There are so many amazing things that you can create on your own. From a cute dog bed or a fairy garden to a comfortable pallet sofa. Time to create something new! Birds not only drink but also bathe in water. It helps them fluff up their feathers and protect themselves from the cold. A birdbath can be a lovely addition to any garden to attract these wonderful creatures. The only problem is that store-bought baths can be quite costly.
In fact, all you need is a bowl of fresh water that is elevated off the ground to serve as a birdbath. We will show you a tutorial on how you can upcycle some common household items and make your own birdbath for little to no money. That is right! In no time, you will be welcoming some new feathered friends to your garden! Let’s get into it!
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What are the benefits of attracting birds?
Birds, such as hummingbirds, can form a garden art in the full sense of the term. Whether it is birdhouses or birdbaths, watching birds is soothing, and coffee on the patio with some birdsongs seems like a lovely thing. Yes, they are beautiful but they have much more to offer than aesthetics. Take a look!
Birds not only eat seeds and nuts but also a wide variety of insects that are considered natural food sources for them. They can feed on moths, spiders, aphids, earwigs, mosquitoes, beetles, and other creatures like those. Encourage birds to visit your garden to decrease, if not eliminate, the need for harsh chemicals to combat such insects.
Bird droppings act as natural fertilisers
Early in the spring, scattering birdseed over the garden leaf mulch, to attract birds will allow them to dig/peck for seeds in the leaves, aerating the mulch and leaving behind copious amounts of droppings that will work as fertilisers. As a result, the decomposition process will be accelerated, and your plants will receive nutrition for improved growth.
Sparrows and finches all enjoy eating weed seeds, making them useful landscaping helpers in the fight against invasive species. Planting seed-bearing flowers can help attract these types of birds. This will also provide them with a natural food supply to enjoy, reducing the frequency with which you will need to refill your bird feeders. If you want to take it one step further though, you can always try the best weed killers and electric weed burners.
When birds are looking for earthworms or some other insects, they use their beaks to plough or till the garden soil. As a result, this aids in aerating it, allowing it to become more mineral-rich and hence more conducive to plant growth.
Bird watching, interacting with them and listening to their songs will not only help to relieve stress but also give you more reasons to go outside in the sun. Get more vitamin D and breathe fresh air.
Conservation of the environment
Birds will work in an environmentally conscientious manner if you attract them to your neighbourhood and garden. This will aid in the improvement of the ecosystem by making plants more resistant to pests and illnesses. This also helps to protect birds in the garden as well as in the surrounding area.
Different types of birdbaths
There are many DIY bird bath ideas to consider such as hanging birdbath, tomato cage birdbath, flower pot birdbath, lamp birdbath, leaf birdbath, serving bowl birdbath, sink birdbath among many others. For practical purposes, we will go over three that are the most convenient.
Building a stone and dustbin (or pan) birdbath tutorial
It is one of the simplest DIY bird bath ideas you can do to immediately attract more birds and add a water feature to your garden project. Here’s what you need to do!
1. Assemble large stones on top of one another
You’ll need to be able to stack these stones to create a stable foundation for your bath. Look for stones that are both huge and flat. Take the stones you’ve discovered and stack them one on top of another. Attempt to align them so that they are all on the same level. As you try to connect the jutting edges of some pebbles with the spaces in others, it will feel a little like a puzzle.
2. Create a stone pillar that is at least a few centimetres off the ground
Birds will sometimes bathe in dishes that are right on the ground. But they do like it when their birdbaths are at least a few centimetres off the ground, although they are not required to be too high up.
3. Place a dustbin lid or a pan on top
Your first objective should be to make a level surface. Place a dustbin lid (or you can repurpose a pan) on top of the stones once they are level.
Don’t go for a glass lid as it can be dangerous in case it falls over. Make sure that it is deep enough to hold 2-5 cm of water and wide enough to accommodate a huge stone in the centre while still allowing birds to enter. More than 5 centimetres of water might cause troubles.
4. Add a large stone in the middle of the lid
A hefty stone should be used to secure the lid. To keep it in place on top of the other stones, add a heavy one in the centre of it. If the stone is not centred, the lid will be unbalanced. Then, you can move to the next step and fill it with water.
Making a terracotta pot bath
Learn how you can create this simple birdbath below with only three materials:
1. Collect the relevant materials
Three terracotta flower pots and a clay saucer are required with the following sizes: 30 cm, 35 cm, and 40 cm. In addition, buy a 50 centimetre-diameter clay saucer. You will need to glue the saucer to the top of the clay pots, so add construction adhesive to your shopping list.
If you want to decorate your homemade birdbath, you’ll need polyurethane sealer and paint. You can use paint to create a stunning mosaic birdbath. Plus, you can turn any birdbath into a lovely fountain by using a solar fountain pump which should only cost you around £15.
2. Apply a layer of polyurethane sealant to the surface
First, sand the rough edges on the outside of the pot using cardboard. Jagged edges should be rubbed until they are smooth. This will provide a protective sheen to the surface. Stir the polyurethane and then use a paintbrush to apply it.
Apply a light coat of sealer to the pot with the brush, making sure there are no clumps or dripping sealant. Let it dry in the sun before sanding away any flaws in the coat.
3. Paint the pots
Draw a line with a pencil where the pots meet while they’re piled so you know what will be visible and what won’t. After that, use a polyurethane sealer to safeguard your paint job. You’ll know what’s not visible once you’ve drawn the line, and you’ll save time painting areas that will be hidden. You can also use different colours or the same hue for the pots.
4. Place your bath in a dry location
It will last longer if the bath is not placed directly on the dirt. A level piece of stone or a wooden patio is perfect. Next, invert the pots and stack them upside down. The largest pot should be placed on the bottom, with the opening towards the ground. Place the other pots on top of it, starting with the largest one.
5. Attach the saucer to the pot using glue
Apply construction adhesive to the area where the terracotta saucer will be placed on top of the smallest pot. Give it 24 hours to dry before checking to see if it is secure. The pots should not be glued together so that you can disassemble and move the pieces more easily.
6. Pour water into the saucer
Fill the container with water once the lid is secure to attract the birds. Consider putting one or two small rocks in the saucer to give the birds a feeling of the water’s depth.
Making a birdbath using twigs
All you need for this DIY project is a thick twig that would ideally serve as a table leg and you are good to go.
1. Grab a few strong branches
You’ll need four long, straight, and rather thick branches to make this easy DIY birdbath. Consider plucking some off a tree, as they will be quite fresh and free of rot. The branches should be about 0.6 m long, so they may be staked in the ground while still elevating the bowl a few centimetres off the ground. To be sturdy enough to support a bowl, the branches need to be at least 5 cm wide.
2. Hammer the branches into the ground
They should be arranged in a square arrangement, evenly spaced. Push them into the ground to ensure that they are properly staked in the dirt. You may need to dig a bit deeper into the ground to help set the stakes underground, and then fill in the holes surrounding the stakes.
Try balancing the bowl on the stakes ahead of time to get the distance right. Determine how far apart they must be to achieve ideal equilibrium. Once you’ve located a decent spot, make a mark on the ground and start hammering your branches.
3. Fill a bowl with water and place it over the stakes
The bowl should be placed on top of the stakes. Examine the four branches to see if they are evenly distributed. Any bowl will do, although one that isn’t valuable or likely to break is preferred.
The use of a wooden bowl is ideal. A deep bowl will be easier to balance on top of the stakes in most cases but do not completely fill these bowls. 2-5 cm of water is perfect for a DIY birdbath.