Homemade Birdbath Ideas

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.


September 7, 2016 Flag
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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.

September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Beautiful ideas, and so supportive of our winged friends. I live in a second floor apt, and the neighbor, below, doesn't appreciate it when things drip from my balcony! I can't imagine the chaos a busy birdbath might create, though I'm so tempted...

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September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Well thank you VBartlett. Now I can't stop thinking about how to make you a birdbath that won't annoy your underneath neighbor. What about...if you have a hanging terra cotta saucer with a slightly larger one beneath it. Both hanging from chain or cord through drilled holes (they make special drill bits for that). The bottom saucer would be only about 5-6 in. below the smaller one and would act as a drip pan or overflow. That's the gist of it anyway. I bet you can figure a way to make this work. Let me know. And maybe you can enter the idea in a ThriftyFun contest.

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September 11, 20160 found this helpful

Hey likekinds, you're so right. I'm in search of the perfect heater for one of my birdbaths. Would love to have seen that robin in the icy water. Yes, I love the goldfinches. They have the sweetest little song.

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October 19, 20160 found this helpful

July 26, 2007 Flag
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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.

Hubcap Birdbath

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November 15, 2007 Flag
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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.

November 17, 20070 found this helpful

very pretty and nice and the birdies probably are

thanking you

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November 26, 20070 found this helpful

very very nice !

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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:

http://www.craftygardeners.com my e-mail is

jogebczyk@yahoo.com. Would love to have you as a member.

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May 5, 20160 found this helpful

May 10, 2011 Flag
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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! This project is easy to make!

Approximate Time: 30 minutes to make, per directions for glue drying time



  1. 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.

  2. Wait 15 minutes, then put Liquid Nails onto the bottom of the goblet center it onto the large green vase. Wait to dry.

  3. 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.

  4. Take a bowl put Liquid Nails onto the bottom of the bowl, center it onto the bottom of the vase. Wait to dry.

  5. 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.

  6. Take the fairy statue, put Liquid Nails on the bottom of her and center her into the top bowl. Wait to dry.

  7. Use Liquid Nails to add the silk flower buds, (even the one on the top bowl).

That's it! You made a birdbath. Good job! :)

By Jackie from Salisbury, MD

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

Very clever. If using outside I would not use the tin tray. I would actually sink the bottom vase partway into the ground for stability. I would eliminate the silk flowers because they would fade too badly in the sunlight. And I would use a large vase instead of the glass for the middle. The stem could break too easily. I would also try to find a larger (but not necessarily deeper) bowl for the top. I love this idea. Yours is cute but for inside only. Thrift stores here I come. LOL

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

Marvelous idea! I agree with Bev A, all her modifications to make it suitable for outdoor use look very good. I haven't gotten a bird bath because one heavy enough to stand up to Kansas winds is too heavy to dump and clean, and too breakable if the wind does blow it over anyway. This would be light enough not to shatter just because it tipped over - and if it did, well, back to the thrift store and make another one!

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March 26, 20130 found this helpful

This a fantastic idea and fabulous way to recycle and look after nature all in one- THANK YOU!!

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April 15, 2009 Flag
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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.

Mosaic Birdbath

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August 18, 2009 Flag

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.

A hanging bird bath made with a grapevine.

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April 20, 2012 Flag
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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.

Flower Pot Bird Bath

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July 16, 2009 Flag

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 26, 2016 Flag
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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?

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March 26, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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March 27, 20160 found this helpful

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!

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July 10, 2007 Flag

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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March 3, 2006 Flag
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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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