Monday, May 24, 2010

My Homemade Bird Bath

I've been looking around at the stores for a bird bath to put next to my patio.
My brother just put a really nice one in his backyard and I got to thinking I'd like to have one, but didn't want to pay a lot of money and I've noticed that they can get pretty expensive. My brother lucked out with his. He works at an Ace Hardware up in Paradise, CA and someone bought one and then brought it back claiming that it leaked. The store policy is that if something is returned, the employees can have the item free of charge if it is "damaged". My brother tested it and it did leak a little, but he asked for it and the store gave it to him. He got some sealant and fixed the leak and now he has a nice $80 bird bath for free.
Anyway, I decided to "create" a bird bath out of material I already had and a few items I purchased at Big Lots for about $6.
I bought a white "wire" plant stand and a terracotta vinyl planter saucer. I already had two terracotta vinyl pots, one slightly larger than the other. The larger of the two, when turned upside down, fit perfectly into the top of the plant stand. It "clicked" into place so it won't blow out if it gets windy.
I pushed the legs of the plant stand into the ground about 3" to 4" and leveled it.
I glued the terracotta vinyl saucer to the smaller of the two pots with silicone waterproof adhesive, then slid the smaller pot over the larger pot. I did not glue the two pots together so I will be able to lift the smaller pot with the saucer attached off for cleaning when need be.
Here are some photos of my bird bath creation. It's not professional, but I think it will do the trick.

1 comment:

  1. It WILL work Kay. I did one similar to this with the base of an old birdbath. The bear broke the water dish so I improvised, got a terra cotta replica (plastic), painted the inside with blue paint and some faux rocks and flower blossoms, sealed it with a water resistant sealant and waalaa, a new bird bath. I love the bowl of yours. I have never seen such a nicely decorated one around here...but then, I am where we have to travel 45 min. to the nearest WalMart....


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