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DIY Thrifted Bird Bath

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Well, to say it's been a while since we've "seen" each other would be quite an understatement, wouldn't it? Keeping up with a blog is tough, and life can easily get in the way, which is exactly what happened with me.

Over the last year (and a bit), DIY projects, photography, writing, etc. have had to take a backseat to make room for other things — like, the furthest backseat imaginable, lol. And if you thought a global pandemic would have opened up the front seat to some of the things I love to do, unfortunately, you were wrong. And I can't lay blame entirely on a lack of time. What it really came down to was motivation — I just didn't have any! And I think that had a lot to do with the things that were going on in my life.

The last six months in particular have been anything but easy, but I've somehow managed to stay afloat. And last week, out of nowhere, I had the urge to dust off my DIY hat and put it to good use. The project I decided to tackle wasn't elaborate by any means, but it's something I've wanted to do for quite some time now, and it really helped me start to break out of the funk I've been in.

To see what I created, keep reading.



  • Large metal milk can

  • Large bowl or plate

  • Outdoor primer and spray paint

  • Solar-powered fountain

  • Decorative rocks

  • Decorative glass

  • Water

Can you guess what the project is based on the materials list? If you thought of a bird bath, you're correct! I know for a lot of people, the easiest way to get a bird bath for their outdoor space is to order online or grab one from a local garden centre/home improvement store. But have you actually paid attention to the prices? I couldn't believe how expensive some of the bird baths I was looking at were! Seriously, the few I had my eye on started at $69.99, and that just wasn't going to work for my budget. So, I did what I usually do in this type of situation and I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.

Almost immediately, I came across this image and knew I wanted to create something similar.

After a bit of searching, I was able to find inexpensive items to use on Marketplace (my new obsession, lol). I also had a bunch of other materials left over from previous projects (or projects that never materialized), which helped me stay under budget.

The first thing I did was wipe down the secondhand bowl and milk can with a damp cloth, and then I dried them off. Next, I primed the milk can and spray painted it with Krylon ColorMaster in Catalina Mist. Even though the Krylon spray paint was a paint + primer combo, I decided to give the milk can a straight primer base coat because it was so large, and the colour I wanted to paint it was quite light compared to the original shade of blue I was working with. I only had one can of Catalina Mist, so I didn't want to risk not getting the right amount of coverage, and I wanted to avoid purchasing a second can of spray paint.

I did the same to the glass plate. However, instead of using a separate primer, I used a 2-in-1 white gloss spray paint, also by Krylon.

I allowed everything to dry for a full 48 hours before moving on to the next step.

Once I was satisfied that each piece had been given enough time to cure, I filled the bottom of my freshly painted bowl with a mixture of flat glass beads, decorative rocks, and sea glass.

Next, I put together my solar-powered fountain, placed it on top, and added just enough water to cover the rock + glass mixture.

I placed the milk can in my backyard over an old laundry umbrella slab and set the bowl on top of it. The milk can is quite heavy, so I'm not worried about it falling over, and the rocks + glass beads in the bowl add enough weight to keep it in place.

I'm thrilled with how this bird bath turned out. And I'm happy to report that it's already had a bunch of visitors over the last week, so the birds are happy with it, too!

Also, because I didn't glue the bowl to the milk can base, it's very easy to clean once the water starts to look a bit murky. All I have to do is pour the rock + bead mixture into a strainer, rinse it, add it back to the bowl (after giving it a quick clean, too), and top everything off with a fresh batch of water.

If this project inspires you to get crafty, let me know by sharing your creations with me! Leave a comment or use #katiesaracreates on social media. And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on a fun FREEBIE I whipped up.

Happy crafting!

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