Hot days mean our bird friends turn to DIY bird baths to survive. Welcome them to your home with one of these baths you can make on a budget?
9 Budget-Friendly DIY Bird Bath Ideas
1. Stacked Teapot Bird Bath
Create a memorable bird bath using all those mismatched teapots and tea sets lying at the back of your cabinet. Be creative with how you stack your pots and plates, but make sure you start with a stable base so that it doesn’t fall over itself.
2. Repurposed Lamp Bird Bath
Old, outdated lamps can get a new lease of life out in the garden. Just cut off the lamp’s power cord and replace the lampshade with a bundt cake tray, a lazy Susan, or even a chip dip plate. It’s that simple!
3. Stones and Trash Can Lid Bird Bath
Sometimes, all you need to make a great birdbath can be found in your own garden. Get as many stones as you can and start stacking them up until you reach your desired height.
Then, take a trash can lid and flip it over to serve as your bath basin.
Tip: You can secure the stones with some landscape adhesive or stack a smaller stone on top for extra stability.
4. Branched Out DIY Bird Bath
Save up some twigs lying around in your garden (or ask your neighbor for some if you just cleaned up) and hammer them deep into the ground before placing a small bowl on top. Make sure your twigs are deep in the dirt so larger birds like pigeons can’t knock them over.
5. Mosaic Bird Bath
Maybe you have an old bird bath and all it needs is a touch of color for it to be like new again? You can use some glass gems and some steppingstone mix to restore old, worn-down concrete to its new form.
6. Tomato Cage Bird Bath
Green thumbs know that tomato cages can withstand strong elements, so this bird bath will surely handle even the largest of birds. The good news is that because the water basin is removable, you can just take it out when it’s time to clean it.
You can get tomato cages with adjustable rings for easier installation.
7. Recycled Chair Bird Bath
A chair without a seat doesn’t have to end up sitting in a dark, dingy garage. Just find a saucer as big as the hole the chair left and slot it in the frame. Watch as the birds flock and perch on the backrest after taking a short dip.
8. Serving Bowl DIY Bird Bath
Glass serving bowls have the perfect size and shape for a nice bird bath. This one also uses an old table leg for something both elegant and whimsical.
Tip: Add some copper in your water basin or use a copper bowl instead if you keep running into problems with algae during the hot weather. Copper is a power algaecide so your water will stay clear all throughout.
9. Bathroom Sink Bird Bath
This is a great way to repurpose an old sink that would otherwise end up in the trash. Use a PVC pipe to mount the sink and secure it to a sturdy tree. Don’t forget to plug the drain too, otherwise, you’ll end up with a flood.
Watch this video from Andrea Lutz for her own version of a DIY bird bath and fountain in one:
You will never go wrong with any of these DIY bird baths. These ideas show that even with the things you have lying around your house, you can create something magical and refreshing your feathered friends will enjoy.
How do you ensure your birds keep cool during the summer? Share your tips in the comments section below!
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