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Easy Bird Bath Ideas & Tips

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I love to find easy ideas to DIY for my patio. Like bird baths upcycled from things around my home. I’ve found DIY bird baths from various sources for you to consider making.

I bought a solar bird bath from Wayfair a couple of years ago. But now there’s a crack inside it, so I’m using a plant saucer setting inside the bird bath. And believe me, I have birds drinking and bathing in it all day long!

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This is a great idea using a glass lid and chain. A simple and cheap way to create a hanging bird bath.

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It doesn’t get much easier than trash can lids turned upside down on stones.

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Have an old chair sitting around? Measure the seat and see if you can find a plant pot saucer to fit on top and you’ve got an instant bird bath.

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This one is just a terra cotta pot saucer on a tomato cage.

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This one is a little more work. Check out the link below the photo.

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This DIY bird bath has a few steps to it. But the result looks pretty snazzy.

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This bird bath is comprised of terra cotta painted and given a decorative nautical touch. If  you decide to paint the bird bath, make sure the paint is non-toxic.

Now let’s go over what the yard birds actually need:

1. You don’t want a bird bath that is more than a few inches deep. That way they can safely bathe.

2. Be sure that whatever you decide to use is easy for you to clean, as you want to keep bacteria away from the birds.

3. Add rocks for birds to perch on so they don’t get wet unless they are bathing.

4. If possible locate your bird bath in a shady area.

5. It’s best to locate your bird bath away from shrubs where cats could be hiding.

6. Keep the bird bath clean and the water fresh.

I love to watch the yard birds. I no longer have tall trees to provide shade, but the birds do not seem deterred. I have my bird bath on the patio where I can watch from my living room and easily take photos.

You likely have all kinds of things around your home that you could turn into a bird bath. Anything that holds water and isn’t very deep will suffice. You could also look for items to use on your next trip to your local thrift store.

The yard birds will be very appreciative of your efforts and you’ll enjoy watching them.

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8 Comments

  1. Great ideas; I am using a plain terra cotta saucer right now but I would like to make something a little more decorative (and I would like to add a birdbath to the front yard as well as in the backyard). Thanks for all of the ideas (so clever, economical, and attractive).

  2. Brenda what a great post! Two reasons, lol!
    1) I had a turtle sandbox / used for the grands until the out grew it….then I thought to dump stuff in it to make compost. The lid is a bit caved in on the top so whenever it rains, water pools there and the birds use it as a birdbath!
    2) Koopa-dog crashed in to my REAL birdbath out running last fall and broke it but I saved the top …I think that I can just lay the top next to my flowers or tomatoes or something for when we have a drought and they need water
    Love the other ideas ! 🙂

  3. Great ideas though what I really like are the many varieties of birds you attract. Living in orange county .ca I don’t see much variety; mostly sparrows and the many hummingbirds that come to my feeders. Although our downtown historic area is inundated with large green parrots. The story is that 100 or so years ago someone let some parrots loose, they stayed, multiplied and now the trees are full of them. It’s quite the sight when hundreds will fly out of the trees at once and boy can they squawk

  4. So many great ideas! I have a bird bath but I did not know I was supposed to put a rock in it for the birds to perch on. As soon as I finish this comment I will be doing this! I als think I am going to make another birth bath closer to my window using one of these ideas so I can watch them drink and take a bath.

    I hope that you are enjoying a little Spring weather.

  5. Love the idea with the glass lid and the garbage can lids. I haven’t had much luck–so far–with bird baths. I’ll be trying some of these.