Now with five birdfeeders on our property the birds are well-fed. However, now they want a birdbath to get all clean after their feast. Tom wants this too. In fact, birdwatching is Tom's new favorite activity and I can't even relate how much stress it relieves. We're saving thousands just on his therapy sessions alone. So for awhile now we've been exploring various options of making our own DIY birdbath. We wanted natural products that would blend with our landscape. Nothing tacky....right?! We also weren't looking to spend too much cash, if any. So we wanted to stick with stuff already purchased or recycle something that wasn't getting used. This is what we came up with and hope you'll make your own too!
We don't live too far from Lake Ontario and visit quite often. One of the perks is the smooth and sleek lake rock that we are able to bring home. You can collect some from the shore for free. Sometimes we even borrow his parents dingy to find those remote spots to collect unique rock. We limit how many we bring home at a time because our 1999 minivan does not appreciate this extra weight! But the rock is plentiful, it's just the effort it takes to load. Lake rock also makes a wonderful landscape edging material. It's gorgeous and looks fantastic and natural.
Tom wheeled the rock over to the chosen location. I'd say any serious gardener needs a good wheelbarrow. Sure, they take up a lot of garage or shed space but they are worth it.
Then you slowly stack the rock making it look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Kind of like a puzzle, you want to fit the pieces into each other so they stay put. We chose not to cement or glue the rock together but you probably should. Otherwise, your tower is likely to move or even topple down. However, neither of us wanted to cement the rock base together just in case we change our minds about the location or even having a birdbath at all. Rock will always be useful in the garden as a landscape edger or garden pathway.
We like the lush green shasta daisies and hostas surrounding our new birdbath. Hopefully, the birds agree!
And you just keep building and stacking going upward and onward.
Finally our learning Tower of Pisa (just kidding!) is complete. We were going for the natural and rustic look and got it. I think Tom built me a birdbath that looks gorgeous and is perfectly placed in my perennial beds.
Deciding on a top was a little tricky. Originally, Tom wanted to use an upside down metal garage lid. But I vetoed that option. Instead, we used the copper bowl that came with our rain chain and I'm pleased with the overall look. Both rock and copper are natural and the bowl looks pretty propped up on the rock tower. To weigh it down (as we didn't choose to use any glue), he put in a few pieces of granite samples we had sitting around. Waste not!
Think the fake bird will attract any real ones? He was a garbage pick! Another option we considered for the water bowl was a big silver kitchen bowl Tom's mom had. But it was super lightweight and we worried about it just falling off, even if weighed down. The kitchen is a great place to start when considering "bowl" toppers. Then head to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or garage sale to see what you can scrounge up.
Last, the girls and Tom filled it with water. I'm pleased! We got our birdbath without spending any cash. If we change our mind, we can always move it. And the rock was free. It was a great family activity!
What projects are you tackling these days?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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