Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Backyard Bird Bath


                                                                             
Today, we are joining Diann at  The Thrifty Groove for "Thrifty Things Friday." Also joining Cindy's Friday "Show and Tell" at My Romantic Home.



For quite some time now, I've had bird baths on the brain.

The asking prices for them, however, were quite astounding and way too much for my budget to justify. Ones I liked cost something like $159 or $189 and one even went over the $200 mark!



So, I decided to make my own.  First of all, after an almost hopeless search, I found a perfect, ornate pedestal post at the Christmas Tree Shops for less than $20.



 











 


Two dishes purchased at thrift shops sat at home on a shelf in the basement. One had to be selected for the water bowl. The final choice had cost me $5.99 at a Goodwill Store in Vermont. The pretty pattern with flowers against a dark background is the reason I bought it.   

 
Then came a selection of a birdie from a collection of feathered friends. The one who made the final cut had cost  a whopping $1.00.



Hubs cemented the pedestal bowl onto the post as well as the bird to the water dish.
















Then, he placed four octagonal shaped bricks as a base for the birdbath. 




It's now out in our back yard and I love it!  Honestly, for me, it's even better than the ones I saw with such high price tags because it was made from found materials. It also didn't cost an arm and a leg. In reality, all together, it was less than $28! Woo hoo! Now that's a price that's for the birds!



Now, I'm hoping the birdies will come and have a drink on us!



DO YOU HAVE A BIRDBATH IN YOUR YARD?                                                            

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24 comments:

Marydon said...

Your bird baths are fabulous. The answer is YES I have bird baths ... they cost a lot more than yours & aren't half as pretty. Shame on me.

TTFN ~
Have a great weekend.
Marydon

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fabulous..yes, I adore bird baths!
Love the colour..the black white combination is fantastic. Thanks for sharing:)
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks so sooo much my dear friend!
Yes,now I'm your newest follower too:)
Hope we will visit each others blog more often from now!

Happy weekend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What an adorable bird bath. Great idea and I love that is unique and like no other bird bath.

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

I *don't* have a bird bath and I have wanted one. I haven't gotten one for the same reasons you didn't. But I simply love your beautiful idea and the price ... there's a new Christmas Tree Shop opening near us soon, I'll be stopping in to start my bird bath - thanks so much for sharing!

Hugs,
Mary

Bookie said...

This is nifty and the birds will thank you. Yes, we have bird baths, more than one. Bring so much pleasure as we watch the birds both drink and bathe. The robins are a hoot as they twist and flounce. The doves more leery and cautious. All the birds are loving water with the heat...it was 105 here today!

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Hi again, thanks for stopping by my blog, leaving a sweet comment, and following. I did try to follow your blog when I was here earlier but you're right, Blogger has been acting up again :( But I'm following now. See you again soon!

Hugs,
Mary

Carolyn said...

Hi Susan,
Great idea! Yes,I do have birdbaths tucked into our garden.

Thank you so much for all your kind words.

Hope you are enjoying summer.

Carolyn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Yes, I have one in the back and one in the front yards!!
I love this idea though about creating your own!!

Great idea!!

Hugs,
Debbie

mo said...

Hi Susan,

What a beatiful addition to your backyard.

We have a pool with a spillover area from the spa and the birds have a field day with it.

Your blog looks divine, as always.

*hugs*

mo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am visiting via Romantic Homes.

What a wonderful project!

Have a happy weekend!

Miss Char said...

I bet the birds are hovering around the bath waiting their turn at this elegant bird bath. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your birdbath turned out beautifully, Susan! I've seen cakestands done in a similar manner with candlesticks and plates -- so why not go bigger and make a birdbath for a fraction of what you would pay in the market. Love it and I'm sure the birds will too. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Susan! Check out this blogger who also made her own thrifty birdbath. :)

http://amontanalife.blogspot.com/2011/07/bird-bath-completed.html

Best wishes, Tammy

Flowers to India said...

I've just decided to create a blog, which I have been wanting to do for a while. Thanks for this post, it's really interesting!

Anonymous said...

No I do not have a bird bath but wish I did.
With an outside cat in residence, not a good idea at the present time. I love your bird bath as well as the beutiful birds that will enjoy it. Chris http://everydaylifeblessings.blogspot.com/

Kit said...

Hello! I just love it! I am so glad you came to my blog to see mine, cause I was soooo curious about yours! Aren't they fun? Kit

Chatty Crone said...

Susan that is a wonderful and beautiful bird bath - you are so creative - I never would have thought of that myself. Yes I have had one but not as pretty as yours!

Diann said...

Oh Susan, this turned out beautiful! Nice job. I love the choices you made regarding the dishes. Thank you for joining TT and have a fun weekend!

S said...

Very nicely done. I don't have a birdbath, but I do have a very large bowl that I never use, hmmm. . .

diane stetson said...

I hope Honey cat does not get too close to that birdbath. It is very attractive and very Spanish looking...good job Susan!

Luxury Villas Italy said...

Simply stunning! I've never really tried to make tags before. Yours are absolutely amazing!

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