DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath

5 Materials
1 Hour

I needed a small bird bath that would withstand the Florida sun and heat. Not easy to find. So, whats a gardener to do? Make one!
Items you need: Any size and color tomato cage Wire cutters Outdoor spray paint in a color of your choice Polyurethane clear spray Terracotta pot bottom the same size as the top of your tomato cage I chose a green tomato cage to be hidden in the garden but there are so many fun colors out there today to choose from. I also took my terracotta pot bottom and painted it with a couple coats of outdoor blue paint I had in the garage and also spray sealed it. I thought the color of the blue gave it a swimming pool effect.
I had hubby cut off right above the bottom ring of the tomato cage so it wouldn’t be so high in the garden. You wouldn’t have to do this if you have a larger garden or want it to be tall and let plants grow up the tomato cage.
Insert the tomato cage in the garden and just lay the pot bottom on top and fill with water. What I also love about the bird bath is its so easy to clean. Just take off the top, wash off and refill with water. The paint has held up nicely with no chipping. So be sure to seal it before using it with a good poly urethane clear spray.
I have a pair of doves who especially love stopping by for a morning drink. This project is super easy to make. You can read more about my DIY Tomato Cage Bird Bath and other garden ideas in the link below.

Suggested materials:

  • Wire tomato cage
  • Wire cutters
  • Outdoor spray paint
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Brenda Malinski Howard
    Brenda Malinski Howard
    on Jun 30, 2016

    I was wondering if the poly was toxic. Seems like it would be. Any comments?

    • Tammy - My Life Abundant
      Tammy - My Life Abundant
      on Jul 1, 2016

      I'm not sure how to answer that because you look at any bird bath and they are painted. I haven't had any problems with mine at all. I do keep it clean though because with it sitting in the sun green stuff will grow on it. So, I just wash it down good with soap and water, and refill.

    • Janie Krumrine Farner
      Janie Krumrine Farner
      on Mar 5, 2017

      There is non-toxic paint that is safe for birds and other animals because they ARE affected by the chemicals leeching into the water. Your doves that keep returning are the ones that could be most effected by the poison in the paint and mostly the urathane sealer. Most professional bird baths are fire glazed and not painted.

    • Lana Krumpus
      Lana Krumpus
      on Jul 1, 2017

      If you put two pre-1982 pennnies in your birdbath, they will keep it from getting scummy.

    • MK McDonald
      MK McDonald
      on Jul 22, 2017

      Wellll, the lovebirds keep coming back, so I think that would answer your question, don't you?
    • Lynn Wall
      Lynn Wall
      on May 3, 2018

      The terracotta has to be sealed because it's porous, so first finding a water repellent sealer

    • Bren Branch
      Bren Branch
      on May 10, 2018

      This is a great idea that I want to copy. Thank you for sharing your project with us. I have a great spot for mine.

    • Jeanette
      on Feb 29, 2020

      No, because some poisons do not have an immediate effect.

  • Yylowinger
    on Nov 16, 2017

    When you cut off the bottom ring, did you just cut the ring, or did you also cut the "feet"? The part of the tomato ring that's in the ground - how long is it?
    • Tammy - My Life Abundant
      Tammy - My Life Abundant
      on Nov 17, 2017

      It wasn't the bottom ring, it was the top ring and the legs. But then it depends on how big your terra cotta pot bottom is on which end you cut off.

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  • Pam
    on Nov 25, 2018

    Picturing it in my backyard 😃

  • Susie Que
    Susie Que
    on Mar 12, 2021

    I going to give this a try, we have wind most days so positioning it is going to be the biggest decision. My birds will love it.

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