DIY Garden Bird Baths: Free, $6 & $20 Versions

I love the series of posts that Karen put together over at The Art of Doing Stuff.   In need of a bird bath and unwilling to justify the insane expense for crappy/ugly design (a feeling I often share), she crafted her own: you can check out the ridiculously simple ‘how to’ over at her site.  There are three versions…the free, the $6 variety and covet-able $20 version.

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cheap easy homemade birdbath modern design

cheap easy homemade birdbath modern design

cheap easy homemade birdbath modern design

cheap easy homemade birdbath modern design

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Lori Williams on November 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Your ideas are quite artsy looking, but while you are at it, why not design a bath that birds would actually use? The vessel would need to be very shallow–no more than 2″– and very gradually sloping to the deepest part. Also, any surface that is slick would not allow the birds to grip with their toes and stand securely. So the inner surface, at least, needs texture.
    So, consider these factors IF you really care about the birds’ needs.

  2. Karen on April 25, 2012 at 12:21 am

    As the person who designed and made these “artsy” birdbaths, I can assure you they’re fine. I’ve chosen to leave the first (Ikea candle plate) version in my yard all year long and the birds are always in it. No broken birds necks yet as far as I can tell.

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