By using items again we are reducing the need for more landfill space.
The space we are saving allows our Chickadees, Cardinals, Hummingbirds and other backyard birds
to have the habitat they need to raise and feed their babies.
Dimensions, just to give you some idea of the size if you choose similar recycled pieces:
Stands: 30in/76.2cm high
Base is: 14.5in/36.83cm square
Bath bowl: 13in/33cm diameter
I use one of two kinds of adhesive for most of my homemade projects:
1. Gorilla Glue Clear, for items I want a crystal-clear look.
2. Silicone II which is a silicone caulking which states on the tube that it dries clear, but it is opaque when it dries.
For some projects it does not matter, but for an item made from clear glass, I would not choose the Silicone II.
Both glues are very strong and will last a long time
Buy GE Silicone II here.
Buy Gorilla Clear Glue here.
Both glues say they can be used outside through any weather conditions, but I would recommend outdoor objects made of glass be brought in during freezing temperatures, just to keep it looking good.
But, I am going to try leaving this homemade bird bath outside next winter, because it is awkward to carry at 25lbs/11.3kgs.
There are a few photos on this page as you can see, to show the stages of construction.
1. Wash all the pieces and dry them well. Let them sit for a few hours to air dry after toweling them. Wait longer for pieces that will be glued, enclosing a container. You do not want to trap any moisture inside.
2. Arrange the pieces before attaching them to get the look you like. Be careful though as this is an easy time for things to slip and crash. Get some help holding the pieces together, to save a disaster from taking place. (I know that from personal experience. ;-))
3. Glue the bath together in sections like this:
- First gluing session: glue the first tower piece to the base; the next two vases together; the top vase to one of the square plates.
Wait 24 hours between gluing sessions before adding a piece to the ones you have already glued, to give the previous days glued seams time to cure.
- Second gluing session: glue the second square plate to the first square vase that was glued to the base in gluing session one; glue the bird bath bowl to the vase that you glued the square plate to, in gluing session one.
- Third gluing session: glue the base with the two other pieces already attached in the first two gluing sessions, to the two vases that were glued together in gluing session one.
- Fourth gluing session: glue the top and bottom sections together.
5. Add any embellishments you like. I added coloured stones to the one I made. I love the icy, cool look it gives the bird bath.
6. And last, but definitely not the least, keep your new bird bath clean and filled with fresh water. Learn how here.
My re-cycled, upcycled, homemade bird bath is absolutely beautiful in the sunlight! The photos really do not do it justice.
It is an asset to any yard, patio or even as an indoor piece.
It would make a great key holder!
Buy Sea Glass Multi-color Rainbow Mix here.
Have fun with it and please share your recycled, upcycled, repurposed, homemade bird bath plans of your own, below!
It can be very simple or complex, all plans are welcome!