Thrifted Glass Lid Hanging Bird Bath

Thrifted Glass Lid Hanging Bird Bath

Once upon a time, we had a hanging bird bath, the concept of which I really liked. BUT, it was plastic and an absolute bear to clean and refill- needless to say, it didn’t come with us when we moved!

Replacing it has been on my upcycling to-do list for quite some time, and I finally set my mind to it. Y’all know I love to create a good outdoor/yard project, too!

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Video Tutorial

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Full Tutorial: Glass Lid Bird Bath

I decided to use a very cheap, but completely durable thrift store purchase as the bath- a glass casserole dish lid! It’s shallow but sturdy, and with a little chain from the hardware store, remarkably easy to hang! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bird-baths-to-be!

To hang the dish lid, I kept it simple. I used link chain from the hardware store, and first cut a small section (using our Dremel tool), about 10-12” long.

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cuttin’ up chain…

I connected this short length of chain to make a “bracelet”- first using “s” hooks, but ultimately replacing them with twisted steel wire (like this jewelry wire). This round chain thus became the “cradle” that my upside down lid will sit in.

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Connected with wire…

We cut four more chain lengths- all the exact same number of links and connected them to four “sides” of our chain cradle (again, using galvanized steel wire twisted together).

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming together nicely…

Setting the upside-down lid in the center of the cradle, I was ready to finish up!

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

I gathered the four long chains and hooked them on a quick link (I LOVE these things).

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An easy way to gather the chains at the top…

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Success!

Lastly, I slipped the closed quick link on a large carabiner (any spring loaded clamp/lock would work) to hang from the tree. Then, I just added a bit of water. And voilà- a very simple hanging bird bath! How fantastic is that??

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect for all my visiting/resident birds!

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A fun view from below

I just love it! Super simple- no glass drilling!- using a pot lid that cost me a quarter or two. And the best part is that it will be super simple to clean/sanitize- just pull it out of the chain, clean, and rehang! Because, let’s face it- bird baths can get GROSS and are difficult to clean…so I definitely love the idea of something this simple! It’s also important to note that I hung this under a thick shade tree where no direct sunlight will hit it- if you hang in direct sunlight, it could scorch the ground (magnifying glass effect).

Glass casserole dish lid from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled into DIY hanging bird bath and waterer by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy to clean, too.

Craft on!

S


PIN ME! Creating a DIY hanging bird bath with a repurposed casserole dish glass lid from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. What a brilliant idea !!!

  2. Great idea! I thought you drilled through the glass at first, but your idea is genius and super doable. Love it!

  3. Awesome idea!! There are so many of these in the thrift store, now I know what to do with some of them!!

  4. Very ingenious!

  5. This is such a good idea! I see these lids at thrift stores and garage sales… and this is a wonderful use for them. 🙂

  6. I love this. I think it would be fun to “tint” the bottom (top) of the lid to make it a fun color too. I would have never thought of this. You are so creative. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. What a great idea! Simple and easy projects are the best! Thanks for sharing at Idea Box.

  8. Genius!

  9. Joy schottenloher says:

    I love to watch birds. I am moving to an apartment and this would be perfect for my balcony. Thank you. God bless have. A wonderful day

  10. What a great idea! It turned out great, hope the little birds use it!

    Tania

  11. Great idea!! Do you think that macramé would work as well?

  12. Cool idea! I have a glass lid around here somewhere! That will be my next project. Working on making a planter out of a vintage colander….similar idea with the chain and so cute! Pinned!

  13. Jann Olson says:

    This is such a cute idea! I saw where you shared it on Hometalk and loved it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  14. vmorgan456 says:

    So smart! I was thinking this would be too difficult. It looked as though you had drilled through the glass somehow! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  15. Hi, Sarah ~ I’m visiting from the Craftastic Monday Link Party over at Sew Can Do. I love this idea! It’s a great way to reuse, plus I love to watch birds in my backyard, and nothing bring them in like water! Thanks for sharing.

  16. sayhellonature says:

    LOVE this idea! How fun! I don’t know if I have any lids like this to make one myself, but I’m definitely going to keep this in mind the next time we head to the thrift store.

  17. How very clever! Great way to use a lid that’s missing the bottom and I’m sure the birds love it. #MerryMonday

  18. This is a great project -Very clever – could add feed too instead of water. Thanks for posting! -Carole

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Absolutely- I was already planning on making a second one for that exact purpose!!

    • Sandy Hosely says:

      Please use caution if using bird feed. you will have to wash the “feeder” often it will collect rain and make mold in the food.

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this with Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Come party with us again, we’d love to have you!

  20. This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  21. Shannon says:

    I had saved this idea a while back and last week while digging around in my garage I found an old lid. I just finished my bird bath but I added some flare to mine.
    I bought a couple bags of rounded glass pebbles at the dollar store and glued them on top and around the edge of the lid.

  22. This is an awesome idea! I love the look of it and I’m pretty sure I have some of those glass lids lying around somewhere. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have a great week.

  23. What a good idea and I don’t even have to go to the store to do it I have a lid and I have some old chain and will just use some wire to hook it together.

  24. What a cute idea! Love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  25. What a great idea for reusing those old casserole tops. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm this week.

  26. Crystal @whattreasuresawait says:

    This caught my eye at Welcome Home Wednesdays. I’m actually working on something similar right now. This is a great idea! Thanks for linking up!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Crystal- it’s actually an older project (from last year), but I still use it to this day! 🙂

  27. Perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Jocelyne Cote says:

    Merci pour toutes ces belles idées si magnifiques les unes apres les autres, bravo!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Je vous remercie! (Je devais traduire votre commentaire, mais je suis tellement heureux que ça vous a plu!)

  29. That is perfect for feeding the squirrels peanuts off the ground also Thanks for the idea.

  30. Wow! Very creative! Great idea! Thank you!

  31. Such an absolutely great idea! I love this and have to try it! Thank you for sharing.

  32. This would probably work for a butterfly feeder too. Easy to wash too. Great Idea !!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Absolutely- it’d be perfect for the flutterbys! And YES the easy to clean part is perhaps my favorite part. 🙂

  33. Love it and have one. Actually, you can recycle/reuse the chain and clips on a hanging metal planter – which is what I did. And I used a white ironstone tureen lid for the bath!

  34. Donna Halvorsen says:

    Great idea. Would be really cute if painted or some kind of fabric decoupage or something else on the underside.

  35. Donna DeVries-Hestand says:

    Not as durable, but you could put a lid in a macrame plant holder. I would hang this one where it gets indirect sun.

  36. Great job and i’m a succker for anything bird related!! Thanks for dropping by Throwback Thursday with your post this week! 🙂

    Mollie

  37. lrhendricks.av10@gmail.com says:

    I used to do macrame back in the day. This would look good week with jute like the chain you used. Great idea.

  38. Jennifer Angel says:

    I am so glad you posted this! I have some vintage glass light diffusers I could do that with. I was going to drill some holes, too, but didn’t want to because I didn’t want to break them. Also thought of using them for hanging plants and use the original holes for drainage instead for hanging.

  39. I just bought a box of 16 glass lids at an auction for $2. My friends are going to be getting bird baths! Thanks for the creative idea!

  40. Ok Sarah, another wonderful project to make in time for our back yard birds and we have lots of them. When we give our chickens what we call their treats, several other birds come around to snack on chickens leavings. Have few pair of doves, little bitty birds, whatever. We’ll see them start lining up on fence waiting for treat time and on electric/phone wires. Think we’ve been feeding several birds since we got our chickens.
    Can hardly wait to make this bird bath for them, won’t they enjoy that? Thx so much for another doable, affordable helpful project.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Absolutely! I think my favorite part about this project is that it’s so easy to clean, because let’s face it- bird baths can get pretty icky after awhile.

  41. Great idea!! I bet the birds love it!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  42. Oh my gosh I have tossed out so many lids like this! We’ve wanted a bird bath for a long time and this would be perfect. Last year I had a water feeder for the birds and the cackles would bring their prey (baby birds) and wash them in it. I couldn’t stand the sight of that and got rid of it. I think I’m ready to try again with a lid turned bath like this. Fingers crossed! Thanks for hanging out with us again at Celebrate Your Story.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      OMG, I can totally understand why you boycotted a bird bath after that! How horrifying for you… 🙁 🙁 🙁

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