I love birds in my yard. LOVE. Here at TGG we have feeders and bird baths that we keep active all year round to attract the little guys.  Birds help connect us to nature, and therefore our gardens. And bird baths provide water and a place to bathe for our feathered friends.  Oh, and they are great garden decor as well! So here we go. Adorable and unique DIY bird bath ideas!

Homemade Bird Bath Making Tips

When it comes down to it, a bird bath is just a shallow container that holds water sat onto a base. So there are more ways to build a bird bath than ways a three year old can ask “why?”! Before you build your bird bath, keep these tips in mind:

  • Clean your bird bath every few days, even in the winter.
  • In cold areas, a heated bird bath will bring all the neighborhood birds right to your birdie hot tub. (Check Amazon)
  • Place your bird bath where predators such as cats and dogs can’t hide in waiting.

Mosaic DIY Bird Bath Idea

We love this first project from ‘Birds & Blooms‘.  It’s a pretty simple DIY terra cotta and mosaic bird bath idea. They have a full tutorial showing how easy it is to apply the glass tiles to the terra cotta saucer resulting in a beautiful mosaic effect!


Modern Bird Bath DIY

One of our favorites from our friends over at ‘The Art Of Doing Stuff’. This project is simple and uses just a candle plate from Ikea and 3 dowels or old broom handles. Check out the tutorial here. We were also thinking that doing this project with copper pipe instead of the dowels would be cool… especially as they patina with age!


Up-cycled Candlestick

This DIY bird bath idea is simply an old candlestick, a pretty plate and some Gorilla Glue! Great repurposed bird bath! If the candlestick is hollow (or you can drill out the bottom) insert a stake into the ground, then slip the candlestick over the stake to give it more stability. If it’s a heavy metal candlestick, you have it made!

DIY bird bath ideas


Stone Bird Bath Idea

Learn how to make a DIY stone bird bath from ‘Devine Escapes‘. These types of stones can cost hundreds of dollars at landscape supply stores. Make your own with a few tools, some found stones,  and this tutorial! You don’t have to make one this large either. How about just a small one to tuck in amongst your garden?

12 DIY Bird Bath Ideas


Unique Bird Bath with Branch Stand

Another one from ‘The Art Of Doing Stuff’. This one can be done for free! Check out the tutorial here.

DIY bird bath ideas


Glass Bead Bird Bath Idea

This unique DIY bird bath idea would be a pretty choice for a cottage style garden… glass beads add the mosaic feature, and of course you can choose the glassware to determine the overall style… A quick trip to the dollar store (or your cabinets!) and some Gorilla Glue or construction adhesive is all it takes. Complete (super easy!) tutorial at ‘Dollar Tree’.


Bird Bath DIY with Flower Pots

Love this terra cotta DIY bird bath idea from ‘Martha Stewart’. Made with ordinary Terra cotta bowls and plant pots, this is easy and inexpensive . You might even have the materials right in your garden shed!


Hanging Bird Bath Planter

This DIY bird bath from ‘Lowes‘ is a bird bath cradled by a hanging planter. The perfect way to bring birds to your garden space! When you fill the planter with flowering plants, that will help to attract birds to the bath itself. Oh, and this is also super pretty!

12 DIY Bird Bath Ideas


Bird Bath Fountain DIY

Check out this DIY bird bath fountain. Obviously you can do this without the fountain of course!   Check out the tutorial at ‘Dailykos.com’.

DIY bird bath ideas


Leaf Bird Bath Idea

Another unique bird bath idea from ‘Birds and Blooms‘. They used playground sand, Portland cement and a giant garden leaf to create this one of a kind project. Easy instructions. Looks so natural in the garden!

9 Adorable & Unique DIY Bird Bath Ideas


Cheap & Easy DIY Bird Bath

We came across this one from ‘Funky Junk Interiors‘. It’s so cute and simple that we had to add it. Have an old metal garbage can lid (with no holes)? Flip it over, and add water. Your done! So Funky!

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Bird Bath Concrete Style

Use a plastic plant saucer and a concrete form tube to create this minimal and modern bird bath from concrete. Find the full tutorial over at ‘Home Depot‘.


So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed our post on DIY Bird Bath Ideas. We have another post on DIY Wind Chimes and DIY bird feeders that you might want to check out. Also, head on over to our sister site TBD and check out our post 12 DIY Backyard Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks.

9 Adorable & Unique DIY Bird Bath Ideas

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  1. J Sallette February 20, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Awesome Blog post!! Thanks for sharing such clever ideas… You and your team have done a brilliant job at designing this gorgeous blog that is full of outstanding content… Enjoy reading all of your blog posts…

  2. FFO December 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Love these! Going to venture out of my comfort zone and give one a try!

  3. Home Decor Ideas November 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    That is a perfect solution for your mother’s garden and looks wonderful, too. Another thing I’ve seen used is those big old-fashioned standing ash trays, since smoking isn’t as common as it used to be. I’ve been on the lookout for one myself.

  4. Janet Nielsen February 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I have a crystal candle Albra and one of the crystal sclopps broke and I have tried to glue with every hing and even gorilla glue and can’t get it to hold any suggestions or is their a special way to make glue hold? It was very expensive and I don’t want to get rid of it.

  5. M Brasseit February 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    really neat ideas!

  6. Carol January 5, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Please don’t make them so deep that the birds can’t get out!! Some of these pictured here are death traps for birds. I’ve seen it happen. And birds don’t like to hop into water, they like to walk into water, so make sure you have sloping sides.

    1. Kathy Woodard January 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Or place large rocks in the bath for them to land on…

  7. John Angel May 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    We must be good stewards in preserving these wonderful creatures . John Angel Louisville ,Kentucky May. 12 ,2014

  8. Julia @ juliecache.com April 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I love all of these ideas. As a beekeeper, I wanted to add that honeybees also need water and will drink right along with the birds.

    1. Kathy Woodard May 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks for the tip Julia! Bees are our buds!

    2. Dee October 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I have noticed bees drinking from my bird baths. I get a real buzz out of it??

  9. Elizabeth Sagarminaga April 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Attracting wildlife to your garden is a rewarding way to learn about animals. By tailoring your garden to the needs of animals, you help to improve your local environment and foster wildlife diversity.

  10. Elizabeth Sagarminaga April 7, 2014 at 5:01 am

    What an awesome site for Wildlife Garden .With a little planning, your yard can become a prime spot for birds to fuel up and take refuge during those long, cold months. The key is to select a mix of plantings, shrubs and trees that offer birds the protection and food they need to survive.


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