Wing It: 16 Approaches to a DIY Birdbath

Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a DIY birdbath modeled after any of the following inspiring designs.

  1. Branch Out

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    DIY Branches

    Building a DIY birdbath like this one from The Art of Doing Stuff 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. 

    Related: 5 Ways to Bring Songbirds to Your Backyard

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  2. Flying Saucer

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    Hanging Birdbath

    The base of this extraordinary DIY birdbath is an ordinary hanging planter. In the center, simply set in a terra cotta pot upside down and fill in with soil and plants. Finally, set a medium-size terra cotta saucer on top of the terra cotta pot, hang, fill with water, and wait for the birds to discover it.

    Related: 10 Water Features to Make Any Backyard Landscape Complete

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  3. A Step Up

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    Step Ladder Bird Bath

    A simple vintage step stool can become a cheerful backyard accent, as Barb Rosen from Our Fairfield Home & Garden proved with this DIY bird bath. The project is simple to do: paint a vintage wood step ladder in a bold hue and top with an oversized terra cotta saucer or serving tray. For added stability and style, add a heavy centerpiece like a decorative rock or a fun faux planter.

    Related: 14 DIY Project Materials Hiding in Your Backyard

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  4. Garden Party

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    Teacup Birdbath

    This tiny, whimsical homemade birdbath from Wayside Treasures 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!

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  5. Cast Away

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    Cast BirdBath

    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 can be painted according to your tastes and placed on a deck rail or patio table. 

    Related: 6 Creative Things You Can DIY with Concrete

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  6. Brick by Brick

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    Brick Birdbath

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

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  7. Lighten Up

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    Homemade Birdbath

    Blogger Natalie Wright created this quirky homemade birdbath by combining a lamp base with a bundt cake pan, then applying the "upcycled" creation with cheery coat of yellow spray paint.

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  8. Tray Chic

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    Tray DIY

    The smart DIYer at Just a Girl 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.

    Related: 5 Bird Feeders You Can Make

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  9. Flip Your Lids

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    Trash Can Lid Birdbath

    Sometimes you don't have to go far to find materials that can be used to make something wonderful. This grouping of homemade birdbaths, another original from Our Fairfield Home & Garden, is comprised of stacked stones and recycled galvanized trash can lids. No tools required!

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  10. Bird Shower

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    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 vintage chic galvanized metal tub, terra cotta saucer, solar fountain, and a few other easily obtainable supplies. Follow the full tutorial at Flower Patch Farmhouse, and get ready for hummingbird sightings.

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  11. A Natural Touch

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    Concrete Rock Bird Bath

    A trash can lid was used as a concrete form for the base of this DIY birdbath. The blogger at Curious Acorn added a personal touch with the rocks lining the rim of the bowl—her husband's childhood tumbled rock collection. 

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  12. Repurposed Lamp

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    Repurposed Lamp Bird Bath

    This eccentric piece of garden art was created by repurposing an old lamp and lazy Susan. After cutting the lamp cord and spray-painting the lazy Susan, Barb Camp from Second Chance to Dream married them together with constructive adhesive. It brings color and interest to this yard, even as it attracts beautiful songbirds.

    Related: 12 Birdhouses We Love

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  13. Bird Bath Cage

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    Tomato Cage Bird Bath

    When a tomato cage isn't being used to keep garden plants upright, it can make a simple yet sturdy base for a backyard bird bath, as the blogger from My Life Abundant discovered. Using wire cutters, she cut the tomato cage down to size and secured it into the ground before topping it with a terra cotta saucer, painted a bright blue. The result is a stylish bird bath that is as attractive to humans as it is to the birds.

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  14. Mosaic Magic

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    Mosaic Bird Bath

    Blue glass, marbles and grout come together to form a stunning mosaic on a terra cotta pot and saucer set. Although the pot looks like it has tipped over and is balancing on the lip of the plate, it has been firmly secured adhesive, allowing birds to safely bathe without risk of injury.

    Related: How to Care for Winter Birds

    etsy.com via DebraOrganDesigns

  15. Vintage Versatility

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    Cake Stand Bird Bath

    The Etsy seller behind this charming bird bath claims it can be used as a cake stand or a bird bath, although we'd recommend using it as one or the other—not both! The base was once part of a vintage lamp and the top is an old dessert plate with just enough depth to pour out a bath for feathered visitors.

    Related: 5 Things to Do with Old Dishes

    etsy.com via MyBirdBrainIdeas

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