Decoupaged Birdbath Base from Recycled Materials

A birdbath made from two plastic buckets, bottoms screwed together and a plastic saucer from garden pot for the top. These can be painted or decoupaged and sprayed with clear spray paint. Wipe down with alcohol before decorating. Some who have purchased these from me also use them for a plant stand/holder and for a gazing ball stand. They are about 3 feet tall and 9 1/2 inches across the top.


By Maggie from Bloomington, MN


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October 17, 20071 found this helpful

What a great idea and so pretty too!. It sure would blend into the garden. Thanks for sharing.

By Elaine (Guest Post)
October 17, 20070 found this helpful

Maggie, where did you get your buckets? Could you give approximate sizes? Cute Idea!


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October 17, 20070 found this helpful

Good for you! It's beautiful! And HURRAH! for using your imagination to make cool things from recycled materials! It looks like your birdbath may be for indoor use? But for all you Bird Lovers out there, I just wanted to post a word of warning for those of you who have Birdbaths in their yard. I just recently found out myself that birdbaths aren't always the best idea for the environment these days (because of the West Nile Virus) unless you clean them weekly. Until just last year I had several in my own yard until my Mom told be that they are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. I thought getting rid of all birdbaths was a bit of an overkill, so I logged on to a CDC website & they said to just clean & change the birdbath weekly. Bird clubs recommend using a 10% bleach to water solution.


Kind of a hassle, but I'm sure the birds & other critters appreciate it the clean water!

Here's what the CDC says:

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

Or, there is a device called the "Water Wiggler", you can install one in your bird bath. Water Wiggler's agitator action creates continuous ripples in water, preventing mosquitos from laying eggs in bird baths.
(PRETTY COOL! They only cost $20 & run on 2 D cell batteries)

October 17, 20070 found this helpful

I do use these outside and clean & refresh them daily:0) These buckets are from a floral company..they receive flowers in them. Each one is about 18" tall and 9 1/2" across the top. I use a saucer, that goes under a planter, to hold the water in on the top.


I've used both plastic and clay saucers. They are held together with a bolt and nut after drilling a hole in the bottoms of each. They have sprayed with clear paint from Walmart (about $1 a can) They have held up well outside:0)

By Wendy from Oz (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Maggie
I think there is something is wrong with the picture that has come up with your birdbath, as the picture I am seeing, is something that looks like a tall vase, painted black with pretty pansies. Could you send the photo of the stand & bucket again please? ... or let me know how I can correct what I am seeing PLEASE, as I love your idea however, I will have to find something similar in Australia.
We don't have the same items you have access to in the USA, nor do we have Walmart. What a shame, as it looks like a great place to shop!
This happens often on ThriftyFun (this is not a complaint) as it seems that you have soooo much more variety in the US than we do here. We don't get 'coupons' here either, so even those are something I know nothing about. I guess it's due to the huge population difference.


I've always wanted to visit the US, but would be a little concerned about visiting on my own, especially as I don't know a soul there. Maybe one day! :-) Our population has only recently hit the 20 million for the whole country, which is quite small when you look at the size of the country, so you can see the enormous difference!
Thanks heaps

Editor's Note: I believe that this is the base for a bird bath, made by placing two florist buckets together (bottom to bottom) and you can put a plant saucer on top of it for the birdbath portion. She also mentions that you can use it as a planter or a base for a gazing ball.

We sure appreciate you and all our international readers. It is a nice reminder of how small AND large the world really is.

November 1, 20070 found this helpful

The picture is correct :0) See editor's note..Any type of buckets or small wast/trash cans would work if you can find something to hold water that will fit the top.. I have done some using fabric that I've cut designs from and decopodged them on (use white glue , thinned with water if you can't find Modpodge there) My daughter moved to Australia last year to marry a young man there :0) She loves it! Look around and see what you can find :0)


Maggie in Bloomington, MN

August 18, 20090 found this helpful

Very pretty to look at. My concern is that a bird or small animal might drown in this? How deep is it? Perhaps I am missing something in the directions? With a stone birdbath it is shallow enough to enable the birds/animals to get out of it.

March 12, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you so much for posting the picture! I always love to see a recycled craft.


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