Make an Easy and Elegant Birdbath

by Kathy Wilson

Bringing birds to your garden is one of the great joys of any gardener. Aside from providing food, providing water is a must in creating a wildlife-friendly garden. Here is a quick and easy birdbath that looks elegant and can be made from items you already own or can easily get from your local garden center.


Tall pot or urn, or even a piece of large pipe
A large saucer
Silicone glue, if desired
Several rough stones

  • Place your pot or urn in the desired place for your birdbath. Depending on the shape of the vessel, you might wish to turn it upside down. I filled mine with rocks to give it weight and prevent it from blowing over in the wind.
  • Place the saucer on top of the pot and glue with silicone to keep in place if desired.
  • Place rough stones in saucer to give birds a foothold and then fill saucer with water.
  • Plant around the base of the birdbath to soften and add a natural effect. Use low growing plants.
  • Place your birdbath in an open area such as a lawn. Birds prefer to be able to view the area for enemies and will use your bath more often if they are not tucked back where a predator can hide. (Helps you to chase off those neighborhood predators as well!)

Kathy Wilson is a home and garden writer, author and consultant and is the home decorating expert for Visit her for more home and garden ideas at and

Take the Next Step: Look around your home for supplies that you could possibly use to make your own elegant birdbath. Your backyard wildlife will thank you.

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