DIY Rustic Birdbaths | Living the Country Life

DIY Rustic Birdbaths

Vintage finds and natural elements star in these creative projects that make backyard birds feel right at home.
  • Textured Sparkle Basin

    The best birdbaths have a rough surface (stone or concrete) and a gradual slope to allow birds sure footing as they wade. For this basin, excavate a bowl shape in dirt, line with sand. Add quick-setting concrete, mold to shape, and press recycled glass bits in the surface before it begins to set (about 10 minutes). Spritz with water and cover with sheet plastic for three to seven days to cure.

    Date Published: June 21, 2017
    Date Updated: July 5, 2017
  • Simple Saucer Bath

    Make a small birdbath in minutes by stacking a large earthenware saucer on a clay chimney flue liner. Flue liners are inexpensive and can be found at chimney suppliers or repair shops. When you’re shopping for saucers, keep in mind that while unglazed terra-cotta basins create a unified look with the chimney liner, those saucers are harder to clean (we used a glazed, 18-inch-diameter saucer).

    Date Published: June 21, 2017
    Date Updated: July 5, 2017
  • Stump Birdbath

    Level the ends of a stump with a chain saw. Wrap 4-inchwide metal flashing around the bottom and cut with tin snips; repeat at the top. Secure the flashing with wood screws fitted with two washers. Drill a hole in the center of a galvanized barrel top; attach to the stump with an 8-inch wood screw and seal around the screw with silicone. Screw metal handles to the stump.

    Date Published: June 21, 2017
    Date Updated: July 5, 2017
  • Grapevine Birdbath

    Suspend an ordinary grapevine wreath from a strong branch for an easy-access wading pool. Tuck twigs in the purchased wreath to enhance its natural look. Use three loops of copper wire to hang the wreath, linking them to a large S hook. Fit a shallow copper dish into your wreath and fill with water.

    Date Published: June 21, 2017
    Date Updated: July 5, 2017
  • Tomato Cage Birdbath

    Not only is this birdbath quick to assemble, but it forms the trellis for vining annual flowers. Use a colorful, heavy-duty tomato cage and a wide plastic pot saucer. Plant the annual vines, we used two black-eyed Susan vines, and place the tomato cage over the vines, pushing it into the soil all the way to the cage’s bottom rung and keeping the cage level and straight. Place the saucer on top of the cage and fill it with 1-2 inches of water. Water the vines and wind them around the wires to train them upward.

    Date Published: June 21, 2017
    Date Updated: July 5, 2017

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