“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thrifty Bird Bath

For the past few years I've been looking at and pricing bird baths and haven't wanted to part ways with as much money as most cost ($50-$100) for sturdy concrete ones.  This saucer bird bath was an inexpensive solution to keeping more of my money in my pocketbook.  The top is a plant saucer I picked up at a local nursery.  It's made from glazed pottery and cost about $11.  I had a tree stump in the backyard and added a cut log to give height to the saucer.  It's easy to clean out with the surface being glazed ... and a hand pump hose bib at the back side of our property nearby.  The birds enjoy splashing and drinking and it's fun to watch their antics.  Storing it away for winter is very easy as I only have to put the saucer in the garden shed.


Rebecca said...

I like everything about it!
The cost....its simple, rustic charm...its "fit" into the outdoors.

Pat said...

A perfect and natural solution! That's using your noggin!

Star said...

That's a great idea. It looks nice and it is practical. We had a tree cut down a couple of years ago. I wish I'd thought to ask him to leave a stump. I could have done the same thing.

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,
I did the same thing a while back but instead of using a saucer from the nursery, I went to the Dollar Tree store and picked up a deep plate for $1.00. Then just permanently siliconed the bottom of the plate to a larger tree branch. http://oklahomatransient.blogspot.com/search/label/Bird%20Bath

I borrowed the idea from Framboise Manor blog.

Anonymous said...

Cathy, first you inspired me to finally plant a garden on the side of my house this year, and now you've got me making bird baths! I will email you some pictures. Remember that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery! =)

Mrs. Mac said...

Oooh .. if you want yard art inspiration .. click on Rebecca's garden blog (above).

Sandy's saucer birdbath made from a plate is VERY colorful and only cost $1.00 :)

Kim .. can't wait for the pics of your thrifty bird bath(s) :)

Laurie said...

I bet you've got some happy birds!