How to Make a Birch Bark Door Planter
Gather young plants to fill a bark-wrapped hanging planter basket that celebrates spring and welcomes visitors. This rustic decoration adds instant charm to any front door.
If you can’t wait for spring planting, try this easy project that incorporates some of the season’s earliest blooming plants and a few houseplants in a birch bark basket container made from salvaged materials. Hang it on the front door or a prominent place nearby. The display will bloom and thrive throughout spring—far longer than cut flowers—and the plants shown can live on in the garden or other containers.
Gather materials to make the door planter. Set aside a few thin, 2-foot-long branches from late-winter or early-spring pruning and upcycle them into a handle for the naturalistic design. We used a 4 1/2 × 5 1/2-inch paper popcorn cup from a movie theater as the inner vessel for the plants. The sheet of birch bark used to wrap the cup was purchased from a crafts supplier. Never cut or tear bark from a living tree; removing bark makes the plant more vulnerable.
Choose tiny houseplants, flowering bulbs, and wee perennials or annuals for your basket wall planter. Hang the finished birch bark craft outdoors on a shaded door, wall, or gate where it will draw attention. Bring the planter indoors overnight until the threat of frost is over. When warmer days arrive in late spring or early summer, transfer the plants to larger pots or appropriate places in the garden.