When I make a design that I really like I will end up playing with it to see what else I can do with it. My bird bowl planter is one of those designs. It is a cute planter but I mostly ended up using the smaller version as catch all bowls around the house. I decided to try to make the best planter I could from the design and this is the result.
This version of my bird planter has a self watering insert with a wicking string. The insert can used without the string for plants that don't like wet roots. The body of the bird acts as a reservoir for the water if you are using it as a self watering planter, or a drip tray if using as a standard planter.