Mosaic Tile Birdbath Using Recycled DVDs
Have an old birdbath that could use a face lift? Here's an easy way to add some color to your garden and recycle some of those old DVDs too! (PLEASE NOTE: I've had a lot of people mention CDs, which were NOT used for this project. I used DVDs, which will give you a different result.) Be sure to stop by my blog so you can get all the details on the products and methods I used. Before you know it, you'll be creating some stunning artwork for your garden too!
Even with no experience in mosaics or tiling, our bird bath face lift turned out just as I had hoped. Now I'm thinking about all the other things I could do...gazing balls, garden stakes, water fountains, etc. The sky's the limit!
This is what we started with. Our birdbath had taken a tumble shortly after we got it, and stayed in pieces for three years until recently when my husband glued them back together with some clear silicone.
After that, I used J-B WaterWeld to seal the cracks and make it water-tight again. It's my go-to method for repairing things that will be wet or underwater. It's also drinking water safe, so you don't have to worry about its toxicity.
Did you know DVDs are constructed in two layers? I separated the layers and cut up the shiny layer to achieve that stunning rainbow effect. If you want a more subdued look, use CDs instead.
After sealing the cut DVD pieces to protect the shiny layer, I used a strong, clear flexible adhesive to attach them to the top and edges of the birdbath.
Covering all that work was a little scary, to say the least. I wasn't sure if I was using the right product, and whether all that color that I loved so much would be ruined. Thankfully, it turned out even prettier than I imagined.
Genevieve Mehan on Sep 12, 2021
When I needed to repair a crack in my birdbath, I used an aquarium-safe caulk (my DH also called it a sealer. Neither of us recall the brand, sorry.). Something like that might work for this project.
If it's deemed nontoxic for fish I figure it's safe for birds.