Birdhouse planters filled with succulents put us in the mood for spring.

My friend Jeanine suggested we make wall planters with succulents, I was inspired.

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I’m thinking spring, ever since Jonas dropped a pile of snow around us. So when my friend Jeanine from AphroChic suggested that we make wall planters with succulents, I was inspired to ‘make it mine.’ If you are curious about Jeanine’s project, head over to this post ‘Let’s make garden wall art.’

There are a few reasons why I love using succulents in my home. It’s almost impossible to kill a succulent, they are inexpensive, are available in a variety of colors and shapes, and they will thrive in a range of indoor conditions. But, I’m kind of smitten by their nickname: ‘fat plant.’

Why are succulents called ‘fat plants’? Because they contain water and then swell up. As a woman, I can totally relate to this phenomenon, and it definitely charms me.

So here’s my friend Jeanine’s project, but with my own twist.

Supplies you’ll need:

birdhouses, either pre-made or a kit
spray paint (or paint and paint brushes)
oscillating tool
screws (or nails)
impact driver (or hammer)
Gorilla tape
pebbles or small stones


  1. Cut hole into the top of the birdhouse.
  2. Paint and decorate the birdhouse.
  3. Line the inside of the birdhouse with Gorilla tape.
  4. Attach the birdhouse to the wall.
  5. Layer pebbles in the bottom of the birdhouse.
  6. Pour in soil.
  7. Insert succulent into the top.
  8. Add soil, as needed.
  9. Enjoy!
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The supplies for this springtime wall art planter include succulents, birdhouses, Gorilla tape, Krylon SuperMaxx spray paint in Watermelon, Rich Plum, and Sea Glass.

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My project manager inspected the supplies, and approved. Our 7-year-old Jack is wearing a Spartan wrist band, which is part of his inspector look. He suggested I use black Gorilla tape instead, and so I did.

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While we could buy a birdhouse kit, or make a birdhouse, these birdhouses were under $10 at Jo-Ann’s Fabric & Crafts.

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In order to transform the birdhouse into a planter, I need to cut a hole in the top of the house.

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I used an oscillating tool, Rockwell’s Sonicrafter, to cut the holes in the top of the birdhouses.

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To finish the corners of the cuts, and to pry out the piece, I used a HYDE multi-tool.

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For the picket fence birdhouse, I chose Krylon’s watermelon gloss.

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Yes, I have fun when I’m painting. It’s an addition.

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Just need a few coats on the wood birdhouses to match the color on the cap of the spray paint.

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I lined the inside of each birdhouse with Gorilla tape, to create a seal between the wood and the plant.

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After filling the house with dirt, I chose the plant for each little birdhouse.

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The log cabin birdhouse is pretty in Sea Glass. And that’s a fake succulent from Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Crafts. A really good looking fake plant.

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I like the double chimney affect of these in this little birdhouse planter.

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I used Spax screws to attach the birdhouses to the wall.

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And then I thought each house should have a homeowner.

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Minecraft Steve with pick axe seems at home with his log cabin succulent birdhouse.

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Batman shows his softer side with a watermelon pink birdhouse.

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