How to Make an Outdoor planter using Chicken Wire & Landscape Fabric

Jul 06 2018
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Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal. When I moved and then spray painted my grandma’s shepherds hook plant hanger it just screamed for me to add a plant to the middle of it. But no pots would work in this instance so I set out to make my own!

At first I had my heart set on a fuschia like this one:

I don’t own this image and I don’t know who does!

So, up in my neck of the woods the fuschia in red and white or red and yellow is pretty darned rare. Instead I can buy any number of the purple and pink fuschia that I could possibly want. But I thought the pink might clash with the red hummingbird feeder so I kept looking.

(Really though is there anything better then walking around a green house!? I may have taken WAY longer then I needed to to find the perfect plant lol I’m in Heaven.)

I wanted a plant that would really drape and hang over the entire feeder and entirely cover up its base.

This is what I ended up with and its called a scaevola. I love how its kinda of viney and drapes over the whole feeder!

Ok so I cut a square piece of chicken wire and draped it over the top of the feeder. Then I pushed it down into the center and kinda wrapped it around the back of the shepherds hooks to secure it.

(Wear gloves and watch yourself with chicken wire, it will scratch you!)

Hummingbird feeder planter shepherds hook extravaganza painted bright red with six humming bird feeders hanging from it. A large glass bowl off of a chandelier converted into a planter and solar light set in the middle of my large shepherds hook hummginbird feeder.Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal
Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal

Then I pushed a square piece of landscape fabric into the chicken wire and transferred the plant into a garbage bag.

Why did I decide to the transfer the plant first into a garbage bag? I feared the landscape fabric wouldn’t hold any kind of water and I was told this type of plant needs a lot of water!

After plopping the plant down into the planter I waited before poking holes in the garbage bag and its a good thing I did. The warning that scaevola’s require a lot of water was NO JOKE. This plant requires TONS OF WATER and I’m really glad that I didn’t add drainage holes.

(You may want to though depending on the plant you choose.)

In this case my plant wholly covered the majority of the chicken wire beneath it. I had initially planned on using landscape moss to cover the bottom of the planter but it didn’t seem necessary.

I am totally excited with how this turned out and was really thrilled when I was working on it because I had multiple hummingbirds come and tell me that I was totally interrupting their dinner!

Custom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousalCustom outdoor planter made with chicken wire and landscape fabric and a long hanging plant over a shepherds hook hummingbird feeder carousal

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6 Comments

  1. July 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

    The chicken wire idea to hold the plant in the middle is fantastic. I love how this looks, its one of those planters that would make me look at how it was made. Your home is turning into a sanctuary everything one of a kind, made with whats on hand. I think this plant is a better choice than the fuschias, as fuschias require so much water. Love it.

    • July 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Leanna! It definitely turned out better then I had hoped. Some projects look so rough in the middle you just kinda close your eyes, forge ahead and hope for the best lol

  2. July 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    What a great idea! Not only do you have beautiful flowers to enjoy but also the birds!

  3. July 8, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Nice!!! I love how those flowers look in that hummingbird feeder. Such a clever idea. Pinned!

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