DIY Wooden Vase Birdbath

I love having birds in the gardens, and this DIY wooden vase birdbath will make them feel very welcome.

It’s so much fun to watch them bathing in birdbaths, and it’s really quite easy to DIY a birdbath using some inexpensive thrift store finds.

This wooden vase birdbath was a pretty easy project.
 How to make a repurposed wooden base bird bath

I started with this carved wooden vase that I found at my local thrift store for $1.

I really liked the bones of it but I didn’t like the two toned wood.

How to Create a Wooden Vase Birdbath

repurposed wooden vase and vintage ceramic bowl birdbath

I thought it would look fabulous painted.

Spray painted wooden vase yellow

I spray painted the vase with 3 thin coats of  a nice bright yellow.

It wasn’t until after it was painted that I decided I would make it into a birdbath. I’m using the decorative ceramic bowl on the right as the water basin. I got it at a garage sale years ago for 25 cents.  I went back to the same thrift store where I bought the vase to find something to give it a little more height and I found the small ceramic bowl on the left for 50 cents.

Creating a diy birdbath from repurposed items

Here’s the small bowl turned upside down and glued to the bottom of the vase with 527 contact cement. I didn’t paint before glueing because I thought maybe the paint would get in the way of the adhesion. I could be wrong though. I let it sit for several hours before painting the bottom.

Putting the pieces together for diy birdbath

I gave it two spray coats of a Tremclad urethane and then I attached the decorative bowl to the top with the same 527 contact cement.

And here it is all put together. Adding that extra bowl to the bottom really made all the difference. Now it’s about 2 ft high.

Attaching decorating bowl to top of spray painted wooden vase

Here’s 2 views of it in the garden.

diy spray painted yellow wooden vase birdbath
diy spray painted yellow repurposed wooden vase birdbath /
I think the bowl is so pretty. This birdbath definitely adds some colour to my shady hosta garden.   I hope the birds enjoy it.
So look around your stash of stuff and see what you have that might make a good birdbath. You might just be surprised by what you find.

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How to make a DIY bird bath out of repurposed items

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  1. I Love the birdbath! very creative on your part! the colour is perfect! and the little bowl looks so pretty.

    I have one of those giant wooden carved wooden candle holders, and never used it! but now I know exactly what I'm gonna do with it! THANK YOU for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Gina: Thanks so much for your comment. A large wooden candle holder would be perfect for this project! I'm following your blog now so I'll be interested to see what you come up with. I'm sure it will be fabulous!! :)) Tuula

  2. I seriously LOVE this! I am going to have to be a copy cat!

  3. Wow, you are really creative! I'm going to love this site and will tell all my friends about you!
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks Jen: They do seem to be enjoying it now that it's been in the garden for a few days. Thanks very much for visiting! 🙂

  4. I love this! The color is fantastic!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Love the birdbath and chairs! You are very creative!!

  6. Your DIY birdbath is sooo cute. I made one a few years ago, but the birds still prefer the older than dirt concrete one I inherited from my inlaws. lol


    1. Hi gail: Isn't that always the way. lol. I have had a few feathered visitors to this new birdbath but I think I made it for myself as much as for the birds. I love to have pretty things in the gardens that make me smile. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Tuula 🙂

  7. This is really beautiful and unique, I want one for my garden now.

    1. Thanks Donna! It was really easy to do. Just a matter of finding those right pieces to put together. I have some other bird baths in the works that I'll be sharing over the next few weeks so please check back. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! 🙂

  8. This is gorgeous! I just adore the lovely yellow color and I am featuring this at this week's Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. I never would have thought of that. So clever. You very much transformed those objects.

    1. Thanks JoAnn: I've always loved this bowl and never really used it. Now it's a focal point in the garden and I love it even more. Thanks so much for visiting! Tuula 🙂

  10. Still browsing your blog! 🙂
    This is beautiful, those pieces were definitely meant to be together! Love it!

  11. I love seeing people give old things a new purpose! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. I do love to have things in the garden that make me smile. Thanks so much for visiting!

  12. Good evening!

    I featured your birdbath in my blog series, Get Your Color On: Yellows. My series highlights DIY projects from other bloggers, decorating tips, and decor picks.

    I love how you've upcycled that vase into something much more modern and attractive. Very creative!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and feel free to post a Get Your Color On! button!

    Angela Conley
    Creative Blossoming