How to Make a Bird Bath
When you’re fond of bird watching but don’t want them in cages, having a bird bath in your garden is one of the best ways to lure them to your view. It’s quite surprising how a small pool of water can attract an amazing variety of birds. There are plenty of ways to achieve the installation of a bird bath in your garden. Ready-made birdbaths are widely available in home depots. Or just sort through your home clutter and there’s sure to be something you can use. Ordinary household items can serve as a bird bath like a Frisbee attached to a post with strings, big round food trays or an unused shade of a lamp. If you want to do it right and satisfy your domineering DIY tendencies, here are simple instructions for an easy birdbath project.
What you’ll need:
• 4 terra cotta planters, 2 large ones, 1 medium and 1 small
• 1 large plate, or a 2 to 4-inch deep bowl, much wider than the smallest pot
• Construction grade adhesive, also called liquid nails
• Some paint for the pots
• Paint brush
Step 1: Starting with the biggest pots lay them on the floor, base side on facing up. Stack the two largest pots on top of each other. Then, take the second biggest pot and stack it over the big pots. Finally, stack the third and smallest pot. This will be the post or the base that will hold the basin.
Step 2: Paint your stacked pots however you want it. You can also glue the pots together with the liquid nails. Let the pots dry.
Step 3: Apply some liquid nails on the smallest pot’s base. Then, set your plate or bowl on top. Wait for the adhesive to dry.
Step 4: Set your pots-and-bowl bird bath in your garden, pour water into it and wait for the birds to try it.
It may be a while before the birds come and take a sip on your home made bird bath. There are many factors that birds have to consider before using one. Firstly, they’d want to make sure that there aren’t large birds waiting to prey on them. Secondly, they don’t want cats around, too. Trees and fences are perfect launch sites for felines, and the bird brain is smart enough to see those danger signs. Lastly, they want some shade on the birdbath, but not entirely under a tree. Picky, picky birdies.