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25 May 2013

A DIY Project - Hanging Birdcage Planter

So I've had this soft yellow coloured birdcage in my possession for years now, given to me by my younger brother before the birdcage trend hit wedding styling big time (yes, it had a small role in ours too). It sat, lost and alone in the crammed, sprawling eaves of our loft until I rediscovered it after we moved and decided to give it a new lease of life.  We'd not been in the house for a week when I set to attacking it lovingly painting it with one of my favourite colours from the Craig & Rose 1829, 'Summer Green', bringing it bang up to date with one of the must-have colours of the year. It now hangs in a shady corner of my office and in keeping with the botanicals revival, it now houses a beautiful little fern. I absolutely adore it.

It's such a simple little project, so I've put together a short step-by-step DIY tutorial for you to try your hand at your own...

You Will Need:

• A birdcage large enough and strong enough to hold a potted plant.
• Paint of your choice (see step one for advice) I used 'Summer Green' from the Craig & Rose collection.
• Paintbrush(es). You may need more than one size depending on surface coverage.
• A potted plant.
• Decorative paper or a light weight pot.
• Spray mount.
• A skewer or tweezers.
• A piece of chain cut to your required hanging length.
• A hanging basket arm or heavy duty hook providing your ceiling is strong enough to hold the cage. I bought mine black and sprayed with Plastikote's 'Flat White' enamel paint.

Step One
Find yourself a birdcage and choose a paint that you love. You'll need to bare in mind the type of paint you use in relation to what your cage is made of e.g. emulsion paint generally doesn't take too well to metal so an enamel or specialist metal paint is the best option for you here. My cage was a mixture of both but mainly wood so the chalky emulsion took well. Coat your birdcage until you're happy with the finish, or gently sandpaper the top few layers of paint off to reveal the base colour if you'd like to achieve a vintage/shabby chic look.

Step Two
Pop down to your local garden centre and find an indoor plant best suited for where you'd like to hang your planter. I went for a Maidenhair fern that likes shade and trails so once it's a little more established you'll see less cage, more plant and a softer look.

Step Three
Make sure your plant is happily watered, dry off the base of the pot and make sure any excess water has gone. Cut a strip of paper wide and long enough to cover your pot, then spray the top inch of your pot with the spray mount before attaching your paper. That's your pot covered.

Step Four
Carefully secure your plant inside of the birdcage making sure the base is strong enough to hold your plant, then gently tease the leaves of your plant out through the gaps with your skewer or tweezers. It doesn't want to look contrived here, so choose the leaves that look like they need to escape and leave the shorter ones to grow a little longer.

Step Five
Now you're ready to hang your planter! Go ahead and attach the chain to your birdcage (I had a large keyring hoop already attached to the top of mine).
I started to try and hang it straight from the ceiling, but because I couldn't find a rafter to screw into, I thought it best to avoid a potential disaster and hang it from the wall instead. If you're drilling into the wall, please make sure you're not going into any cables and that your markings are completely level before you begin.
Secure your hanging arm, test the birdcage for stability before you let go...and voila!

If you enjoyed this, check out my most recent post about indoor gardens and terrariums. Cute little succulents ahoy! 'How Does Your {Indoor} Garden Grow?'

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, it looks great! Love the colour. hx