Learn how to create a beautiful DIY bird bath with this step-by-step pictorial tutorial! All you will need is an oil pan, PVC pipe, pump, and plastic tub filled with water. Post contains affiliate links.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. (Click blue words to shop for the products.)
- Large Galvanized oil pan (Found at automotive stores. The one pictured is 36 x 25 and was purchased at AutoZone.)
- 210 GPH Submersible water pump
- Plastic tub
- Small outdoor table
- PVC pipe (The size of PVC pipe will be dependent upon the size of the fitting on your pump.)
- PVC pipe 90• elbow
- PVC pipe cap
- Wood shims
- Aquarium grass (optional)
- Tape measure
- Hacksaw (to cut PVC pipe)
- Drill and drill bits (This is the one I use and love.)
Step 2: Drill holes in tray and set on table.
Place the tray on a table so that the tray overhangs from the table by a few inches. Place the plastic tub of water underneath the tray overhang. Determine where you want the water to drain from the pan back into the tub. Using a 1/2 inch drill bit, drill one or two drainage holes in your pan.
Step 3: Place pump in tub and measure PVC pipe.
Set the pump in the tub and measure from the fitting on top of the pump to the top of the oil pan. This is the length that you will need to cut your first section of PVC pipe.
Step 4: Prepare your second PVC pipe.
Measure the distance from the farthest edge of your pan to your first PVC pipe and cut a second piece of PVC pipe to this measurement. Using a 3/16 bit, drill single-file holes only on ONE SIDE of the pipe. Be careful that you do not drill all the way through the pipe or your water will not spray correctly. You want the water to spray out of the pipe and into the pan as pictured below.
Step 5: Use a PVC pipe 90 • elbow to secure pipes together.
Step 6: Cap off the PVC pipe.
Use a PVC pipe cap at the end of your pipe to secure the waterflow out of the drilled holes.
Step 7: Fill with water and plug in.
Using your wood shims, shimmy the end of the pan on the opposite side of the tub to allow the water to easily drain back into the tub. Fill the tub with water, plug in the pump, and enjoy!
Thanks to Amazing Bird Stuff for allowing me to share your tutorial with my readers! You can find Amazing Bird Stuff on Facebook.
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