DIY Bird Bath

by Chris on March 31, 2012

I have signed on as a “brand ambassador” (not making that up) for Lowes Creative Ideas, and I was given a monthly challenge to create something for the birds. Literally. Fun, no?

DIY birdbath

I wanted something neutral that would blend into the landscaping, so I found these three materials–a plant stand, a water tray from a large planter, and a fern.

bird bath tutorial

Using my vinyl cutter, I cut out a branch with some birds on it. This way the birds will feel at home. Or they’ll panic at the thought of two of their own drowning in the water.

vinyl birds

I adhered it to the bottom of the tray and sealed it with some polyurethane to keep it on.

vinyl birds on branch

Once that was dry, I used a few dabs of liquid nails (forgot a picture) and centered it on the plant stand.

decorative bird bath

It needed a little more “fluff”, so I simply placed the stand over the fern. And there you have it! A decorative, natural-looking bird bath.

DIY bird bath

You may notice that the placement of the bath is a little odd. While it was 84 degrees here last week, it turned into freezing rain when I decided to take pictures. The photographic conditions were less than ideal. Wanna see what was behind me? Only in Michigan.

freezing rain

I’ve been a subscriber for a long time to Lowe’s Creative Magazine, and I just love it! It’s absolutely free and chuck-full of creative ideas. If you haven’t already, you should join too!

Lowes creative ideas logo

Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers’ team.



Courtenay March 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

We got that storm here in SW Ontario too. It was crazy! I love your little bird bath. So much better than those weird plastic ones that are supposed to look like stone. Very creative!

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I know, right? I’ve never had a birdbath for that same reason. Perhaps this one will work. :)

Joanna March 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm

What an adorable idea!

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thank you, Joanna!!

Jill Flory March 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Very cute! Great idea :)

Lesley March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Good for you! This is quite stunning!

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thank you, Lesley! I appreciate you stopping by!

Cyd March 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love that Lowe’s Crative Ideas mag – Congrats on your participation! The birdbath is adorable. I may need to try this one out….

Cyd March 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm

**creative** because spelling matters

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I wonder if the “Crative” magazine would be better than the “Creative” one. ;) Kudos to you for caring about the correction! Thanks for stopping by, Cyd!

Allie B March 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Don’t you just love MI? I’m praying for the farmers! What area do you live in? I’m in the Grand Rapids area. It has been such a CRAZY winter!! Congrats on your partnership with Lowes!

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

We’re neighbors, Allie B! I live in Rockford. And yes…poor farmers. I was watching a story on them on the news the other day. However, I won’t complain about our mild winter. :)

Laura at Top This Top That March 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

what a super fantastic idea!

Linda@limeinthe coconut March 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

…Clever clever girl you! Gotta tell you though….we use those SAME plant stands to hold huge bowls of food and water for our Great Danes….just sayin’

Chris March 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Ok that’s hilarious. I never would have thought of that! Quite brilliant of you, Linda. May have to steal that idea. :)

jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof April 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Great idea. You just made me think about adhering those cute little birds to a fun dish I have :)

Chris April 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Well there ya go. Mission accomplished, Jessica! :)

nuvali laguna April 12, 2012 at 3:55 am

Great idea. very creative.


Barbara Grooms April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Love your idea for a bird bath. You know how much I love birds. Will have to copy this myself. Love it! Mom

Reggie Kilgore May 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Your bird bath project was simple but yet elegant. This bird bath will fit in almost any landscape setting. Great Job!

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