A variety of materials and containers can be used to fashion a birdbath for your yard or garden. This guide is about homemade birdbath ideas.
Is it possible to take an old tire and make it into a bird bath? If so what would be the steps to take in making one?
Some people make bird baths, veggie gardens, etc., from old car tires, however, tires contain extremely toxic chemicals that can leach into the water of a bird bath and into garden soil-e.g. arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, chromium, manganese, mercury, lead, sulfur, and zinc. I wonder about the poor birds who have happily used a bird bath, only to become ill and die.
I agree with DCA. If you really care enough about the birds to want to make a bath for them, use your imagination and come up with something safer. There are articles here on ThriftyFun for making containers from Hypertufa. You might like the craft and I'm sure your bird bath would be much prettier than one made from a tire.
If you do make one from Hypertufa, be sure to post a picture of it. We'd all like to see it!
This is my "Hippy Birdbath". I made it out of a PVC pipe and a hub cap. I used a glue, "Glue All", to put them together. It took a day to dry. Then I placed it in my rocks. The birds love it.
This project consists of two items found at the thrift store. A pedestal of some sort and a dinner plate plus some other items to dress it up. The end result a very pretty bird bath.
By John from Wichita, KS
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
That's it! You made a birdbath. Good job! :)
By Jackie from Salisbury, MD
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
This is a cute way to make a bird bath or bird feeder using a grapevine wreath. Get a grapevine wreath and a shallow planter bottom that you put under the planter to hold water in.
This is a guide about making a 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.
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.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I have been making birdbaths using vases, glasses, bowls, plates, etc. I'm in the process of making one using purple glassware, which is somewhat difficult to find. I did find a vase that matches perfectly, however, it is plastic. Will this work? Any experience with using plastic with the glass?
Before using any plastic for food or water, for your own use, or for animals, be well informed of the classification of plastics, that is the official code number ranging from 1 to 7, printed in the middle of the chasing arrows symbol that should appear on all plastic object. This code warns you about the chemical toxins that can migrate to food or drinks. The less toxic to use are plastic labeled 1, 2 and 4. Apart from the toxicity of plastics and the recycling problems involved, the second consequence of using plastic containers is that they are more subject to being scratched when being cleaned than glass or metal or earthware. In these scratches, bacteria will develop and corrupt food or drinks . (for more information about the plastics codes see : http://eartheasy.com/blog/2012/05/plastics-by-the-numbers/ )
I wanted a bird bath, but did not want something that my son would try to tip over. So I went to a discount store and found a large shallow glazed serving dish, the one I found happened to be in the shape of a yellow chick, but there were more traditional round or square ones. I put it in the garden right on the ground with some mulch around it to hold it in place, and filled it with water. The birds love it and, during the recent drought we have had, I have seen my local family of bunnies coming in for a drink as well.
Total cost: about $3.50, much less than a designer birdbath. And the glazed surface makes it easy to keep clean! I actually just run it through the dishwasher about once a week.
By Regina from Rochester, NY
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.
I am looking for molds to make my own birdbaths with cement. Any suggestions on where to find them? Thanks.
Jane from Edwardsburg, MI
You can use a regular ceramic mold. It is made of plaster. There are many mold companies to choose your mold from if you choose this type but they dont come cheap. You may want to ask your local ceramics studio if they have a used mold for sale which will be much much cheaper and will work just as well or even try the freecycle website in your area. Best of luck :)
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!