Hanging Bird Bath from a Casserole Dish Lid

Hanging Bird Bath from a Casserole Dish Lid

Once upon a time, we had a hanging bird bath, the concept of which I really liked. BUT, it was plastic and impossible 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, so let’s get right to it.



I decided to use a very cheap, but completely durable thrift store purchase as the bath- a casserole dish lid! It’s shallow but sturdy, and with a little chain from the hardware store, remarkably easy to hang!

Casserole dish lid from thrift store for upcycling into hanging bird bath or glass bird bath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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Glass Bird Bath Made with Casserole Dish Lid

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

Using metal chain and a casserole dish lid to make a hanging bird bath or glass bird bath for garden decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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” or pot lid holder that my upside down casserole dish lid will sit in.

Creating a pot lid holder from metal chain for repurposing casserole dish lid into hanging bird bath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

Pot lid holder made of metal chain to hold casserole dish lid as bird bath bowl to hang in garden or yard by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Setting the upside-down casserole dish lid lid in the center of the pot lid holder, I was ready to finish up my glass bird bath or hanging bird bath!

Upcycling a casserole dish lid from the thrift store into the best bird bath that is easy to clean for hanging in garden by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I gathered the four long chains of my pot lid holder and gathered them on a quick link (I LOVE these things).

Using a quick link to connect a pot lid holder made from metal chain for a casserole dish lid as a hanging bird bath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hanging Bird Bath / Best Bird Bath from a Casserole Dish Lid

And just like that, my glass bird bath was ready to hang out in the yard.

Pot lid holder and casserole dish lid repurposed into bird bath bowl or hanging bird bath for garden decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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 that is easy to clean and shallow enough for small birds. Upcycling a casserole dish lid into a hanging bird bath really is the best bird bath, right?

The best bird bath is a hanging bird bath made from a casserole dish lid and a pot lid holder made from metal chain by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Here’s a few of the glass bird bath / hanging bird bath from underneath. The pot lid holder made from metal chain works perfectly. For cleaning the bird bath, I can just slip out the lid…clean it…and hang it back in the chain. SO easy and much better for the birds, too.

Glass bird bath or bird bath bowl made from casserole dish lid and pot lid holder made from chain by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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). Just a word of caution if you decide to upcycle a casserole dish lid into a bird bath bowl and hanging bird bath for your own yard.

Interested in more upcycling ideas for birds? Please check out this collection of repurposed bird feeders and bird baths before you go! 

Amazing upcycling ideas for DIY bird bath and the best bird feeders made from repurposed materials for your bird feeder pole as compiled by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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!


  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.

  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

  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. 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!

  27. Perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Jocelyne Cote says

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

  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 !!!

  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! 🙂


  37. 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… 🙁 🙁 🙁

  43. Fabulous project, Sadie! I am doing this, this weekend! A happy follower! Beth.

  44. I knew this would be awesome! Totally sharing this with my mom these would look great on their farm!

  45. I love the idea of recycling my glass lids. I got way too many “orphan” ones! I plan to make one before spring comes: just need to get some chain.

  46. Great Idea

  47. Thanks for sharing this project. I have tried this idea myself and easy to handle for back yard birds.

  48. This is such a clever idea! I love little gems like this, I have a few carabiners lying around at work that will do quite nicely for this little life hack! Bookmarked for other cool ideas for the coming Summer months.


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