Linda M
Linda M
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  • Dixon, IL
Asked on Jul 11, 2012

Concrete bird bath

Ella Frierson BondCarmenKim Kilmer
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I broke the top of my concrete bird bath. I'm left with the base which has a squirrel on it. Any ideas for repurposing it?
17 answers
  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 11, 2012

    Linda M, is the top of birdbath large enough to hold a small/medium pot? If so you could put plants in a pot above what sounds like a very nice base with a squirrel.

  • Linda M
    on Jul 11, 2012

    I thought about plants but I am more of a perrenial type flower person.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 11, 2012

    You can put perennials in the pots. Annuals only last a season. Perennials last at least a couple years and some for a long, long time.

  • Lori J
    on Jul 12, 2012

    I have one that I topped with a gazing ball.

  • Dee W
    on Jul 12, 2012

    If you need a purpose for the stand it depends on if it is flat or has a raised center. If it is flat you could use it as a table/stand on the patio by adding a wood or glass top. Keep in proportion to avoid tipping. If it is raised a potted plant perhaps or a plant saucer filled with some succulents or water if you still wanted to use it for the birds.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 12, 2012

    If you can affix a flat surface to the base, you could turn it into a plant stand, as this Hometalk member did: http://www.hometalk.com/search?filter=bird+bath+plant+stand&search=&zipcode=#!/441429

  • Kathy R
    on Jul 12, 2012

    Home Depot or Lowes sells the bases and bowls separately.

  • Lori J
    on Jul 12, 2012

    Indeed they do, Kathy R., but (speaking from personal experience) the way they fit together is so different from one to another, that making a mismatch match is much more of a challenge.

  • Wendy B
    on Jul 13, 2012

    can't wait to see what you have chosen to do with it!

  • Sherry L
    on Jul 13, 2012

    I like the idea of a glass table top. Then it can be a table for the patio or a plant stand.

  • Sharon M
    on Jul 13, 2012

    We have had glass tables flip in the wind and shatter into a million pieces. I would look for something unbreakable if you want a table. Glass and the outdoors don't seem to mix unless you don't get wind gusts.

  • Julee S
    on Jul 13, 2012

    1) You could paint the concrete base with latex stain and then attach (with HD construction adhesive) a painted round wooden top to it. 2) You could attach an interesting concrete, ceramic or resin statue to it to make it a garden sculpture 3) You could make a glass tower sculpture on top if it out of old plates, bowls and old glassware. Just a couple of thoughts...

  • Jane
    on Feb 15, 2015

    I had the same problem, plus I am lazy. I attached a big blue pot to the pedestal by using landscaping staples pushed through the dirt into the hole on the top. Every year I buy a hanging plant, cut off the hanging part and stick it into the pot. Looks great, and takes no effort.

  • Rachel
    on Jun 29, 2015

    you can buy a new top at lowes if you wanted to or get a fancy bowl and adhere to the base

  • Kim Kilmer
    on Jun 29, 2015

    When mine broke, I bought a large clay saucer you would use under a patio pot and used silicone to attach it. Still functions as a bird bath...........

  • Carmen
    on Jul 29, 2015

    Like Kim said a large clay saucer and they mosaic beautifully. I use small glass tiles from Menards.

  • Ella Frierson Bond
    on Mar 3, 2018

    I just thought of this. I have a base and I think I will paint it black and put a big, black lantern on it for the patio area. Either a candle or an electric fixture inside.
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