How to Make a Homemade Bird Bath


Most birds are not particular about the kind of birdbath they frequent; as long as it has fresh water, they will consider it adequate. Instead of purchasing an expensive birdbath for your feathered friends, consider making one out of materials you may have on hand. A terra cotta pot and saucer are the main items necessary to make a simple and attractive birdbath. Find a quiet corner of the garden for your new birdbath and enjoy watching the birds it attracts.

Step 1

Apply the polyurethane sealant to the inside and outside of the terra cotta saucer. Apply the sealant to the outside surfaces of the terra cotta pot. Allow the polyurethane sealant to dry for the recommended time (several hours) and then reapply two additional coats to seal the terra cotta surfaces completely.

Step 2

Paint the surfaces of the saucer and the pot in any design or style desired. Make it fancy and colorful or keep it simple. Allow the paints to dry completely for several hours.

Step 3

Apply more polyurethane sealant to all of the surfaces of the saucer and the pot when the paint is completely dry. Allow the sealant to dry completely again and apply two additional coats of sealant. Wait for the polyurethane sealant to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 4

Squeeze the Liquid Nails adhesive out onto the bottom of the terra cotta pot. Place the pot and the saucer together with the bottom of the pot on the outside bottom of the saucer. Hold them together for several minutes to ensure a strong bond.

Step 5

Place the birdbath in a safe place for 24 hours while the glue sets completely.

Step 6

Find a place for the birdbath in your garden. Fill the saucer with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use the polyurethane sealant and the Liquid Nails in a well-ventilated area to avoid hazards associated with toxic fumes. Store the birdbath indoors during the winter because terra cotta will crack at extreme temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Terra cotta saucer (20-inch diameter)
  • Terra cotta pot (16-inch diameter)
  • Polyurethane sealant (oil based)
  • Paintbrush
  • Outdoor acrylic paints
  • Paint palette
  • Liquid Nails adhesive


  • Bird Baths
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributer to Natural News. She is an avid gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and computer user. She is interested in natural health and hopes to direct her focus toward earning an RN degree.