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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Setting the upside-down lid in the center of the cradle, I was ready to finish up!
I gathered the four long chains and hooked them on a quick link (I LOVE these things).
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??
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).