Money being so tight I decided to make my daughter a birdbath for Mother's Day. Birdbaths can be expensive this one only cost me $5.00 to make and I'm pretty sure she will love it! This project is easy to make!
Approximate Time: 30 minutes to make, per directions for glue drying time
Liquid Nails clear
tin serving tray
2 large glass flower vases
1 glass water/wine goblet
2 glass bowls
1 fairy statue
3 silk flowers (3 buds)
Start at the bottom with the tin tray and large green flower vase. Put Liquid Nails all around the brim of the vase, center the vase onto the tray.
Wait 15 minutes, then put Liquid Nails onto the bottom of the goblet center it onto the large green vase. Wait to dry.
Then, take the your other large vase and turn it up side down, put Liquid Nails around the brim of the vase, center it onto the goblet rim. Wait to dry.
Take a bowl put Liquid Nails onto the bottom of the bowl, center it onto the bottom of the vase. Wait to dry.
Then take the top bowl (flowered one) add Liquid Nails to the rim of the other bowl, set the (flowered) bowl on the rim and center it on the bowl. Wait to dry.
Take the fairy statue, put Liquid Nails on the bottom of her and center her into the top bowl. Wait to dry.
Use Liquid Nails to add the silk flower buds, (even the one on the top bowl).
I like to put a trash bag, folded in half or to whatever size I want it and held down by rocks out in the garden and then when it rains, the water puddles and makes a great bird bath. They appear to just love it. You can use recycled plastic or garbage bags for it. They enjoy taking a bath so much in the summer.
This is a cute way to make a bird bath or bird feeder using a grapevine wreath.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
shallow planter bottom
chain or twine
Get a grapevine wreath and a shallow planter bottom that you put under the planter to hold water in. Or any shallow pan, tray or dish that fits. Set the planter tray on the wreath. Hang it using chains or twine. You could use the plastic hangers from discarded hanging plants.
You could put peanut butter with seeds in around the edges of the wreath to attract the birds. It could be used as a feeder or bird bath.
You can make a bird bath with a trash can lid by turning it upside down and attaching it to the top of a pedestal. A short fence post works well for the pedestal and metal trash can lids seem to work the best for the bath. It's easier to attach the lid if you hacksaw off the handle. Decorate the lid with paint.
Don't throw out that leaking bird bath! Make it into your own work of art. And that old chipped plate, you didn't know what to do with, can adorn your masterpiece. My piece is in memory of my Irish grandmother, Kay. I had a few of her old yellow rose plates which I fondly remember having meals on as a child, which also brings back memories of staying with her on summer vacation.
I added shells to my work, in memory of all the days we played in the sand on the Jersey shore. The green glass marbles are for her Emerald Isle (as she called her Ireland). I hope this project can fill you with fond memories and get your creative juices flowing.
If you have never worked with cement, you might want to start with a smaller project first, like a stepping stone. This will give you a feel of working with cement and the sharp pieces you'll be pushing into the cement. This is my 1st larger piece and I'm still learning, it's not perfect, but it fills my garden with memories.
Approximate Time: 3-4 hours
cement birdbath top
8 lb.box stepping stone mix
2-3 old plates
bucket and stirrer
a few bath towels
green glass accent marbles
Put on those ugly safety glasses. With the plate wrapped in the towel, on the floor, hammer the plate. Break into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Lift towel to check what's happening and how much more or less you have to hammer. If there's a pattern, try to keep it in order. (I misplaced a couple pieces and it was hard to find were they went in the pattern). Be careful, these pieces are sharp. Place the pattern of broken pieces on a tray, so they will be ready to put onto the cement. Have all your decorating pieces ready before you mix the cement.
Place towels under the birdbath top to keep it from wobbling, and make it level. You'll be leaving it in place for a few days to dry so make sure it's not out in the weather or in the way. (I did mine on my covered porch.)
In your bucket, mix the cement with water following package directions. (You should be outdoors when doing this.) Pour the cement into the birdbath, you should have about 1 inch thickness. Spread with trowel, wiggle (if you will!) the trowel and work the cement so it settles and no air bubbles are present. Smooth the top. At this point you can rinse your bucket and trowel.
Get right back to your cement (you have about an hour, before the cement starts to thicken/harden) and start with the patterned pieces of your plate first. Push each piece into the cement, just level with cement. Continue with each piece, keeping the pattern in proper order, placing them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart. Once your done with the patterned portion, it gets easier because you can now randomly place the solid color pieces all around. If you're putting shells in, select the spot and push in. The green glass marbles were placed around the circumference, and pushed in.
You'll want to wipe off the excess cement that is on each piece. A few damp paper towels will do, but don't push too hard. You might need to wipe the haze off in a day, with a damp rag.
You're done! Leave in place for a few days (3-5 days, depending on the weather).
If you have muscles (it's heavy), place your dried masterpiece on the bird bath pedestal. Or just lay it in your garden and let the memories embrace you!
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Here are questions related to Homemade Birdbath Ideas.
A long time ago, I bought a children's book on how to make garden projects and it has a suggestion to use the top of a plastic trash can as a mold, and it says to dig a hole in the ground for the lid to fit, put the lid in the hole, fill with concrete a little, add a chicken wire (as a kind of "rebar" type stabilizer) and add more concrete on top of that, place the actual trash can in the middle, centering it, and let it cure there, and you can add decorative pieces such as marbles or broken tiles to suit your taste. My husband did this just this past summer with our kids and was successful. Good luck!
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