How to Make Your Own Bird Bath With Common Household Items

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If you enjoy watching wild birds, you probably have a bird feeder. Add a bird bath and you will attract more birds while providing water to your winged friends. While commercially available bird baths add a designer touch to your bird feeding station, they are not the only way to offer water to birds. A homemade bird bath crafted from readily available household items can work, too. You may already have a bird bath waiting in your garage or basement.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal garbage can lid
  • Gravel or small pebbles
  • Garden hose or watering can
  • Sponge or scrub brush

Create A Garbage Can Lid Bird Bath

  • Assess the lid. Choose a lid that is at least 18 inches across and will hold water to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Be sure the lid does not have any cracks or holes.

  • Clean the cover. Use hot, soapy water to wash the lid and rinse it thoroughly. Use baking soda to scrub stubborn spots.

  • Select the site. Birds prefer to bathe at ground level. Choose a level area at least 15 feet away from shrubbery. Birds are very vulnerable to attack while they are bathing, so keep the bath away from predator cover.

  • Prepare the ground. If the area is grassy, dig up and remove the turf to create a bare area at least 6 inches wider than your lid. Place mulch or gravel over the bare spot and set the lid in the center. Use a twisting motion to settle the lid into a wobble-free position.

  • Add a 1/4-inch layer of gravel or pebbles. A slightly rough, rocky bottom give birds added traction and stability while bathing.

  • Fill the bath with water. Use a garden hose or watering can to fill the lid to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

  • Keep it clean. The bath should be emptied and cleaned every three to five days. Empty the water and gravel and scrub the lid with a nylon sponge or brush. Allow the gravel to air dry. Replace the gravel and refill the bath.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a slightly fancier bird bath, use a large ceramic saucer designed to collect water under a flowerpot.
  • Do not use algaecides or bleach in your bird bath.

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