a couple of things on there as well. I'd love for you to visit my site if you have a moment. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
    Blessings,
    Gina (http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/)

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  14. What a precious idea! As a birdhouse collector, I love any idea that uses one.

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  15. That is the cutest this ever! Thanks for the instructions;) Pinning for sure!

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

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  16. Soooo cute!! I want one too!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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  17. What fun! This is so cute Linda. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  18. Hi I found you on the Adorned From Above Wednesday Blog Hop. My name is Ashley and I am a creative graphics and web designer. Please feel free to check out our blog at: www.ashleychapmandesigns.com

    Thanks so much!

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  19. This is a great idea. I might need to make this with my sister and her kids.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Hope to see you again this week!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/05/tuesdays-with-twist-7-and-huge-seed.html

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  20. So cute! I think my son would have fun making one of these.

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  21. I love birdhouses. I am always on the look for finding cool ideas to make one! I am loving your idea to make it feel and look natural with plants for the birds. Thanks for linking up at Friday link party at Craftionary.

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