A bird bath is a small basin full of water for birds to bathe in. While many families keep these in their garden, you can also put a bird bath in your backyard or on your front porch. Birds find it tough to find fresh and clean water, so offering a drink or a bath can bring a whole family of birds to your yard. Birds may also use bird baths for preening (a bird's way of grooming its feathers to keep them in top condition).
Different from feeders, bird baths often attract all types of bird species like bluebirds, robins, and catbirds, due to the water source. A shallow, rough-bottomed, and drippy birdbath is best for keeping water clean, allowing the birds to maintain their footing, and inviting various species in. You'll also want to consider putting your birdbath on a pedestal for a good sight from inside your home, which will also make it easier to clean, and prevent lingering predators from destroying. Placing it near a hose and away from the feeding place is a good idea for water maintenance.
How to Make a Clay Pot Bird Bath
Clay pot bird baths often stand taller, have a smaller base, and can be painted all types of colors from a simple red to an eclectic painted design. Those aged around six years and up can learn how to use one or more clay pots and a saucer to craft a bird bath in only 30 minutes. Gather the following materials to get started:
- Terra Cotta Clay Pot or Pots
- Terra Cotta Clay Saucer or General Saucer
- Paint or Rub-ons
- Strong Glue
- Clear Acrylic Spray
First, wipe down your terra cotta pot and saucer with a damp cloth and let it dry completely. The clay pot, flipped upside down, will serve as the base of your birdbath. You have the option to use one clay pot or use several stacked together. The saucer will be used on top of the birdbath to hold the water.
To decorate your clay pot, find a neat stencil to paint with, or try sponge painting. Some people opt to use a simple rub-on decal available at craft stores, while others choose to paint images of hummingbirds, dragonflies, sailboats, and other patterns to fit the complete garden look.
Seal the Deal
After decorating, it's important to seal your bird bath well. To accomplish this, you can use several coats of clear acrylic sealer spray. Make sure you store your bird bath inside during cold weather months. When it's cold, you can winterize plastic, fiberglass, and metal bird baths, but delicate glass, mosaic, and ceramic birdbaths will likely get damaged due to the temperature.
Consider using your bird bath to cover any undesirable places around your house. For example, you might have a pipe for your septic tank in your yard. By keeping your clay pot lightweight and portable, you can move it around and find the perfect spot for your bird bath.