I’m ready for spring and summer, are you?? We had a beautiful Easter weekend, though a little on the chilly side because it was pretty breezy, but it was sunny and the grass had dried out from Friday’s heavy rains, which meant that, much to my relief, we were able to have our Easter egg hunt for the grandchickadees outside. That’s a good thing, because they can get pretty carried away reaching for an egg! LOL You’d think there was GOLD in them thar eggs!! :) Just chocolate and junk, which is GOLD to them!
Anyway, back to spring and birdbaths and planning ahead, I have a BIRD BATH DIY to share with you today!
For several years I’ve wanted to get a bird bath for our backyard, but when it comes right down to it I don’t want to spend the money on the ones I like, because, of course, I like the pricey ones. Duh, right? Who doesn’t?!
Thinkin’, thinkin’ thinkin’
I’d been using this flower pot/planter for several years, tucked in the landscaping as I like to do, ~
When we moved to this house (only 10 years ago…) for some reason that I don’t recall, nor do I understand, we took some things to my mom’s house. Late last summer we finally got around to getting our belongings out of her basement, and there was the rest of the pot!
This is what it’s supposed to look like ~
Pretty neat, huh? My mother gave it to me years ago (certainly more than 10!! Right?) and I was happy to have it again. It looks beautiful when the flowers are full and robust. I’d always wanted to paint it, so as I was debating what to plant in it,
(BTW, that’s a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes, per Wikipedia…just a little trivia)
I could transplant the flowers to the bottom, larger bowl, and use the smaller top one as a bird bath!
First,and I transplanted what I’d had in the smaller bowl to the bottom bowl.
Steps for making your bird bath:
Step 1: Paint the bowls/flower pot(s) you’re going to use.
- Since my bowls are plastic, I used a spray paint for plastic, (I think it was by Krylon. Sorry, no pictures of that step.)
Step 2: Make it leakproof ~
- Out came the good ole duct tape, applied to the OUTSIDE of the pot, over the drainage holes.
- To the INSIDE drainage holes I applied E6000—around the rim of the holes and all over the tape itself.
Step 3: Turn it over, fill it with water, and sit back and enjoy the visitors to your backyard!! Really, that’s all there is to it!
And here’s the finished product!! ~
Are you wondering why I’m not showing you the bird bath with the water in it? I sure am!! Just plain forgot to take pictures—that happens, you know? As it turns out the pot was a little big for birdies, and I didn’t want birdies drowning in my bird bath! Since the bowl has ridges on the inside, I set a large flowerpot saucer in it, which is less deep, and the lip gives them a place to rest.
There you have it! A quick, easy bird bath. All it took was 10+ years to get all the pieces back together!
As it turns out, I’m very happy with our new bird bath. I like that it’s unique, and I like the flowers as part of the bird bath. But mostly, I like the visitors it brings to our yard. :)
There are so many homemade bird baths out there—are any of them your creations? This one sure was simple to make, so if you want to replicate it, keep an eye out for a tiered planter. Hey, it’s almost garage-sale season—who knows? It might be right around the corner from you! Good luck!!
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