DIY nesting bird hanging planter

The minute I saw these adorable bird planters from West Elm, I knew I wanted to make them fly fly fly away :) Aren’t they the cutest?! I’ve been all about adding more plants to our home, both inside and outdoors, and these little nesting bird hanging planters are perfect to add green and a touch of whimsy to your home!

And you know, I am nesting, they are nesting – everybody is now nesting in our home ūüėČ I wanted to keep the feel very natural and soft, so I used some leather lace + unfinished wood beads/rings to create a little “nest” for these planters. But of course, you know me, I couldn’t help but add a bit of color to them too!

Now fly, fly away little birdies :)

What you need

What you do:

1. Cut a piece of wire long enough to thread 16 beads, and thread your beads on it. For the small birds, I used 16mm beads, for the medium birds I used 20mm beads and for the larger birds I used 25mm beads.
2. Cut two pieces of leather string of 52 inches long for the medium and big birds (for the smaller birds, 40 inches is what I did). But it can be longer or shorter depending on how low you want your bird to hang.. Thread them through your wood ring, and mark them where you’d like your bird to hang – where you’ll make the nots to the nest. I marked mine at about 19 inches for the medium/big birds and at about 11 inches for the smaller birds.

3. Knot the strings to your nest making a simple knot every 4 beads. Be careful not to mix your strings as you do that!
4. Put a little bit of glue on the inside beads closest to the knots and glue your bird in place so it will not fall.

5. Check your birds balance by holding it up in the air. Re-tie any knot as needed.

6. Once you know your bird is well balanced, make a gathering knot right below the wood ring as well as below the bird with a piece of leather of a different color for contrast. Take one piece and form a loop. Take the right-hand section of cord and wind it tightly round Рyou should do this about 6 times. Now take your bottom-tail and thread it through the loop at the bottom. Pull on the upper tail, and keep pulling until tight. Trim the ends as needed.

7. Make another gathering knot below your bird. Trim the ends as needed.

8. Add your plant to the planter. Voila – you’re done!

Disclaimer:West Elm partnered with me for this post and provided the bird planters for this shoot. I received no compensation. All ideas and thoughts in this post are my own. All pictures by This Little Street.

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20 Responses to “DIY nesting bird hanging planter”
  1. Wow, these are so adorable! I really love this idea, I’ve been having it in the back of my mind for quite some time to get some hanging planters up around the house, thanks for the inspiration! : )

    • audrey says:

      Aw thanks Crystal so glad I can help you find some inspiration for your home :) Hanging planters are really great!

  2. So beautiful, Audrey! I love all the different colors you used!

  3. Stephani Hall says:

    Would you be willing to sale two of these. I really want a blue and another color. Please let me know. Such beautiful work! Steph

    • audrey says:

      Unfortunately these aren’t for sale, but honored that you’d be willing to buy some! Really glad you like them!

  4. Oh, my. Cutest project ever!!

  5. Clemence says:

    These are SO adorable! Love the gorgeous, luminous photos and the pretty colors as well :)

    • audrey says:

      Aw it means a lot that you like these little guys, Clemence :) Hope you’re feeling better! xxx

  6. Abigail says:

    This is such a great idea ! I love the whimsical little birdie

  7. Kathy says:

    Hi Audrey,
    This is very pretty and you have such good taste in the things you do.
    I may just have to find me a little bird and try and make this one.
    Happy nesting to you and your little birds :-) Kathy

    • audrey says:

      Aw so glad you like this project too, Kathy! No nail polish this time around ūüėČ

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