How To Make A Recycled Birdbath?

By Rebekah Pierce

Are you looking for a fun and easy project that will also help the environment? Why not make a recycled birdbath! This is a great activity for children, and it’s simple enough that anyone can do it. All you need are some basic supplies and a little bit of creativity. So get started today, and enjoy watching the birds flock to your backyard sanctuary!

What Can Be Used To Make A Birdbath?

Birdbaths are essential for beautiful backyard landscapes. Put a birdbath in your backyard and you’ll enjoy watching your new feathered friends flock to it to splash around day in and day out. 

You can use so many different types of recycled materials to make your own birdbath. 

Some examples include:

  • Old dishes and flower pots
  • Terracotta planters
  • Tomato cages
  • Wood stumps 
  • Old chairs
  • Chipped platters 
  • Old sinks and bathtubs

…and much more! 

Before you dive into your “upcycling project,” check out this video with some information on why you should build a birdbath in the first place:

How Do You Make A Birdbath At Home?

Birdbaths are essential for just about any bird-friendly landscape. There are all kinds of different birdbaths you can buy – but there are even more ways you can create your own with recycled, repurposed, or upcycled materials.

Ready to make your own birdbath? Here are some tips to help you be successful. 

Terra Cotta Birdbath

If you have any old clay pots lying around, you can make an easy topsy turvy tower that serves as the perfect birdbath. 

Here are some tips on how to do it. 

Make A Glassware Pedestal Birdbath

Do you have any old glassware lying around? You can stack them and glue them together, then top them with an old platter for an elegant, yet understated, birdbath that’s also eco-friendly.

You can do the same with old dishes and drinkware like mismatched cups, saucers, and teapots. You can paint the display for added flair. 

You can use your own mismatched crockery for this or visit a thrift store or yard sale for the perfect artistic find.

Not sure how to get started? Check out this helpful video tutorial for more information:

Stacked Stone Birdbaths

If you’ve recently done some yard work and just aren’t sure where or how to get rid of all those stones you have lying around, making a birdbath out of stacked stones is a great option. You can use galvanized trash can lids as the basins – no worries if they’re a bit dented or misused!

Put some stones inside the basin so the birds have room to perch (and to prevent the lids from blowing around in a gusty wind).

Make A Hanging Birdbath

Do you have some old glass lids you want to get rid of? You can make a hanging birdbath that will not only put these items to good use, but will also give birds a safe place to catch a drink.

You can hang your birdbath beneath a large tree branch or even from an awning or a balcony. Use a chain to hang the birdbath for added stability – and know that you can use other recycled materials (like cake pans or metal lids) for this craft, too.

Tomato Cage Birdbath

A tomato cage birdbath is the perfect choice for a vegetable garden! The wire on the cage will provide a simple pedestal, so all you need to do is stick the legs of the cage into the ground and find something to use for a basin (like an old bowl or serving dish). 

You can trim the cage to any height or put multiple trays at different levels for even more character. 

Stepladder Birdbath

Do you have an old step stool or step ladder laying around? Consider making a DIY birdbath. All you have to do is paint a ladder in a bold color, then top it with a large saucer or serving tray. 

Brick Birdbath

This one requires a bit more work, if you want the birdbath to be stable, since you’ll have to adhere the bricks together. Otherwise, they might topple over.

However, if you have been trying to figure out what to do with old masonry you have lying around, this craft is the perfect choice. Just stack the bricks into a pillar and you’ll have a sturdy DIY base for a birdbath that just needs the addition of a tray or bowl for a water basin. How simple is that?

How Do You Make An In-Ground Birdbath?

You can even make an in-ground birdbath out of recycled materials. For this project, you’ll get the best results with something that’s hollow and concave, as well as relatively shallow (like an old cake pan). 

Dig a hole or trench in the ground. Then, insert the pan in the hole. Fill it with water and add a few large pebbles or a flat rock to give the birds a place to perch.

When you’re choosing the site, make sure it’s level. 

How Do You Make A Birdbath Out Of An Old Sink?

You can even make a birdbath out of an old sink! To do this, you will need to place a drain plug over the hole in the bottom of the basin. 

Then,add some decorative rocks or seashells to the basin. This will give the birds a place to stand while they drink and also help them judge the depth of the basin. 

You can even add plants around the base of your sink birdbath – consider growing a shrub around the bottom of your sink, which you can then mount to a post or a tree.  

Make Your Own DIY Birdbath Today

If you want to make a recycled birdbath, try one of these tips. You can use items you have around your house or yard to create a beautiful and functional birdbath for your feathered friends. With just a little bit of effort, you can provide a valuable resource for local birds while also reducing the amount of waste going into landfills.

What will you use to make your recycled birdbath?

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