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Homemade Birdbath Ideas

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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.


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September 7, 2016

If you enjoy watching a robin splash about in a birdbath and want to help our feathered friends to a cool drink during these hot summer and fall days, you don't have to spend a fortune on fancy, high-priced garden store models.

Keep and eye open for the bases at garage and estate sales, even thrift stores, then get creative with the bowl portion of your birdbath.

Keep in mind, it's good to offer differing depths of water in the bowls for various sizes of birds. At my house, the robins like something deep and they can empty it in a day with all their vigorous splashing. While the timid chickadees and goldfinches prefer something shallow.

The kitchen is one of my favorite places to find birdbath bowls. Some good choices are pie plates, casserole dishes, and serving bowls. The saucers for underneath terra-cotta pots is another great idea. I've even used a up-turned light fixture.

You can get creative with the base, too. I've used an old stand for a vintage ash tray (garage sale), a large table leg (salvaged), and tree stumps.

Hope this kick starts your creative juices, the birds will thank you. And you'll receive hours of enjoyment watching them.

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October 19, 20160 found this helpful

Under my deck bird bath I have placed a piece of vinyl (old tablecloth) and then placed some potted plants below..... that way the birds can splash all they want... the water goes to the plants and if any misses the pots it lands on the vinyl.... downstairs neighbor doesn't have anything to complain about

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July 26, 2007

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.

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July 9, 20090 found this helpful

Hey Donita, I'm gonna try to make one, it doesn't look hard, its very neat, send me some more good ideas of yours, cause they are very neat. Thanks, Donita.

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April 20, 20127 found this helpful

Flower Pot Bird Bath

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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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May 10, 2011

Photo of finished birdbath made from glass

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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!


August 18, 2009

A hanging bird bath made with a grapevine.

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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.


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April 15, 2009

Mosaic Birdbath

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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.


July 16, 2009

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.

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March 3, 20061 found this helpful

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.

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July 10, 2007

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.

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June 30, 2015

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?

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July 6, 20150 found this helpful

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://eartheas  -by-the-numbers/ )

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

It will discolor with UV light,

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September 22, 2008

I am looking for molds to make my own birdbaths with cement. Any suggestions on where to find them? Thanks.

Jane from Edwardsburg, MI

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

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 :)

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

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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November 15, 2007

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

White bird bath in garden.

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Hi John,

Beautiful birdbath. Would love to get permission to add this to my site for my crafting community/garden community. The web site is: my e-mail is Would love to have you as a member.

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