Homemade Bird Fountains & Baths

Written by katherine kally | 13/05/2017
Homemade Bird Fountains & Baths
Terra cotta planters for a bird bath base. (terra cotta abstract image by Mark Grenier from Fotolia.com)

Bird fountains and baths add charm to any garden or backyard. You can make homemade bird fountains and baths using terra cotta planters and saucers. Paint the planters with acrylics or cover them with tile to add a splash of colour to the designs. Your feathered friends will love splashing about in the water and you'll love watching them. Look for terra cotta planters in a variety of sizes at local discount and garden stores.

Place one 14-inch diameter terra cotta planter upside down. Spread waterproof construction adhesive to the bottom of the planter which is now facing up.

Place the bottom of the remaining 14-inch diameter terra cotta planter on top of the adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry. The connected planters are the base for homemade bird baths or bird fountains.

Glue the 16-inch diameter saucer to the rim of the upright 14-inch planter with waterproof construction adhesive. Fill the saucer with water to make a bird bath.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 from the previous section to make the stand for the bird bath fountain. Make sure that the drainage holes line up and that you do not cover them with adhesive.

Drill a 3/4-inch hole in the centre of the 16-inch diameter terra cotta saucer and in the 10-inch diameter terra cotta saucer. Make sure that you use a ceramic drill bit to drill the openings.

Place the fountain pump inside the 8-inch diameter terra cotta planter. Feed the electrical cord through the drainage hole. Thread the cord through the drilled hole in the 16-inch saucer so that the saucer fits snugly against the bottom of the 8-inch planter. Seal the openings around the electrical cord in the planter and in the saucer with silicone sealant. Let the sealant dry.

Continue to thread the cord through the drainage holes in the connected planters. Run the cord beneath the rim of the upside down planter to the outlet. Glue the bottom of the 16-inch saucer to the rim of the upright planter with waterproof construction adhesive.

Attach the fountain head extension to the pump. Extend it fully. Fill the 8-inch planter with water. Center the drilled hole in the 10-inch saucer over the extended fountain head. Rest the saucer on top of the rim of the 8-inch planter. Start the pump. Make sure that the water from the extension only flows to the 10-inch saucer. The hole in the saucer will funnel the water back down into the planter where it will recycle.

Things you need

  • 2 14-inch terra cotta planters
  • 1 16-inch diameter terra cotta saucer
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • 1 8-inch terra cotta planter
  • Submersible fountain pump
  • Fountain head extension
  • 1 10-inch terra cotta saucer
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch ceramic drill bit
  • Silicone sealant

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