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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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By 6 found this helpful
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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By 2 found this helpful
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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April 20, 20127 found this helpful

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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By 2 found this helpful
April 15, 2009

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




  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  7. 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.
  8. You're done! Leave in place for a few days (3-5 days, depending on the weather).
  9. 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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By 6 found this helpful
May 10, 2011

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!

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August 18, 2009

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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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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By 0 found this helpful
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



By Lady (Guest Post)
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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By T. in Ohio (Guest Post)
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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July 8, 20170 found this helpful

I just saw an article today about things you can use as a mold. A woman used serving trays from the Dollar store and once concrete was put in them, they looked like a flower bowl. She said there are many inexpensive items at a dollar store, Goodwill or other thrift store. I hope this helps

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By 0 found this helpful
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?


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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By 2 found this helpful
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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