Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Birdbath and Garden Ornament

Someone had a post in which she used small glass vases and other dishes to make garden ornaments.  I loved them, but I have none of that kind of stuff hanging around. BUT, the local Marshall's store has all kinds of inexpensive glass things that I've always loved looking at but had no reason to buy.  While wandering I found two small orange vases that turned into this:


Then I found an enormous red glass vase and and equally large platter that I thought would make a great birdbath.  The combination was a bit wobbly so I glued another piece to the bottom to make the base wider.


I hope the birds like this as much as I do.  I used E6000 sparingly and according to the directions after globbing on too much the first time.  I also put a thin clear silicone caulk line around the joints to keep moisture out.  ( Learn from my mistake.  If the pieces have any openings between them, moisture will get in and may show through.

As for the cost,  all these pieces were very inexpensive.  The three pieces of the birdbath in descending order were $7, $9, and $6.  The E6000 and silicone caulk were already here from other projects.

Update:  Check out even newer birdbaths and garden totems here, here, here, and here.

25 comments:

  1. Hello!
    Stopping by for the first time! Great birdbath and so bright and colorful. I imagine the birds will be very happy splashing here!

    I appreciate your tips that you learned from experience :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  2. Oh, that would look so good in my new flower bed when we move our home next week!
    n.rider@yahoo.com

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  3. Baye, I love it! How did you ever think of that?! Thank you so much for linking up!

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  4. NICE pieces to stick in the garden! LOVE!

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  5. OmiGOSH, this is just SOOOO gorgeous!!! I have so many dishes and pieces of crockery that I could upcycle like this...THANKS for the inspiration!!

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  6. What a fun and unique idea for a bird bath! So cute!

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  7. This is so beautiful!! I've so wanted to make some interesting things for my yard . . . this is a great project and thanks for the tip about sealing any openings!

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  8. absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    I'll be on the look out for glass pcs now! :)

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  9. What a pretty bird bath. I love the red. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspiration-board-link-party.html

    carolyn | homework

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  10. OMG, these are gorgeous. i have often seen item like this and thought that I wanted to purchase them, but have no place in my house that I could put them. This has definitely made me change my mind! What a great job. tfs Tami
    Tambo's Creations

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  11. these are gorgeous I saw some vase at Sarmy, but now will have to retrace and go get them..
    Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/weekly-talent-search-with-linking-party.html
    Thanks
    Maggie

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  12. OMG! This is amazing!!! I just found this project through Craft-o-maniac! I love it and I'm your new follower.

    I'd love if you would join us over at Sew Woodsy and link up your bird bath!

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  14. Wow!! So beautiful! I love the color. I've got to go to Marshall's.

    Crafty Butt

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  15. Very innovative, and looks good too.

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  16. Wow!!! You have an artists eye. Great upcycling. These are wonderful. It's going to make me keep my eyes open at goodwill

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  17. Love the red! I'm sure the birds will adore this new bath. :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/pretty-red-birdbath/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  18. Hello, I am a new follower! I love this and do the same thing! The birds here are always looking for watering holes!

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  19. Great idea! This has been featured at this week's Craftastic Monday party - be sure to stop by & grab a Featured On button:) Thanks for linking!

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  20. Wow you lucky to have found a vase and platter that large love the birdbath!!!

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  21. They look really effective and add a lovely colourful focal point - the birdbath is inspired! We quite often add 'stuff' to our garden too, like old mirrors attached to the shed & walls - they add a really interesting dimension to the garden - especially if you can get climbers to start weaving around them. And we've also made chicken wire birds and dog stuffed with bits of shredded plastic charity bags and placed them in the borders. I hope you manage to get some pics of the birds in their new bath :) Shaz x

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  22. I have been collecting stuff all winter to make garden ornaments. I was searching for ideas on how to put them together . Products and things like that. I found your blog (will follow) and I just made a bird bath somewhat like yours. I think the thing on the bottom is a good idea to make it more stable. It would not take much to shatter it so glad I saw your comment. Janice

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