Flower Pot Bird Bath
Using a few inexpensive terra cotta flower pots you can make a beautiful bird bath for your garden. This is a guide about making a flower pot bird bath
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I really wanted to have a bird bath in our yard, but every time I found one that I liked it was so expensive. I decided to try and make my own using stacked flower pots and saucers.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
- 3 flower pots (small, medium, and large)
- 1-2 saucers
- white primer
- spray paint, any colors
- E6000 glue
- clear coat
- Spray all of the pots and saucers with primer. Let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary.
- Spray the pots and saucers whatever colors you have chosen. Apply as many thin coats as necessary to achieve the desired coverage and color. As I was painting my pots I found that I liked the varying coverage, it had almost a weathered look to it, so I did not continue painting to achieve a perfectly uniform color. Allow to dry.
- Once all pieces are dry, apply glue to the bottom edge of the largest pot, then stack the medium sized pot onto it. Apply glue to the medium pot and stack the small pot onto it. Allow these to dry according to the package instructions for the glue.
- Apply glue to the bottom edge of the small pot and center the large saucer onto it. I chose to not glue the small saucer on (so the I could clean both saucers easier), so I balanced it on the edge of the large saucer and used a rock to support it. Allow glue to dry.
- After all of the glue has thoroughly dried and the bird bath is strong enough to be moved, you can spray it with a few layers of clear coat. It is now ready to go outside for the birds to enjoy!
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
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May 2, 20160 found this helpful
Will gorilla glue work for the pots!!
I just wanted to show my bird bath. I got the idea from one of your readers on Thrifty.com. I think it turned out quite nicely.
By ragteller from Tofield, AB
Editor's Note: The original project is archived below.
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June 28, 20090 found this helpful
How do you make the "Terra Cotta Garden Birdbath? Is it hard? What kind of paint is used? Do you use a sealer? Help!
This decorative little bird bath can work as a place to keep stamps, paperclips, safety pins, or even potpourri. It also seems very popular as a Barbie or dollhouse decoration. A small clay pot, clay dish, paint, glue, and wooden birds are the only materials you need to make this a simple and cost-effective craft.
Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes, without drying time
- clay pot - 2 inches tall
- clay dish - 1 and 1/2 inches wide
- wood or plastic birds - 1/2 to 1 inch in size
- dark or forest green paint
- white paint
- yellow paint
- blue paint
- craft glue
- varnish/sealer (optional)
- Turn the clay pot upside down and paint it a dark green.
- Turn the dish upside down and paint the sides and bottom white.
- Paint the lower sides on the dish dark green, as shown in the "Step 1" picture.
- Let the paint dry. Use second coat if needed.
- Flip the clay dish over so that it's facing up again. Paint the bottom and lower sides of the inner dish blue and the upper sides of the inner dish dark green, as shown in the "Step 2" picture. Mix a little white with the blue paint to lighten it up before using. Let dry.
- Make a small yellow dot on the painted clay pot. Surround the yellow dot with 5-6 small white dots, making a small flower. Repeat decoration across pot, as shown in the "Step 3" picture. Let dry.
- You can leave the pot as is, or use a clear varnish coat to help protect your artwork. If you add varnish, let it dry completely before beginning to glue.
- Glue the dish to the pot, as shown in the finished project picture. Glue the birds to the side of the dish and let everything dry.
Depending on what you plan on using the mini birdbath for, you can leave the inside of the bath green, or paint it blue. For example, if you plan on filling the birdbath with blue potpourri, then you probably don't need to paint it. If you plan on putting it in front of a dollhouse, then you probably should paint it. But in the end, the choice is all yours, because this is your little work of art!
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By guest (Guest Post)
August 29, 20080 found this helpful
I love it! So creative.
September 12, 201210 found this helpful
This short video show you the steps to making a bird bath with flower pots. View the full project here: Flower Pot Bird Bath
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September 24, 20120 found this helpful
I have in the past used just the top part lying on the ground for water. This is the neatest idea I have seen in a while! Like it!
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I love the purple bird bath made with flower pots! Where did you get the large saucer for the top? What is it made of?
February 27, 20171 found this helpful
any Home Depot or garden supply store will sell a pot made that big in the Garden section.
after that all you have to do is paint it.
March 18, 20140 found this helpful
How tall is the bird bath, and if needed, how do I add more height?
By AnnH. from Shelbyville, IN
March 25, 20140 found this helpful
The height depends on the size of the clay pots you use. Since the pots vary, so will your birdbath. Just add an extra pot or use larger ones if you need a taller bird bath.
Can the person who posted how to make a terra cotta fountain describe what type of paint will hold up outside and not cause any health issues for birds. Also the same question for the glue she used. Or if anyone can help me with these questions I would be grateful.
August 16, 20120 found this helpful
I am not the poster, but it seems reasonable that you might leave the inside of the saucers unpainted; it would still look cute!
May 18, 20141 found this helpful
Hardware store has a waterproof sealer in some colors, we found one that was for pools ponds/ animal safe to "freshen up" an older bird bath. Worked great just for inside the bowl.
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June 26, 20091 found this helpful
|Terra Cotta Garden Birdbath|
You can choose what size terra cotta pots and trays you want to use. Glue them together with clear caulking, let dry at least 24 hours. Whitewash with thinned out white acrylic paint. Let dry about an hour, then paint what ever you want on it, or just blend paints, that is also nice. I liked the leaves and frogs on mine. It is really whatever you like. Let it dry 24 hours then spray with sealer. You really should let it dry 24 hours then spray again and let dry another 24 hours. Fill and watch the birds play in it.
By Sheri from Stockton, CA
April 14, 20170 found this helpful
How do you drain dirty water out without lifting the entire birdbath up side down? You would almost have to glue the bath in order to support the weight of the birds.