Every Spring I go through the same frustrating process. I want to decorate my porch with beautiful hanging basket flowers or plants. It starts with either buying a simple pre-made one, or buying all of the soil, baskets and flowers to plant my own hanging baskets. They look beautiful, for about a week. Then the invaders come. The robin, or whatever annoying bird it is, decides to create their nest and eggs in MY flower baskets. Being an animal lover, I then feel guilty for disturbing their home, especially once the baby birds hatch, and I stop watering my flowers. So the flowers then of course die, and my once beautiful decoration to my front porch has turned into a brown, dead, hanging bird house.
Last year I tried to avoid this from the beginning. I read that if you stay on top of your plant, watering/checking it everyday, the birds are less likely to nest there. So after hanging my pretty new hanging baskets last Spring, I viligantly/ obsessively checked on my sweet plant everyday, watering it and letting any house-hunting birds be aware that my plants were not available. The very NEXT day I checked my basket…and BOOM… a full blown nest was there. Are you freakin kidding me?? So I turned to Google again to figure what to do. (And this is where my story gets a little embarrassing as I admit how obsessed I became with keeping these stupid birds away.) Apparently if you have a realistic-looking owl it can scare the birds away from coming back. Now I wasn’t going to spend money on some stupid owl… so I printed a big picture of one and stuck it to the ceiling of my porch, above the hanging baskets. That’ll show ’em! I also bought a couple little wind chimes to dangle over the baskets, hoping the sounds would scare them away. Well those birds were persistant and cocky little things. They basically laughed at me and my attempts to scare them away as they continued to build their nests, lay their eggs, and thus kill another Spring’s hanging flower baskets.
So, after another failed attempt, I was ready to give up this Spring when I came up with a new idea. Why not create my own faux hanging basket, that doesn’t have to be watered or taken care of? Then if the birds make a nest in it, who cares? Plus I totally SUCK at taking care of plants anyway… as in, I’m awesome at killing them and struggle to keep any plant alive. The faux plant wouldn’t need any maintenance so it would be the easiest solution by far. So here’s how I did it and how you can easily create your own maintenance-free, beautiful, custom hanging basket.
- Stones, to weigh the basket down. They don’t have to be fancy, any rocks will do.
- Empty Hanging Basket. I got this one at Wegmans for 1/2 the price the landscape stores were selling the same one for. Yay!
- Floracraft Styrofoam half ball floral arranger.
- Faux Spanish Moss. (Totally OPTIONAL to hide the foam, but I didn’t even use it!)
- Wire cutters to trim your flowers/plants.
- Faux flowers/plants.
- Fill the bottom of your hanging basket with stones.
- Place your styrofoam in the center of the basket.
- After trimming your flowers to the desired length with the wire cutters, just stab them into the styrofoam and arrange. DONE!
How easy is that? I’m so happy with my faux hanging basket this season. I’m pretty sure the birds made a nest the 2nd day after I hung these up… and it’s fine! I don’t care! And they’re completely maintenance-free! Hooray!