Simple Tomato Cage Bird Bath

3 Materials
15 Minutes

For a long time I've wanted a bird bath in my garden but didn't want to spend a lot of money buying one. I finally solved that problem with a frugal DIY solution that only needed a couple of supplies: a tomato cage and a flower pot saucer!

I was able to purchase both of these items at my local home improvement store for less than $6 total. I used a 33" tomato cage and a 12" poly saucer.

To spruce up my bird bath just a little bit, I gave the saucer a light coat of a spray paint that gives it a stone-like look and texture. This step isn't absolutely necessary and adds a little bit more to the cost, but it does add a nice touch!

To assemble your tomato cage bird bath, simply stick the tomato cage in the ground, pushing it in far enough so that the first ring of the cage is as close to the ground as possible to help add stability. Then place your saucer on the top ring. I used a level to make sure I had things as straight as possible.

Then all that's left to do is add about an inch of water. Water in bird baths should be kept shallow, and it's good to clean your bird bath regularly and add new fresh water.

I've always enjoyed making my own homemade birdseed cakes for the birds and I hope they enjoy their new homemade bird bath too!

You can visit my blog for the more detailed and printable tomato cage bird bath instructions or you can use the "GO" option below.

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  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jun 21, 2019

    I've got a birdbath in my side garden where most of the birds fly through. I've never, ever seen one visit the bath. Any thoughts???

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Jul 03, 2019

    Has the stone finish come off ? I used that paint on resin flower pots and it didn't stick.. Season 2 it flaked off badly.. The pots I used had a bit of texture..I think I should have sanded them a bit for more grip..

  • Cathy Wommack Cathy Wommack on Aug 11, 2021

    I would think it might sway too much, in a breeze..?


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  • Katen Katen on Aug 10, 2021

    Very clever

  • KimofCoventry KimofCoventry on Aug 16, 2021

    Ive had one for the last few years in a green, short cage. Bought it that way. Didn’t paint any of it, but put a solar fountain disc in it. Only use the shot post adapter for a low, bubble-like flow so the water stays in the dish. Birds like water movement. Mine is among my Sheppard hooks with hummingbird feeders and hanging plants. The base is medium size rocks, fern and other flowers.