How to build a pottery bird bath

How to build a pottery bird bath

Materials Needed:

  • 16 inch or larger terra cotta clay pot
  • 16 inch or larger terra cotta clay saucer
  • Rub-On Decals
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
  • Stencils
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge(s)
  • Old Clean Cloths
  • Glue


Wipe down your terra cotta pot and saucer with a clean damp cloth and let dry completely.

Next, contemplate the area that you will be placing your birdbath. Will it be going outside for the birds to enjoy, or will be used inside as an accent or centerpiece?

Next, decide whether you want your birdbath to blend in with your décor or stand out for attention. There are several ways to decorate your birdbath to accompany both your yard and your home.

If you are going to be using your birdbath indoors as an accent or centerpiece, I suggest using stencils to paint your designs onto your birdbath, or sponge painting it in accommodating colors to blend in with your décor and surroundings.

If you will be placing your birdbath outdoors, you can either use stencils and paints or sponge painting, but I recommend the rub-on decals as these take less time and are just as attractive for decorating your birdbath. In addition, the decals usually last longer on the birdbaths than the stencils and paint, as they tend to fade, peel, and chip with time.

Once you decide how you are going to use your birdbath, decorate it any way you wish. Please allow 24 hours for birdbath to dry if you are using paint rather than decals.

Once dry, take acrylic spray and spray over entire pot, sealing in the designs. Allow pot to dry thoroughly.

After drying, take flowerpot and place upside down on worktable, so that the bottom of the pot is facing up towards you. Apply glue to bottom of pot facing you. Now, take the saucer and place right side up on top of the base pot, centering it evenly. Allow glue plenty of time to dry.

Once dry, take birdbath outside, and place over in holes, barren areas or garden spots you might have in your yard.

If using indoors, place whereever you deem appropriate. Fill saucer top with water. If using indoors, you might want to place a few artificial birds around pot or standing on the edge so it looks as if they are drinking or swimming in birdbath.

If desired, you can make your birdbath even bigger by buying different size pots and inverting them, then gluing them together and placing saucer on top.
(Example: 16” pot, 14” pot, and 12” pot with 18-20” saucer)

Log Bird Bath

Materials Needed:

  • Old Log (at least 24-inches long or longer)
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Circular Drill Bit
  • Cordless Drill
  • Sand Paper


Starting about 6-inches from one end of the log, take your hammer, chisel, and gently scrape the bark off the log. You should continue scraping until you get about 6-inches from the opposite side and have at least 6-inches of bare wood going cross wise.

Next, take your cordless drill and circular drill bit, and centering drill evenly between the areas of “cleaned bark,” drill down into log about 3-4 inches. Continue drilling until you reach 6-inches from opposite end of tree.

Next, take your hammer and chisel and chip away any remaining wood that might be standing up in the areas that you just drilled. You want one long smooth oval going from one tip to the other in the log.

Now, take you sand paper and smooth away any rough edges that might have occurred from chipping away the bark on the log, making sure that you sand the “well” of the bird bath, so that it is smooth to touch.

Place the birdbath in your backyard or garden, whereever you need an accent piece.

Full a bath with water and watch how soon birds will flock to enjoy the swimming pool you have created for them.

Full a bath

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