Stacked Stone Bird Baths

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Stone leftover from another project and three galvanized trash can lids become a bird bath grouping! Another of my "use what you have" ventures. More pictures and directions on

Stone leftover from another project and three galvanized trash can lids become a bird bath grouping! Another of my "use what you have" ventures! More pictures and directions at
Start by building a base. Add one level at a time while keeping it fairly level. This takes a few tries to keep it level and sturdy.
When the stacked stone is the height desired, add the galvanized lid. One down and two more to go!
The lids I had were different sizes so I made the bases larger or smaller to fit the lid. Also vary the heights to add interest.
Here's the tallest one filled and ready for customers!
Save out some stone to put in the top of each lid as a landing place for birds, to keep the lid in place if a larger bird or squirrel comes calling and for looks!

Suggested materials:

  • Trash can lids  (in the garage)
  • Blue rock stone  (leftover from a project)

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Barb Rosen

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  • Bernice H
    Bernice H
    on Oct 18, 2016

    Hi barb! I love this idea. How often do you clean/ change the water? I have never had a bird bath. Interestingly, I have hummer feeders-the big birds also like the sugar water,so I had to enlarge some of the holes so they could drink also. Everyone gets along!

    • Barb Rosen
      Barb Rosen
      on Sep 24, 2017

      I find that changing the water everyday keeps algae from forming and I just swish it out with an old sponge once a week or so, too.

  • A
    on Jul 17, 2017

    Greetings- love the birdbaths! Can you kindly share the source for bird statues? Thanks.

    • Kelichko
      on Jan 16, 2019

      I have quite a few of these bird statues,and got everyone one of them at one $1store of another. Check Dollar General,Everything $1,, most of those types of stores have em. Hope that helps!

  • Andres
    on Jun 24, 2020

    This is so great!

    How do you make them stick to each other? Isn't there a risk a bird comes and tumbles the entire structure?

    • Barb Rosen
      Barb Rosen
      on Jun 30, 2020

      If you stack the stones carefully and place a stone in the middle of the birdbath, it is quite sturdy, Andres. Mine have been in place for years and only one was knocked over - not by a bird, but a fox!

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  • Susan Bellwood
    Susan Bellwood
    on Jul 24, 2016

    I love this idea, birdbaths are so expensive at the garden centers. You could have as many as you like. I know the birds appreciate it!

    • Barb Rosen
      Barb Rosen
      on Jul 24, 2016

      They have loved ours, Susan! Just make sure that metal birdbaths are kept in the shade! Have fun! : )

  • Liz Mazzie- Branca
    Liz Mazzie- Branca
    on Apr 18, 2017

    I will be TOTALLY "borrowing" this idea!
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