Homemade Bird Bath DIY

Homemade Vase and Wood Slice Bird Bath upcycle DIY

Spring is in the air! The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are in bloom, and the days are getting longer. Even though I don’t have a green thumb, I am always looking for crafty ways to spruce up our backyard garden.

I recently realized that I had one too many glass vases and it was time to upcycle them and turn them into something new and fabulous. I envisioned a tower of them creating a pretty and functional one-of-a-kind bird bath. I wanted to add a bit of nature so I used three thick bass wood slices (found online or in the wood department at your local craft store. Then I also found the perfect glass bowl for the top of my bird bath at my local Michael’s.

Homemade Bird Bath with upcycled Vases #gardencraft

Materials I used to make this homemade bird bath:

  • DecoArt® Patio Paint outdoor acrylic paints
    (Coral Sunset, Blue Bahama, Citrus Green, Grey Skies)
  • Americana® Feathered Friends Bird Stencil
  • Americana® Decou-Page Outdoor sealer
  • Glass vases and shallow glass bowl
  • Bass wood stump slices (found online or at your local craft store)
  • Paintbrushes and stencil brush
  • E6000 industrial strength glue
  • Colored décor sand (optional)
  • Decorative filler baubles (optional)

First I painted the centers of each of my wood slices with cool Spring colors. I love how these three vibrant colors coordinate and play off of each other at the same time. The Patio Paint is perfect for outdoor craft projects like this one.

Patio Painted Wood Slices for homemade bird bath

Then I added some decorative flair using the Feathered Friends Americana® stencil, a stencil brush and Grey Skies Patio Paint. I thought it quite apropos to stencil a bird on my homemade bird bath. This is one of my favorite stencils. I’ve used it this cute “Put a Bird on It” painted bookshelf project.

Homemade Bird Bath supplies with wood and vases

After the paint was dry, I sealed the edges of my wood slices with Decou-Page outdoor sealer using a sponge brush. I applied a thick coat all the way around the edges and let it dry completely.
Decoupaged and sealed wood slices for craft idea

Then it was time to assemble all of my pieces. You could use clear vases, but I wanted to add some extra visual appeal, so I poured colored décor sand and clear decorative filler baubles in each of my vases before gluing them to the wood slices. I used industrial strength glue to secure the vases and bowl to the wood and let that dry completely before adding water to the top bowl for the birds to enjoy.

How to make a homemade Bird Bath

I added some colorful baubles to the bird bath bowl and my homemade garden decoration was complete!

Homemade Bird Bath easy craft idea @clubchicacircle

I absolutely love how this turned out and I can wait to see the first bird take a drink from my homemade bird bath. It’s sure to be a hot summer and this is a really fun project to add some color and flair to any garden or backyard!

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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  1 comment for “Homemade Bird Bath DIY

  1. JaneEllen
    May 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Am so loving this awesome bird bath. Just have to figure out where in yard to put it so our kitty doesn’t get ideas. Since we got our chickens more birds come to eat their snacks. We have several pair of love birds and others which come by every afternoon, chickens don’t seem to mind at all. Our kitty, 14 yr. old orange stripe, loves to watch the chickens, goes right up to them, ckns aren’t afraid of him but he is of them.
    Our dog likes to herd chickens, he’s 7 1/2y r. old black lab/border collie. He is very protective of his “girls”. So we have quite a conglomeration of critters in our back yard. Think maybe bird bath might do better under front yard trees.
    Your bird bath is so pretty with pebbles and sand, glass, will get some of sand and make trip to $tree for glass containers so I can make one of my own. Great project, affordable also.

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