Beautiful Clay Pot Bird Bath Ideas
For You To Make
I like the idea of making a clay pot bird bath from scratch. There is a wide range of bird baths easily available for purchase, but it is much more fun to make your own.
Although it is rumored that the humble bird bath originated in Greece many years ago. The history of the bird bath is actually very sketchy.
Regardless of the history, it is a fact that bird baths have become an important addition to the garden. The versatility in designs ensures that almost anyone can have one.
What you need to know – When choosing/making your bird bath
Bird baths are good for bringing all types of birds in so that you can see them up close and personal. Where bird feeders only bring in some species, due to the fact that not all birds are seed eaters. However, all birds require a safe place to drink, socialize with others and clean themselves. Therefore, by supplying birds with clean fresh water is the best way to bring them into your garden.
Besides clean fresh water, there are a few other essentials you need to remember if you want birds to visit your bird bath.
Use Shallow Water
Birds like shallow water, try not to go any deeper than about three inches at the middle while getting shallower towards the edges. Smaller birds especially like to ease their way into the water gradually.
If you already have a bird bath or container you wish to use, but it is too deep. You could always add some clean gravel or small stones to the bottom. Just remember to clean them regularly.
Birds do not like losing their footing any more than you do. If your bird bath is slippery the birds are likely to go elsewhere. You can easily solve this issue by applying a few non-slip stickers to the bottom.
Although this is not essential. Birds love moving water, so if you have the option to add a bit of movement in your bird bath, even a gently trickling amount. It will add more interest to both the birds and yourself as you are watching.
Placing Your Clay Pot Bird Bath
Do not place your birdbath in an area of dense bushes or shrubbery. This would allow cats an excellent place to lie in wait ready to pounce on the birds. However place below hanging tree branches is ideal as this gives the bird a safe area to quickly fly to if needed, making them feel more secure.
Caring For and Maintaining Your Clay Pot Bird Bath
Depending on the style of your bird bath maintenance can be fairly simple:
Frequently change the water in your bird bath as fresh clean water is essential for the birds’ health;
Clean The Surfaces
Make sure the inside of the bowl is clean and mold free. Mould makes the bird bath slippery and bird do not like losing their footing;
If your bird bath incorporate flowing water you will need to regularly maintain these to ensure they are working correctly
So there you have it, Bird Baths are a great way to draw more birds into your garden. With a little research about what different birds eat you can even decide which little birdy visitors frequent your garden. What a wonderful way to add breathtaking beauty to your garden.
8 Clay Pot Bird Bath Projects For You to Try
#1 Brightly Coloured Stacking Pot Bird Bath
A nice easy project for a beginner. Consisting of three different sized pots and two different sized saucers. However, before you begin on this tutorial make sure you clean and seal your pots.
#2 Dripping Paint Pattern and Childs Hand Prints
A fun project should be fairly easy to follow along with the picture. An ideal way to interest children as they can look back on their handprint sizes whilst enjoying the garden.
#3 Frogs and Butterflies
Staying with the children in mind this lovely little duo of bird bath and feeder is an ideal centerpiece that the younger children will love.
Have fun with this one. Although I could not find a tutorial children’s stickers placed on after the base color and before the glaze will work fantastically.
#4 Butterfly Bird Bath
This stunning clay pot bird bath has been hand painted and highly glazed to give that classy glowing finish.
You could also use decoupage if you are not that great at fine art.
#5 Multi Decorated Clay Pot Bird Bath
Well, this one although not to my particular taste is a great example of the many ways you can decorate clay pots.
With its use of multiple colors as a base coat, then hand painted decor on the sides and finished off with a mosaic pattern bird bath top and adorned with glass marbles around. Truly artistic.
#6 Tumbling Planter Bird Bath
This one is so cute multifunctional. What an excellent way to combine your lovely hanging plants with the benefits of giving the birds a bath to play in. Created using a tumbling topsy turvy planter.
#7 Mosaic Creates A More Contemporary Style
If your aiming for a more contemporary style then this mosaic clay pot bird bath may well be your style.
#8 Rustic and Beautiful – Bird Bath Fountain
Of course, I had to include a bird bath with a fountain tutorial.
And to top it off it the one with the most rustic style. But you can easily convert the fountain system to another style of bird bath if this one is not to your taste.
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