Melissa Mayntz is a writer and a birder, with years of experience birding at the state, national, and international level. Melissa has been writing about birding and wild birds for The Spruce and other print and online publications for more than a decade and has been birding for more than 30 years.
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Updated on 11/02/21
Birdbaths are essential for every bird-friendly landscape. While there are many different types of birdbaths you can buy, there are even more ways to create your own bath with upcycled, recycled, or repurposed materials, no matter what your level of crafting skill. These 10 creative projects offer plenty of opportunities for creativity and personalization while still providing water to your favorite backyard birds in fun and imaginative ways.
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There are many ways to use clay pots to make DIY bird baths, from simple towers to creative stacking, but this topsy turvy design is one of the most fun and whimsical options. Bold colors make the project pop, and the tipped pots make perfect planters for flowers, herbs, ferns, or other greenery. Add flowers for hummingbirds or seed-bearing flowers to attract even more birds.
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Pedestal birdbaths are popular designs, but your pedestal doesn’t have to be boring or plain. Recycling glassware is a great option for a birdbath with extra sparkle and flair, and who doesn’t have old vases, platters, and plates gathering dust in a cupboard or piling up at a thrift store? Put them to good use by creating a birdbath that will add vintage style to the yard.
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Add storybook whimsy to the garden and invite birds to a tea party with this teapot bird bath stack. Mismatched cups, saucers, and teapots can blend together with a coat of paint, creating a memorable and fun design that is a great companion to a teapot birdhouse. Use your own miscellaneous crockery or visit thrift stores or yard sales for a wide variety of choices to turn into a DIY birdbath.
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This stacked birdbath allows you to express your creativity with different colors and by filling the stacked vases with a variety of items. Try pebbles, marbles, colored gravel, seashells, colored sand, yarn scraps, tumbled rocks, or any other fun fillers for unique colors and textures. The wood slice separators give the project consistency as well as good stability.
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The rustic look of this simple stone stack will add structure and an easy water feature in more natural gardens. Galvanized trash can lids are perfect for bird bath basins, and if the lids are a bit bumped and dented, so much the better for a weathered look. Stones added inside the basin give birds more perching space and keep the lids sturdily in place.
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Hanging birdbaths are a great choice for hanging below balconies, from awnings, or from large tree branches, and this easy glass lid bath is a simple but perfect project to attract birds with water. The chain adds durability and stability to hang the bath, but the lid can easily be removed to wash (even in the dishwasher) when it is time to clean the birdbath.
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Dollar stores and thrift stores have a wide variety of colorful serving bowls and platters that can make stunning birdbaths. This project adds even more custom flair with a carved table leg (recycled, of course) as the pedestal, complete with a stable platform to be sure the birdbath can support all its feathered visitors without tilting or tipping.
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Turning an old lamp into a DIY birdbath is one bright idea, and you don’t need an electrician’s license to do it. What you do need is an old, ornate lamp you’d find at a thrift store, resale shop, or yard sale, and your favorite paint color to give it some pop. Add a crystal basin or other bowl for the water, and your birds will love the opportunity for an elegant bath.
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Add a birdbath to your vegetable garden or anywhere you want birds to make a splash with a simple tomato cage birdbath. The sturdy wire of the cage provides an easy pedestal for the clay saucer basin. The cage could be trimmed to any height, or you can make multiple baths at different heights to add even more water and character to the garden.
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Perhaps you already have a heavy concrete birdbath that is showing its age with chips, nicks, or cracks. Give it new glamour with a simple coat of concrete and glittery jewels, with a smaller colorful basin in the middle for a fun focal point. You can even leave the smaller basin loose in the bath so it can be removed for easy cleaning whenever needed.
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Introducing myself as a birding enthusiast and expert
As a birding enthusiast and expert, I have spent countless hours observing and studying wild birds in various settings, from local parks to national forests and even international birding hotspots. I have honed my birding skills over the course of more than 30 years and have developed a deep understanding of bird behavior, habitats, and conservation.
I have also been actively involved in writing about birding and wild birds, sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. My work has been published in reputable print and online publications, including The Spruce, where I have been contributing for over a decade. Through my writing, I strive to educate and inspire others to appreciate and protect our avian friends.
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The article you mentioned, "Gardening Wild Birds" by Melissa Mayntz, provides creative ideas for DIY bird baths using upcycled, recycled, or repurposed materials. Let's explore the concepts used in the article:
Birdbaths: Birdbaths are essential for creating a bird-friendly landscape. They provide a water source for birds to drink and bathe, attracting a variety of species to your backyard.
DIY bird baths: The article emphasizes the idea of creating your own bird baths using various materials. This allows for personalization and creativity while still serving the purpose of providing water for birds. DIY bird baths can be made from clay pots, recycled glassware, teapots, stacked vases, stacked stones, glass lids, serving dishes, repurposed lamps, tomato cages, and even concrete.
Upcycled, recycled, or repurposed materials: The article encourages the use of materials that may be lying around or can be sourced from thrift stores, such as old vases, platters, plates, teapots, crockery, and even discarded lamps. By repurposing these items, you can create unique and attractive bird baths.
Creative projects: The article showcases 10 creative DIY projects that allow for personalization and imagination. These projects range from topsy-turvy clay pot designs to vintage glassware birdbaths, teapot bird baths, stacked vases with various fillers, stacked stone birdbaths, glass lid hanging birdbaths, serving dish birdbaths, repurposed lamp birdbaths, tomato cage birdbaths, and jeweled concrete bird baths.
By incorporating these concepts into your gardening practices, you can create a bird-friendly environment that not only provides essential water sources but also adds beauty and charm to your backyard.