Wherever there’s a garden, there will be birds. And, if you have and care for a garden, you’re probably a bit of a bird watcher too. So, the least you could do is build these lovely creatures a feature. It’s understandable you don’t have a bird bath in your garden yet because you always thought it would be over the budget, but with these DIY bird bath ideas using everyday items there’s no more excuses. Ready? Let’s get to it!
“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” - Rose Kennedy
Repurposing Terra-Cotta Pots
It’s very likely you have some old terra-cotta pots laying around your home. This is the time to put them to a use and learn how to make a bird bath out of recycled materials!
These are all the supplies you’ll need:
- 3 pots (small, medium, and large)
- 2 saucers (large and medium)
- White primer
- Spray paint (whatever color you’d like)
- E6000 Glue
- Clear coat
The idea and instructions come from Thrifty Fun, where you can also find a couple of photos to follow the step-by-step.
Nonetheless, this is what you need to do:
- You’ll start off by spraying the saucers and pots with primer - one coat should be enough - but you can spray a second one if you think it’s necessary. After letting it dry, you’ll spray the paint - two or three thin coats should do the trick. Let it dry again and then it’s time for the glue!
- Apply the glue to the bottom edge of the larger pot and attach the medium pot onto it, apply the glue again on the bottom edge of the medium pot and place the smaller pot onto it. Lastly, glue the larger saucer onto the smaller pot.
As for the smaller saucer, you can either glue it to the larger one, or just use a rock (as shown on the photo above) to support it and make it easier to clean later.
This little hanging bird bath project is simple and quite fun to make. All you need for it is a glass casserole dish lid, chain, and a quick link. Then you can find the full instructions and measurements (for the chains) over at Sadie Seasongoods.
Colorful and Easy to Clean
There are a lot of materials for this one, but don’t be scared because it’s actually a very easy DIY project, okay? Okay!
Here’s what you need:
- Plate (or shallow bowl)
- ½ inch PVC pipe
- 3-foot length of ½ inch steel stake (or PVC pipe)
- Spray paint (whatever color you wish)
- Silicon sealant
- Craft paper
- Permanent marker
The directions are separated into two sections:
- Preparing the surface.
- Making the center of the bird bath.
And you can find them by clicking here.
Old Discs Mosaic
In addition to giving you a gorgeous piece for your garden, this DIY bird bath bowl will help you get rid of any old DVDs or CDs you don’t want anymore. Maggie, from Me and My DIY has it all laid out for you - from materials to instructions and some great tips along the way. Go and check it out!
Simple Candlestick Bird Bath
Isn’t this just adorable? It’s definitely a beautiful addition to your garden landscape, and so easy to make! All you need is a candlestick - or if you don’t have it at home, maybe a friend of yours can donate an old one so you can build a bird bath with found items - a pretty plate, and some super glue. It’s better if the candlestick is made out of metal so it’ll be firmer in the ground.
You can also insert a stake into the ground and put your (hollow) candlestick there. Once that’s settled, the next step is kind of obvious, right? Glue your plate into the top of the candlestick and fill in some water!
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Are you ready to start building your own bird bath? Share your thoughts in the comments below and find more DIY & Decor ideas on our Inspiration page!