Succulent Bird Bath

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The thrift store team is back together to share some fun, out of the box planters and I’ve got a Succulent Bird Bath to share with you.

Turn an old bird bath into a Succulent Birdbath!

You could go buy a new birdbath, but before you do check your local thrift stores or garage sales. You might come across a great way for a great deal.

Succulent Birdbath Supplies:

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How to Build a Succulent Bird Bath:

Start by giving the birdbath a good cleaning, unless you purchased it new. Here’s where this started.

Now, most birdbaths have a solid base, which doesn’t allow for your plants to have drainage, so it’s really important that you start with a layer of lava rocks on the base of the bird bath.

You’ll need a couple of inches of the lava rock on the base. This allows a spot for the extra water to sit without the soil becoming soaking wet constantly.

Then you’ll add the cacti soil. Succulents love cacti soil, so it’s definitely worth the purchase. I filled the bowl until I was a couple of inches from the top.

Then it’s time to start filling in with your plants. I typically start with the center plant(s) and then work my way out. I add more cacti soil as I go filing in the areas that need it once the succulents are in the soil.

Succulents overflowing in a bird bath.

I love succulents because they are so easy to maintain. During the hot, 100 degree summer months I will water them 2 times a week. When it’s cooler, they only need once a week, unless you are lucky and get some rain. (Here in So. Cal. that’s always a blessing when we get some.) This planter was created a while ago, so the succulents have had plenty of time to fill in and get happy. You can check out my Creating a Drought Tolerant Succulent Planter too.

Other Succulent Post:

Ok, now the team all has a fun, creative planter idea to share with. Check them out below.

Creative, thinking outside the box, planter ideas - lots from thrift store items!

Petticoat Junktion’s DIY Tea Kettle Flower Pots 

Refresh Restyle’s Brass Plant Holder Idea

Domestically Speaking’s Succulent Bird Bath

House Of Hawthornes’ Colorful Bushel Basket Planter

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Succulent Bird Bath Planter

Our Southern Home’s Decorative Potted Plant Finish

My Repurposed Life’s Vintage Toolbox Planter

Succulent Bird Bath made with an old birdbath. Learn all the tips and tricks to keep your succulents happy.


    1. Here in So. Cal. we rarely get a freeze. If one is coming I just cover with a trash bag.

  1. Wow! that’s awesome Maryann! I’m guessing that succulents are a lot cheaper in your neck of the woods. Here, if you want to buy them, they are too expensive to buy mature plants or many small plants.

    You did a super job!



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