Tom wants this as well. In fact, bird watching is Tom’s new favorite activity and I can’t even describe how much stress it relieves.
We’re saving thousands on his therapy sessions alone.
For awhile now we’ve been exploring various options of making our own DIY birdbath.
We wanted natural products that would blend with our landscape. Nothing tacky….right?!
We also weren’t looking to spend too much cash, if any.
So we wanted to stick with stuff already purchased or recycle something that wasn’t getting used.
This is what we came up with and hope you’ll make your own, too!
You can collect some from the shore for free. Sometimes we even borrow his parents dingy to find those remote spots to collect unique rock.
We limit how many we bring home at a time because our 1999 minivan does not appreciate this extra weight!
But the rock is plentiful, it’s just the effort it takes to load.
Lake rock also makes a wonderful landscape edging material. It’s gorgeous and looks fantastic and natural.
I’d say any serious gardener needs a good wheelbarrow.
Sure, they take up a lot of garage or shed space but they are worth it.
Kind of like a puzzle, you want to fit the pieces into each other so they stay put.
We chose not to cement or glue the rock together but you probably should.
Otherwise, your tower is likely to move or even topple down.
However, neither of us wanted to cement the rock base together just in case we change our minds about the location.
Rock will always be useful in the garden as a landscape edger or garden pathway.
I think Tom built me a birdbath that looks gorgeous and is perfectly placed in my perennial beds.
But I vetoed that option. Instead, we used the copper bowl that came with our rain chain and I’m pleased with the overall look.
Both rock and copper are natural and the bowl looks pretty propped up on the rock tower.
To weigh it down (as we didn’t choose to use any glue), he put in a few pieces of granite samples we had sitting around. Waste not!
Another option we considered for the water bowl was a big silver kitchen bowl Tom’s mom had.
But it was super lightweight and we worried about it just falling off, even if weighed down.
The kitchen is a great place to start when considering “bowl” toppers.
Then head to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or garage sale to see what you can scrounge up.
We got our birdbath without spending any cash. If we change our mind, we can always move it. And the rock was free. It was a great family activity!
Frankie Pinnix says
I like how the whole family made it together! These memories will stay with your children for all time. The birdbath is ingenious! I think you all were smart not to glue the rocks. I wouldn’t have either…I like to change/rearrange things often. Lastly, the stacked rocks remind me of a cairn…love it 😊💕
Rhonda Martin says
What an awesome job. Love it, Exotic one of a kind upcycle!
Ha ha before I read this I thought it was a real bird😊 love this
Renee Skoglund says
I appreciate natural lake rock.
Joe Woolston says
My wife loves the birdbath. Wonder if I could do this myself?
Chad Boyd says
Love this idea! Now…I need some rocks!!
Jennylyn Gross says
Joseph Metzler says
Looks like a great way to attract birds to my yard.
looks remarkable and seems challenging enough
Sandra McFadden says
What a cute idea ………….I can use the rocks around my property to create one for myself.
Sherry McCarthy says
Very nice natural look! Need to start collecting some stones.
Liz Kilcher says
what a great idea!!
Diane Warstler says
What a wonderful idea! I love the rustic nature of this beautiful bird bath.
Nice rock materials for a water feature.
Bradley Marquis says
Jeff Smead says
Pretty cool; I will be making one of these!
Martin Strait says
Cheryll Powning says
Great idea! We have so many rocks that we’ve collected over the years with our kids (now grown). Now I know how to use them.
Vicki Davis says
Good morning Laura!!! This totally rocks❣️😉
Anything that brings beautiful birds to my yard is all good to me.
Christine Weary says
I love bird baths they are such a beautiful thing
Wesley Krueger says
I really like this idea it is so pretty .
Colleen Debs says
That looks easy enough and natural looking!
This is awesome….I enjoy gardening and always looking for new ideas. Wishing everyone a great day!
That’s just lovely. The copper bowl adds a touch of elegance and the stone stand is pretty much exactly what I’ve been wanting for a water feature.
I love the copper dish, wonderful idea…I love gardening with great ideas.
I love natural bird baths, so many artistic ways to show that special design.
I love this idea and getting your children together to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Janis C says
I love the idea of adding the bird bath!
Karen Critcher says
I am new to gardening. I have planted a few things and then had to leave my home for family emergencies. Now 2 months later I can go home. I don’t know what I will find. So anything you can provide in a giveaway I would be very happy to use as my gardening tools are practically non existent.
I truly enjoy this site. So many great products are showcased and some truly good garden info.
Pamela Chambers says
I REALLY love this setup. You post such interesting and fun articles. Thanks!
Minnie C. says
Good ideas clever suggestions are always found in this website. The birdbath was so unique and original. Engaging the kids was a good teaching moment. Plus wonderful memories were made.
Tamara Regan says
That is a beautiful birdbath and I might have the guts to try and build one myself. These days I am tackling all the weeds that have invaded my garden.
Kristyn Martin says
I love this idea!