I love having birds in the gardens. It’s so much fun to watch them bathing in birdbaths, and it’s really quite easy to DIY a birdbath using some inexpensive thrift store finds.
I started with this carved wooden vase that I found at my local thrift store for $1. I really liked the bones of it but I didn’t like the two toned wood.
I thought it would look fabulous painted.
I spray painted the vase with 3 thin coats of a nice bright yellow.
It wasn’t until after it was painted that I decided I would make it into a birdbath. I’m using the decorative ceramic bowl on the right as the water basin. I got it at a garage sale years ago for 25 cents. I went back to the same thrift store where I bought the vase to find something to give it a little more height and I found the small ceramic bowl on the left for 50 cents.
Here’s the small bowl turned upside down and glued to the bottom of the vase with 527 contact cement. I didn’t paint before glueing because I thought maybe the paint would get in the way of the adhesion. I could be wrong though. I let it sit for several hours before painting the bottom.
I gave it two spray coats of a Tremclad urethane and then I attached the decorative bowl to the top with the same 527 contact cement.
And here it is all put together. Adding that extra bowl to the bottom really made all the difference. Now it’s about 2 ft high.
Here’s 2 views of it in the garden.
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