Homemade Bird Bath - Steps and Instructions

Do you wish to put together your own homemade bird bath?

Bird baths can be a great addition to any yard, especially if you like to feed the birds and create a little bit of tranquility in your outdoor space; you will likely want to have one of these special additions.

The problem with many bird baths is that they can be very expensive, and the more elaborate the design, the more expensive it will be. The good news is that with a few simple steps, you can make a homemade bird bath that looks like it was made by a pro.

The most commonly recommended materials for homemade bird baths are terra cotta pots. Depending on how much you want to decorate, you'll be able to make a really nice bird bath for only a little bit of money.

In order to do this, you will need:

  • At least one large terra cotta pot and at least one terra cotta saucer, you can make as many as you like, but you'll likely be happier when you use a large pot and saucer. You can get these at craft stores or at your local garden center, and a large one shouldn't cost much more than $15.

  • Polyurethane sealant and outdoor paints, and brushes.

  • Liquid nails brand glue

Now to the directions:

  • Before you get started with your homemade bird bath, you'll need to brush it off and make sure that the pot and saucer are clean and dry. Then it's time to get to work, so brush polyurethane over the entire surface of the pot and saucer. Don't forget to do the insides of both the pot and saucer, too.

  • Once the polyurethane has dried, you can start painting your pot and saucer. Many people like to start with a base color and then decorate it with complementing colors and decorations as they go. But this is the best, most fun part of making your bird bath, so no matter whether you want to decorate it in stripes and add some flowers, or are really artistic and want to add butterflies and birds to your pot, have a good time with the painting project.

  • Now it's time to let your paint dry overnight. Put it in a protected space so your pot can dry completely. Give it 24 hours at least, and then add another coat of polyurethane to the entire outside and inside of the pot and saucer. You'll need to give it time to dry again, but it will be worth it.

  • Once all the paint and polyurethane on your homemade bird bath are dry, you can put your pot together. Turn the pot upside down so the open part is on the ground. Now turn the saucer so that the bowl shape is facing the bottom of the pot. Once you know where the saucer will fit to the bottom of the pot, you can glue it in place with the liquid nails. Make sure that you get the weatherproof formula, and put it back under shelter for another 24 hours.

  • Once the glue is dry, you can take your pot and put it in a place of honor in your back yard or garden. Once you have your homemade bird bath placed, fill it with water and watch your birds come and enjoy their new spot to bathe.

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