This tutorial teaches you how to use one or more clay pots and a saucer to craft a bird bath. Not only will the birds love you, your neighbors will ooh and ah over your beautiful yard decoration.
- Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Terra Cotta Clay Pot or Pots
- Terra Cotta Clay Saucer or Saucer
- Paint or Rub-ons
- Strong Glue
- Clear Acrylic Spray
Start out by wiping down your terra cotta pot and saucer with a damp cloth and let dry completely.
Your clay pot flipped upside down will serve as the base of your birdbath. You can use one clay pot, like I did, or use several stacked together like Sharon did. The saucer will be used on top of the birdbath to hold the water.
The decorating ideas are endless. You can find a neat stencil and paint it, or try sponge painting. For mine, I used simple rub-on decals available at pretty much any craft store. Decorate to your heart's content.
The only real trick is to seal your bird bath well after you decorate it. I used several coats of clear acrylic sealer spray. Also, make sure you store your bird bath inside during cold weather months.
Another interesting tidbit: I made my bird bath to cover the pipe for the septic tank that is in our yard!
That is the main reason I only used one clay pot. I wanted to keep mine lightweight and more portable since it has to be moved more often that a normal bird bath.
You will be surprised at how easy these bird baths are to make, and the birds just love mine!
- See a photo of this craft completed by Sharon from CA