I shared yesterday that I was working on a diy garden project that was for the birds! Our Lowes Creative Ideas Network challenge this month was to create a diy bird feeder or birdbath. After Matt’s failed attempt at creating a bird feeder, I just went ahead and purchased a cute feeder from Lowes. However, I had this fun idea to create a planter and bird bath in one and today I’ll show you how to make your own!
NOTE: Please use your own measurements and judgement when recreating this project. These are guidelines to follow and you shouldn’t necessarily even want to copy my project exactly. Be creative and add your own flair, pot sizes, rebar size, birdbath top, paint color, etc.
- 1 8″ tall terracotta pot for the base
- 4 6″ tall pots
- 1 4″-5″ tall pot
- 62 inch piece of rebar (I bought a 10ft piece from Lowes and had Matt cut it to size with a hacksaw. Lowes will cut if for you if you ask.) **Edited to add: My Lowes said they could cut it for me; however, someone had trouble getting their rebar cut by Lowes so you might need to purchase a hacksaw for this project. It’s $5.
- Spray paint primer. (I used Valspar primer.)
- Spray paint in your color choice. (I used Valspar in Exotic Sea.)
- Discarded globe from “boob light”.
- Little ceramic bird (Optional but uber cute.)
- DAP Household/Aquatic Adhesive
Step 1: Prime all of your pots and then spray paint them in whichever color you choose. This was my first time using Valspar spray paint and I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the primer, but I loved the paint! The primer seemed to splatter a bit out of the can and it took two cans of primer to thoroughly cover the pots. Granted, I didn’t seal the pots before painting so they were thirsty for the primer! However, I used less than one can of Valspar’s gloss spray paint in Exotic Sea on all of the pots and on the birdie. I love this fun color for the garden!
Step 2: Measure the height of all of your pots and then add 24 inches to that number to determine the length of your rebar. Cut your rebar to size using a hacksaw. Use a hammer to pound the rebar into the ground at least two feet down so that it will hold your heavy pots.
Step 3: Thread your pots onto the rebar and fill with soil. Alternately tilt each pot from right to left, filling with soil as you go.
Step 4: Take the globe from a flush-mount light (frequently found at second hand shops) and place it onto the top of the rebar. The bowl will be resting on the top flower pot but the rebar should thread all the way up into the birdbath bowl. I used DAP household/aquatic adhesive to attach the bird and to seal around the gap between the bowl and rebar hole. The adhesive takes a day to cure, so I’m not able to fill my bowl with water yet. If you do not have a globe from a flush mount light, you can use a bowl.
Step 5: Plant your flowers and enjoy!
Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.
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