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- Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 11:05
- Written by Jeanne Slaughter
Call it what you want: upcycled, recycled or repurposed. Any way you put it, if you can follow directions, you can have birds splashing in your creative homemade birdbath in no time.
Creating your bird bath requires two main materials: a base and a basin. Other materials can include: silicone for sealing, spray paint, decorative objects like painted stones, glass marbles, ceramic figurines for inside the bath and branches as a type of perch.
There are several base ideas on Pinterest using old lamps, terra cotta pots turned upside down, a forgotten stepstool, 3-4 broom handles, various pipes and vintage wrought iron patio chairs (aka ice cream chairs) with the basin in the seat. You can also set a basin on top of stackable concrete pavers or slate, concrete cinderblocks and bricks, used inside and outside umbrella stands as well as a tree stump. I’ve even seen an old pedestal sink and basin placed outside for the birds. Mirror and all! Whatever basin you decide, make sure it’s rust proof.
For the basin, aim for objects with low sloping margins. Ideas: painted plates, old bowls, even plain old galvanized trash can lids held down by a brick or figurine work. More ideas include a dollar store serving dish, bundt cake pan, chip-and-dip trays, ceiling light covers, platters and frying pans.
Think puddle. Add just enough water for the birds to splash in and change it frequently.
You’ll find all these Birdbath ideas with instructions and more on our Patio & Garden board on Pinterest.
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