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Finished DIY Birdbath with Waterproof Terra Cotta Saucer

Make your own DIY Bird Bath using items you may have already. Additionally, an easy way to waterproof terra cotta for a bird bath bowl replacement, as well as suggestions for your birdbath stand.

This is my kind of project!

I used material I had laying about and made something useful!

When my parents moved out of their home last year, they left behind a good bit of stuff. When we moved in last month, we weeded through and decided what we wanted to keep and what we needed to rehome.

This wrought iron base was one of the things left behind in the garage and was something I wanted to keep. I am not sure if it was originally a planter or a base for a birdbath, but in any event, I knew I wanted to find a way to use it.Bird Bath Stand

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I realized that a saucer for large pot would fit perfectly on the base. It was then that I decided that the future of this wrought iron piece was the base of DIY Bird Bath.

As kismet had it, I had way too many a few empty terra cotta pots and saucers and my crafting angel ensured that I had one that exactly fit inside the opening of this base! It's entirely possible that this stand was a base for a birdbath before, but this saucer will be the perfect bird bath bowl replacement!

Terra Cotta Saucer

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AND, while Terry has often derided my stash of aerosol cans, I had a partial can of Rust-Oleum's Triple Thick Glaze which contained just enough to spray the inside of the saucer. The Triple Thick Glaze put a clear coating on the saucer so that the naturally porous terra cotta would become waterproof and therefore hold water longer than would the unsealed terra cotta saucer, just what I needed for this DIY Birdbath

Water Beading on Terra Cotta Saucer after Spraying with Triple Thick Glaze

As an aside, this Triple Thick Glaze is some handy stuff to have around. I have used it to coat a wooden box to make it a little more waterproof so that I could put some potted plants without worrying about rotting the wood. I used it to add a clear, shiny coat to a lamp that I painted. Sadly for Terry, the next time I am at the hardware store I will be picking up a new can of Triple Thick…I hate to imagine a time when I need it and don't have it in my garage!! 😉

Just a tip on spraying the glaze, don't get too heavy a hand. You need several very light coats to avoid areas that become cloudy. And, if by chance you do get too heavy-handed…you can sand off the paint so that you can do the lighter coats as recommended on the can. Of course, I'm just guessing…this would never happen to me!🤣

Triple Thick Glaze

pin showing water beading on terra cotta saucer
And BAM…just like that I have a birdbath! Well…I guess don't have a birdbath as much as my feathered friends now have a birdbath. And, as if it just can't get better…the best location for this birdbath ensures that it will get filled with water when the sprinklers go off! Truly, it was meant to be! 

If you have a stand or base, but need a bird bath bowl replacement, then this waterproofed terra cotta bird bath bowl may be just what you need. And, if you didn't just move into your mom's home and therefore, might not have the perfect base laying about, here are some other suggestions for your birdbath stand for a DIY Birdbath:

Ideas for DIY Bird Bath Stand:

  • Invert a pot (or a couple of pots) and glue the saucer to the bottom of the pot
  • An old chair (metal is best, but if using wood you could seal the wood)…place the saucer on the seat
  • Iron Base
  • Hanging Base
  • An old tree stump
  • A lamp base
  • Three rods pounded into the ground
  • An old ladder
  • An old spindle, chair or table leg
  • A stack of bricks

Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this post on this DIY Bird bath Idea:Finished DIY Birdbath

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