Make It! Secondhand Chic: Quick & Easy Garden Decor

created at: 04/12/2010

Looking for some simple, quick and CHEAP garden decor that the birdies will love? Check it out...with a few supplies you can make bird baths and feeders in less than a minute. Yes, you read that correctly. Less than a minute! Here's what you'll need to make 'em:      

created at: 04/12/2010

  • a bud vase or two
  • a cup and saucer and/or a shallow cereal bowl (I bought the vases and china at my local thrift store for less than $4.)
  • 36" long x 3/4" diameter dowels
  • clear caulk

Step 1: To make the saucer feeder, apply caulk to the saucer and position cup over it.

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Step 2: Apply caulk to the bottom of vase and position saucer/cup assembly over it. (If making the saucer type, just skip to step 2.)

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Step 3: Let caulk set up until hard.

Step 4: Drive dowels into ground or large pot.

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Step 5: Wait for birdies to find 'em.

(Photo Credits: J.A. Moser)



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Anonymous on May 10, 2013:

Any worries about the untreated wood rotting?

Melinda on Apr 26, 2010:

Not having the vase glued to the dowel would also make it easier to clean.  You really need to make sure that your bird baths stay clean so that disease doesn't breed.  

I'm really excited.  I think I found a good cup, but had trouble finding a saucer and bud vases, probably because I didn't go to the right type of thrift store, but still....

DIY Maven on Apr 26, 2010:

Heaven, the dowel fits just inside the vase, so the vase's throat keeps it from being wobbly. 

Heaven B. on Apr 26, 2010:

Did you use caulk on the dowel/inside the vase?  If not, how do you keep the whole feeder/bath from wobbling when a bird lands on the edge?

DIY Maven on Apr 26, 2010:

Melinda-Have fun thrifting!

Melinda on Apr 25, 2010:

Cool!  I can do that.  Okay, gotta go find some thrift stores tomorrow.  :D  Thanks for the tip.

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