DIY Bird Bath From Repurposed Vase and Plate

This bird bath project just doesn’t get any easier! This repurposed vase and plate were the perfect second-hand finds and easily transformed into a beautiful and functional patio element.
I spotted the vase in a corner of a thrift shop, obscured by a variety of other items. As soon as I saw it I fell in the love the shimmering purples, pinks and greens of the mosaic design and immediately knew it would make an ideal stand for a bird bath if it was inverted with the base up. With that thought in mind, I turned my attention to the shelves stacked with dinnerware and serving bowls and there it was – a large purple circular serving plate; the perfect color and size with a wonderful texture on the underside that looked like water drops. It was simply meant to be!
I applied a glass adhesive available in any hardware or craft store and for under $12.00 including the cost of the glue I was able to create a unique and colorful addition to my deck that is both beautiful and functional.

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Starr Durrant

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  • Donna Addams
    on Jul 8, 2017

    What kind of glue and where can you buy it
  • Liz R.
    on Jan 4, 2019

    Seems like it would be really short? Is it used on a table top? Is that a taller than normal vase or is that one of those vases you can put in the corner of a room for cattails and like items? I really like this idea!

    • Starr Durrant
      on Jan 5, 2019

      Hi Liz - It's about 22" tall - a great height and seems to attract a lot of butterflies as well.

  • Meemee2
    on Jun 18, 2019

    I love this, but is the vase painted? I have used vases outside and either the sun has cracked, faded and peeled the beautiful colors or the rain has destroyed the beautiful jewel tones. Did you use something to protect the vase.

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  • P
    on Sep 4, 2019

    It is gorgeous! 2 ways to keep mosquitoes from breeding in it: hang a widchime over it & let end of windchime flapper brush the water - and/or put pennies or copper in bottom - copper prevents their eggs from hatching!

  • Shirley Stokes
    on Jul 31, 2020

    Beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing.

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