05th Jun2013

How to Make a Birdbath

by Dinah Wulf

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This is yet another trash to treasure post!  This time, not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash. Here is my tutorial for how to make a birdbath out of trash (ha!).


  • Large plate or bowl
  • Trash- ok this one is ambiguous but I’m not sure what it was. A plant stand? An actual birdbath?
  • Ceramic birds
  • E6000
  • Spray paint

Here is a photo of my “trash”. This was another broken item I found on the side of my house in a trash pile when I first moved in. 

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Obviously birds love it (or hate it), based on this next gross photo…

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I had some left over spray paint from my refurbished thrift store shelf makeover, so I decided to paint the base blue.

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While it was drying, I cleaned my plate I found at Goodwill for $7.00.  It was the perfect size.  It would have been better if it was an orange tag, because it would have been half off that day, but oh well!

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I found some ceramic birds that were just adorable.  I used E6000 (best stuff ever) to glue the birds onto the plate.  I used a bowl to prop them up while they dried.  I followed the instructions on the E6000 tube and allowed it to dry for 72 hours.

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Finally, I placed the plate on top of my base.  Here are a few close ups and after photos.  It looks great in my back yard, and I’ve noticed a few birdies playing in it already!

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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