With spring in the air, it’s difficult to not be thinking about spending time outdoors, admiring nature. A backyard garden full of flowers helps to draw in birds, which increases your outdoor enjoyment.
It is fun to watch birds flit from tree to tree and preen in a beautiful bird bath.
Bird baths provide wild birds with fresh water and a safe place to bathe and drink. They need water to groom their feathers regularly and keep them in excellent condition.
The following 14 bird baths are creative and inexpensive ideas to provide your backyard friends with fresh water for drinking and bathing.
1. PVC Mister Bird Bath
Hummingbirds are small and have a difficult time using a traditional bird bath. That is why this bird bath, by Birds and Bloom is so unique and creative. This mister bird bath provides a mist spray for hummingbirds to fly through.
A five gallon container holds the water and a submersible pump pumps it through the plumbing pipe so it can mist. The hummingbirds can easily fly through the mist and unused water falls back into the container to be reused, reducing water waste.
2. Upcycled Wire Plant Stand Bird Bath with Light Cover
If you have an old wire plant stand and lighting fixtures in your garage that you no longer use, this bird bath idea from the D.I. Y Channel on YouTube is perfect for you.
An old wire plant stand is painted and once it is dry, a cover from an old lighting fixture is set on top. Plug the hole in the bottom of the light cover with silicone caulk to keep water in and you will have a great recycled bird bath.
3. Freestanding Leaf Bird Bath
Another great idea from the people at Birds and Bloom is this adorable leaf bird bath that uses a hosta leaf to form the bath. A mix of sand, Portland cement, and concrete fortifier make this a durable freestanding bird bath.
The mixture is mixed and added in layers to the back of the leaf until it is one-half inch to one inch thick. It is allowed to dry slowly for a day or two, then cures for one week. After drying out completely, it is then painted or sealed.
4. Simple Ikea Hack Bird Bath
There’s an Ikea hack for almost everything these days and your garden in no exception. In this tutorial from Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff, she paints inexpensive dowel rods and uses them as a stand for this simple, classy bird bath.
The dish she uses for the bowl of the bird bath is an organic candle plate from Ikea. It makes the perfect focal point for this shallow bird bath and doesn’t detract from the beauty of your garden.
5. Tea Party Bird Bath and Feeder
This adorable tea cup and saucer bird bath and feeder from Intimate Weddings is a perfect, decorative addition to a garden with limited space.
In this tutorial they use antique tea cups and saucers and glue them together using epoxy. Copper plumbing pipe is then attached to the bottom of the saucer.
This idea is a great way to provide birds with water in your garden and add a decorative element to your flower garden. This is a great way to repurpose old teacups and help birds in your yard.
6. Upcycled Lawn Chair Bird Bath
If you have an old iron or wire law chair without a seat, you are in luck. Melissa of Daisy Mae Belle created a beautiful bird bath by setting a garden pot saucer in place of where the seat would have been.
The result is a sturdy, durable bird bath that can last for many years and provides an excellent shallow bathing spot for wild birds in your garden. If you want to bring a pop of color to your garden, you can paint the chair or saucer a vibrant color.
7. Keepsake Garden Pot Bird Bath
In Lieu of Preschool created this cute keepsake bird bath. After gluing the pots used for the base of the birdbath together with indoor/outdoor caulk and painting them with a base color, the kids helped decorate the pieces.
The kids also added their hand prints to the bath basin. Once all of the pieces were dry, polyurethane was used to give the birdbath a durable finish. The bird bath was assembled and stabilized on a stake driven into the ground for more stability.
8. River Rock Fountain Bird Bath
This unique bird bath on Daily Kos is designed using simple, inexpensive, and free items. The designer used a 15 gallon plastic drum as the foundation of the bird bath.
It also contains the water needed for the fountain. A terracotta saucer was used as the base and another for the basin.
The water from the bucket is then piped up through a pot and saucer to create a gentle fountain bird bath. River rocks are stacked along the exterior of the drum to conceal the bucket beneath.
9. Hanging Bird Bath
Lowe’s Home Improvement has created this simple hanging bird bath that can hang from a porch or a tree. It combines a hanging basket with a clay saucer to accomplish its purpose.
A small clay pot is placed upside down in a hanging basket with liner. Dirt is filled around the pot, leaving the bottom of the pot exposed. Plants are added around the edges and the saucer is set in the middle, on top of the clay pot.
10. Seasonal Serving Bowl Bird Bath
This beautiful and functional birdbath was designed by Skaie Knox of Home Jelly. It uses a seasonal serving bowl as the basin of the bird bath and a table leg for the stand.
First, she pre-drilled a hole in the leg and attached a piece of scrap wood to the top of the leg. The scrap wood is then glued with liquid nails to the serving bowl. To ensure it is secure, a screw is driven through the serving bowl into the the scrap wood.
11. Upcycled Glass Bird
This super simple and beautiful bird bath would be a great addition to any garden. A simple glass vase and pie dish are used to create this bird bath by ddgandme on YouTube.
In order to stabilize the vase and add color to the project, she used glass pebbles in the vase before adding the pie plate as the basin of this bird bath. She also painted the glass to add more color to this simple, yet functional design.
12. Recycled Satellite Dish Bird Bath
This is a great idea to use on an old satellite dish that you may have in your yard, on your house, or tucked away in the garage. The bowl shape of the satellite dish is perfect for a shallow bird bath. The Dabbling Crafter makes this simple idea work.
First, the old plastic receiver and any unneeded pieces are removed. Then the satellite dish is painted and attached to a tree. An optional water bottle with a pin hole is added over the dish to create drips that attract wild birds.
13. Colorful Plate and PVC Pipe Bird Bath
There are so many uses for PVC and steel piping. This project uses this plumbing pipe as a stand for a painted dish, which is used as the shallow bowl of the bird bath. HGTV brings us this attractive garden craft tutorial.
In this tutorial, a pipe fitting is glued to the bottom of the plate or shallow bowl and allowed to drive. The pipe is driven into the ground and the plate or bowl is set atop the pipe.
14. Clay Pot Planter and Bird Bath Combo
This creative bird bath from Home Stories A to Z uses clay pots stacked atop rebar at alternating angles. The rebar is cut and driven into the ground.
The painted pots are then stacked using the drain hole at the bottom of the pot over the rebar. Dirt and plants are then added to the pots. Finally, a bowl is added to the top pot and filled with water.
Time To Show Your Backyard Birds Some Love!
We hope that you have enjoyed these bird bath tutorials. You are guaranteed to find one, if not several, that you can use to create a suitable bird bath for your garden and the wild birds that enjoy it.
Once you have chosen the one that works best for you, the tutorials above will guide you through each step. If you want to add your own spin to the design, go ahead. That’s the beautify of creating your own DIY bird bath.