I have been trying to come up with some fun things to do with my 12 year old daughter during Spring Break and think I came up with a fun spring time craft that she would enjoy at least one of the days.
A clay pot birdbath is very simple to make and the birds just love them. Attract birds to your backyard and watch them take a sip of water or splash while taking a bath.
There are many different birdbaths that you can buy or else you can have fun and make your own with terra cotta pots. It is so much more fun when you make your own and you have the feeling of accomplishment when you are through. I guarantee that people will ogle your birdbath and want to know how to make one themselves.
Here is the one I think we will make. We may even do a mosaic on the bottom of the saucer (where the water goes)
Here Is What You Will Need:
16" and 14" clay pots
16" or 18" clay saucer
Paint of your choice
Clear acrylic spray sealer for outdoors or polyurethane
Liquid nails, silicone adhesive or heavy duty outdoor glue
The first thing you need to do is to simple wipe down your pots and saucer with a damp cloth and let dry completely. Paint your pots with the color you have chosen and then let dry. Patio Paints work great! If you are going to paint a design on them you may want to do that before you glue them together.
The decorating ideas for your birdbath are endless. You can paint the whole bath one color and then paint a design on it. You can leave the pots in their original color and put decals on it. Just use your imagination and you will come up with a one-of-a-kind work of art.
After you have your pots finished you need to glue them together. Use liquid nails to glue them. Be sure that you have the clay pot dish centered on the top. We will make the bird bath that is pictured above so we will add a smaller pot and dish on top. The birds can then use both baths.
When it is all dry you need to seal it. Use clear acrylic sealer spray for outdoors. Sealer is also available in a can and then you just brush it on. Be sure to give it several coats so that it is sealed good.
Also make sure that you store your birdbath inside during cold weather months.
Here are some other Clay Pot Bird Baths for Inspiration:
I'll be sure to show you how our bird bath turns out! If you make one...please be sure to post it for all of us to see!