Make Your Own Bird Bath

7 Materials
30 Minutes

The summer is hotter than it has been for a long time and not only we gardeners long for a cooling off. Birds and insects are also grateful for a few fresh drinks. Therefore I made this bird bath out of a saucer and mosaic stones. There is not only drinking, but also extensive bathing – a wonderful spectacle! I’ll show you how you can make a bird bath yourself!

Material for the bird bath

  • A gray saucer
  • Mosaic stones of your choice
  • Mirror mosaic stones
  • Hand brush
  • Rag
  • Mosaic glue
  • Pastry brush
  • Grout
Step 1

First, think about the pattern in which you want to attach the mosaic stones. To do this, put the stones on trial until you are sure which pattern it should be. Then apply the mosaic adhesive over the entire surface and press the stones into it.

My tip: It is better to apply the adhesive over the entire surface instead of moistening each stone individually.

Step 2

Once all the mosaic stones are in place, you have to wait until the glue has dried and no more stones can slip. It’ll take a couple of hours. Then stir the grout and use a baking brush to spread it over the entire surface of the saucer. The mosaic stones are also covered.

Step 3

After the grout has dried, use a damp cloth to expose the mosaic stones again. The hand brush can also help here if necessary. But work with it carefully.

Before the bird bath can be filled with water, the bowl has to dry for about 2 days.

As a special eye-catcher, I added small play mosaic stones to the edge of the bird bath. They sparkle so beautifully in the sunlight.

When setting up the bird bath, it is important to choose a protected location so that the birds feel safe and the cat does not lurk in front of the bird bath. A few twigs or branches also help to land better and to get on and off safely 🙂

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 7 questions
  • Fran Fran on Jan 02, 2021

    Which types of adhesive and grout are safe for the birds?

  • Susans Susans on Jan 02, 2021

    Is it a plastic saucer or clay (terra-cotta)?

  • Joy Zucker-Tiemann Joy Zucker-Tiemann on Jan 03, 2021

    How do you preserve the grout from discoloration? I've done this before & the grout turned almost black. Do you use some sort of sealant over the entire project so it can last a few years or more?

Join the conversation
2 of 6 comments