Wing It: 16 Approaches to a DIY Birdbath

Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a birdbath that you've made on your own.

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  1. Branch Out


    Building a birdbath like this requires only two steps: wedging broken branches into the ground and placing a bowl, plate, or saucer on top. Take care to space the branches so that they can support the weight of a water-filled vessel.

  2. Lighten Up


    This quirky, beautiful birdbath was created by combining a lamp base with a bundt cake pan, then applying the "upcycled" creation with cheery coat of yellow spray paint.

  3. Pots and Paint


    The base of this earthy, standing birdbath is a stack of small, medium, and large terra-cotta pots (on top is a big saucer). Want to make your own version? You may choose to inject personal style with paint in multiple colors.

  4. Everything but the…


    Don't send that old pedestal sink off to the junkyard; instead, reuse it as a birdbath! To make the basin more shallow, fill it with a layer of pebbles before adding water.

  5. Flying Saucer


    The base of this DIY birdbath is a twig wreath (make your own or purchase one from a craft store). In the center, simply set in a terra-cotta saucer, and if you'd like to hang your project, use rope or twine.

  6. Brick by Brick


    Many homeowners have spare bricks lying around. By stacking these into a pillar, you can build a sturdy birdbath base that needs only a bowl or tray on top to function as the water basin.

  7. Mosaic Magic


    A trash can lid was used as a concrete form for the base of this birdbath. (The middle indentation comes from the top of a water cooler that was pressed into the wet concrete.) Broken pieces of colored glass and pottery create a decorative mosaic effect along the edges.

  8. Cast Away


    Cast in cement, this little "leaf" holds a shallow pool. To make your own, position a real leaf in a pile of sand, then cover the leaf with concrete. After drying, you'll be left with a natural-looking bowl that is the perfect size for placement on a deck rail or patio table.

  9. Garden Party


    This tiny, whimsical birdbath is just a teacup and saucer attached to a painted wood spindle. Cleverly reusing unexpected materials certainly brings a touch of charm to the garden!

  10. Tray Chic


    This smart DIYer spiced up a plain, round serving tray with a design cut from vinyl. The tray was then attached to a metal plant stand with a few dabs of construction adhesive.

  11. Flip Your Lids


    Sometimes you don't have to go far to find materials that can be used to make something wonderful. This grouping of birdbaths is comprised of stacked stones and recycled galvanized trash can lids. No tools required!

  12. Step Ladder


    A terra cotta pot coaster set atop a step ladder makes a thoroughly suitable place for birds to splash. Place potted plants on the lower rungs to camouflage and decorate. It’s perfectly portable. If your feathered friends prefer sun in cooler weather, you can easily oblige.

  13. Bird Shower


    Some birds, like people, prefer to shower rather than bathe. Hummingbirds are among that lot. You can make a mister for them to enjoy with a 5 gallon container, PVC pipe, a submersible pump, and a few other easily obtainable supplies. Paint it pretty, and get ready to be entertained.

  14. Elephant Ear


    Leave a big impression on the avian community by casting a large leaf into a cement bird bath. All you need is a large leaf (like a hosta, castor bean, or elephant ear), some Quikcrete, and a large pot saucer to mold it in. Reinforce it with a little chicken wire. It will give you a rustic and natural element to add to your garden or yard.

  15. Stump and Old Light Fixtures


    Upcycle a tree stump into a bird bath by screwing the glass from an old light fixture onto it. Seal the hole with duct tape and toss a few stones in for a decorative touch. You’re ready to fill it with water and watch the birds bathe.

  16. Repurposed Lamp


    This eccentric piece of garden art was created by repurposing and old lamp and lazy susan. After cutting the lamp cord and spray painting the lazy susan, some liquid nails, marries them together. It brings color and interest to this yard, as well as attracting beautiful birds.

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