In my garden I have several birdbaths to attract feathery friends. One is a concrete classic pedestal birdbath. Another is a low-to-the ground copper birdbath I was told robbins would enjoy. Yet another is a glass vessel intended for small birds. None, however, attracts birds quite like the mosaïc birdbath I made myself from broken shards of china set onto a terra cotta saucer.
It is by far, the most popular of the birdbaths, with often different species of birds perched in nearby trees waiting for a turn! I think the shallow depth is an attraction and perhaps the textured surface provides traction and support to the birds’ feet. Maybe it’s the colorful tile that attracts the birds. Whatever the reason, this is where we get great peep shows all gardening season!
The birdbath is a fun and easy project. It is a good way to use broken shards of china. To make a similar birdbath you will need:
18″ inch terra cotta planter saucer(mine was from Lowes)
broken shards of tabletop china(this china was from Target and TJMaxx that I purposely broke myself; you may have some broken dishes you can’t bear to part with that could be perfect for such a project)
marbles, optional(vintage childhood source) or other decorative elements such as beach glass
Waterproof cement-based tile adhesive(Lowes)
Waterproof cement-based tile grout(Lowes)
sponge for cleaning grout
cloth for buffing
For detailed instructions on making this birdbath please click here
For more inspiration, search google images for “mosaic birdbath project” and you will be rewarded with dozens of equally beautiful and different images of mosaic birdbaths. The instructions could also be applied to an existing concrete birdbath you’d like to line with mosaïc tiles/china.
Wishing you many happy bird watching moments in your garden!