How To Make A Bird Bath - For Free!

After you read this you may do just what I did - slap yourself right on the forehead and say, "Why didn't I think of that?!!!" My MOM is the one who thought of this, so all the credit to you, Mom!
After seeing a colorful, ceramic, *expensive* bird bath online, she realized she had something very similar right in her china cabinet that she never used. She put it in the garden, perched on a stepping stone, and "Ta Da!" Free, beautiful bird bath!
We all surely must have a lovely ceramic bowl or vintage glass baking dish that we could put on an old stump, inverted flower pot, or garden table and make the birdies a nice cool spot. The best thing is, it is so easy to bring inside to wash! More photos on my website, including my mom's adorable doggie, Reggie, who recently saved her from a house fire - Reggie is our hero!
Mom's Version - Ceramic Serving Bowl Bird Bath
My Version - Vintage Pyrex Friendship Dish Bird Bath
Dawn @ We Call It Junkin
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  • Plm33883687 Plm33883687 on Sep 04, 2018

    LOVE your mom's idea!!!

  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on May 15, 2020

    I've done this too. Tho.' for a bird bath it is better to keep it elevated - away from predators. During our summer just gone (Sydney, Australia 2019-2020), it was extremely, hot, dry with severe water restrictions. Could only water using buckets. When I was watering my ferns out the back, under the pergola (water saved in a large plastic container, under the drain pipe), I spilled a tiny bit, and within seconds a very small gecko darted out from no where and was lapping at the spilled water. He would have only been about an 1-1/2 long. Just goes to show you. If you want to put a container of water on the ground, other than for the birds, and/or decoration, what I did was put some natural rocks next to and in the container (which was under some front door plantings) mainly for decoration; and within a very short space of time I had attracted the local brown frogs. And they have been visiting my water/fairy garden for years now. I'd attach a photo but it is quite dim, and would be difficult to see.