Bright Idea: Lamp Bird Bath

Bright Idea: Lamp Bird Bath

Adding bird baths to our backyard has been on my to-do list for a while. I had purchased an antique concrete bird bath at a favorite antique shop but I wanted a second one. Obviously, I needed to try my hand at a DIY version!

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DIY Tutorial

I hit a local thrift store in search of two things: an old, funky lamp (to use as the base); and a shallow, glass dish (to use as the bowl- but nothing too deep). I scored both in one visit!

Thrift store lamp to be repurposed into a DIY bird bath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A lamp for the base…

Thrift store glass platter dish to be repurposed into a DIY bird bath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and a glass dish for the “bath”!

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The first step was to de-electrify the lamp, which was a piece of cake- no tools required!

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the deconstruction begin…

However, in order to get to that wide, flat “platform” (the main reason I chose this particular lamp), I needed to cut off the nipple. Dang, that’s a horrible thing to say, isn’t it?

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This part’s got to go!

Luckily for me, Jon was able to break out our Dremel tool and slice it off…WITH FIREWORKS! (Yes, we used safety gear!)

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Get ready, get set, get Dremel!

Once he finished and I gave it a good wipe-down, I gave it two coats of latex paint (of course).

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Because, why not paint it?

After the paint cured, I then gave it two coats of clear enamel (one coat right side up, one coat upside-down…to get in those curves and crevices). Since it’ll live outside in the warm months, I wanted to seal it as much as possible.

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To weather proof the base…

One more easy step left- attaching the dish to the lamp! I didn’t want to use just any old adhesive…I needed something that could stand up to southern summers- sunshine and storms in equal measure. Enter GE Silicone II Window & Door Caulk! I put a healthy amount on the flat lamp base, then positioned my dish on top. After that, I added a bead of caulk around the lamp just under the dish.

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done!

I let it hang out in the garage overnight to set/cure/dry and then excitedly placed it out back the next morning. A little water in the dish and it’s ready to go!

How to make a DIY bird bath from a repurpose thrift store lamp and an upcycled glass platter dish by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Isn’t it fantastic? How will I ever stop myself now from making more? The right lamp is key: One that no longer functions but is still sturdy is ideal…and having a wide platform to perch your dish on top is beneficial, too. And an iridescent shell-shaped dish? Just dumb luck, thrift store-style.

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. I have been wanting to do some DIY projects for the yard/garden and this is a great idea. I think I may have to do something like it.

  2. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. My daughters amd I were just talking about putting a bird bath in our front yard.

  3. I love this idea! I have a lot of birds around my house and they would love this. Pinning. 🙂

  4. OMG I love this! What a gorgeous project, pinning for sure!

  5. So creative! I love it! I would love to have you link it up to my Feature Friday Link Palooza!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic
    http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/search/label/Feature%20Friday%20Linky%20Party

  6. Super cute! That dish was screaming for a project like that. Too perfect!

  7. I love it!….very creative and gorgeous to boot!

  8. Love it!! I love the shell glass dish you found 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. It looks pretty in you garden. I bet the birds will love it.
    Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party!

  10. distresseddonna says:

    A lovely piece of garden art – and the birds will love it too! Glad you shared this at Make It Monday.

  11. I love this idea. I am sitting here at my vintage sale eyeballing a lamp I have that will be perfect for this.. It works but I am willing to sacrifice it for the love of a project.

  12. I love the clock bird feeder. You’ve given me such great craft ideas. I’ve added them to my floral business and people love to buy them. Thank your for the inspiration.

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