DIY Lamp into Orange Birdbath

Hi there! I hope everyone had a great weekend! The weather was beautiful here, much cooler for a change, and we really enjoyed it. It’s so nice to be able to sit outside without melting.

How to make a repurposed lamp bird bath

So… here’s my latest project, which is for the birds (lol). It’s a DIY birdbath made from a lamp. I really love the orange. It’s so vibrant and fun!

I got the lamp at my local thrift store’s $1 lamp sale. They have this sale every once in awhile to get rid of their lamp inventory so they can make room for new things. I came home with four lamps that day, all destined to be either a  birdbath or a birdfeeder..



Here’s what it looked like before.


I removed all the wiring and the electrical parts, gave it a good cleaning, and then primed the base with a lovely orange paint and primer combo.



I balanced the glass coaster on the top and adhered it with the Marine GOOP glue. I left it to dry until the next day so I could be sure that the coaster was securely attached before I glued the glass bowl on top of the coaster.



Here’s my birdbath all finished.



I love the thrifted $2 bowl.



Here’s my birdbath in the garden. I placed a removable mini candy dish into the bowl so my feathered friends could sit there and rest while they drink. Sweet!

What do you think? How do you welcome birds into your garden?


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How to make a repurposed lamp bird bath

Thanks so much for reading.



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  1. Love the birdbath. I am needing one for my garden and this is a great idea. I have lots of old lamps that need to used for something. Will get busy with this project. Thanks for sharing. Hopping over from The Dedicated House Make it Pretty Monday.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Audrey! I hope you post it once its done because I'd love to see it. I'll be popping over for a visit. Thanks so much for visiting and for following!

  2. Beautifully done! I just made a post about how we had to make our bird bath a spa due to the drought! Yours is much prettier. <3

    Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

    1. Thanks! I know what you mean, until recently it's been very dry here too. I'll be stopping by to check out your bird spa. Thanks so much for visiting!

    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for following and for your lovely comments. It's great to have you along. I'm very inspired by your blog and I'm looking forward to following your posts. I'll definitely be there to link up on Friday. Thanks for the invite!

  3. Looks fabulous ! & you already know I love that shade of orange, lol! You are so creative in making all of these great outdoor items! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

    1. Thanks Kathie! I've been spending a lot of time on outside things lately. I really enjoy it, but I'm looking forward to getting some inside decorating done in the fall. I agree with you about this particular orange! I think it's a great colour, especially with fall coming. Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Hi! I'm stopping back by to say thank you for sharing this adorable project at Potpourri Friday!

  5. Aren't you the clever one.! Thanks so much for sharing on BeColorful this week.

  6. LOVE this idea!!!!!I'm going to try it soon:) Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

    1. Thanks! I'm so glad my project has inspired you. That makes my day! Thanks so much for commenting and for following.

  7. I do love this! I've made a couple of birdbaths out of glass vases and large platters, but want to try to find a lamp for a new one now.

  8. I saw this idea and thought it was great. I wanted to make my own birdbath, found this site and it got me excited to make one of my own. I went to a local antique/odds and end store and found exactly what I wanted. An old lamp and awash basin. Painted the lamp post black and attached the basin with epoxy. It came out great. Will post picture once all dry.
    Thank you for the inspiraiton

  9. Do this birds REALLY use this bird bath, or is it just for looks. I make birdbaths out of pottery and found the "bath" part, (a platter) was too slippery for the birds, even with something inside. They need something they can stand on, and not slip.

    1. Hi Amy: I have to say that I haven't seen a bird bathing in it, but I have seen them drinking from it.. and sitting on the dish in the middle while they do. I have others in the garden that are wider and more shallow… that get more use for bathing. We have a garden pond where the birds can bathe also. We just love to watch the birds, so we have lots of options for them around the gardens. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. I know this is an old post, but I really love the idea. How did you get the top “post” part off of the lamp base? I bought one very similar thinking it would unscrew, but no luck. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Lisa! I wish I could help but this one did unscrew so it wasn’t an issue. If you can’t get it to come off maybe you could find something that will fit over it.

  11. Very nice
    What glue and paint was used??
    For out door?

    1. Hi Mel, I used an exterior spray paint and Marine Goop Adhesive. I hope that helps. Tuula