DIY Project : Stacked Stone Bird Baths

stacked stone bird baths

DIY stacked stone bird baths … there is no such thing as too many bird baths

During this exceptionally hot, dry summer it has been more important than ever to make sure the birds have water sources. This stacked stone bird bath project is the latest in my “use what you have” repurposing ventures.

After building the fire pit this summer, I had about a wheelbarrow full of stone left over and have been thinking about ways to use it up. Then, I came across three galvanized trashcan lids at a garage sale for a dollar apiece, and came up with a plan.

I have seen bird baths and plant pillars made of stacked stone topped by fancy saucers and pots, and decided I could use that same technique with my materials.

stacked stone bird baths

Stacked Stone Bird Baths




It is a little tricky getting the stone stacked and sturdy, sort of a reverse Jenga game! But after fooling around with it for a while, I got the hang of placing the stones relatively level and testing each row as I went to see that it stayed put. About an hour was spent hauling and stacking stone, then filling up the three bird baths I had created.  The nice part is that I now have a great display in a spot under our front pine where nothing grows because of all the roots. Plus, if I decide I want to move it, this group of bird baths will easily come apart to be transferred or recycled into something else.

Start stacking!

First bird bath is finished!

Two down, one to go!







As I was building, my neighbor from across the street came over to see what I was up to. He looked a little skeptical when he saw my materials, but liked the results. Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think of my new bird baths!

stacked stone birdbaths

Fill with water and place artful rocks and knick-knacks in the center

stacked stone birdbaths

My stacked stone bird baths … and the birds love them!

2 Responses so far.

  1. Lyn Edington says:

    I love this! Well done! Have the birds used it yet?
    I wonder if landscape adhesive would work to keep the stones together? I have such a problem with raccoons that I am afraid they would knock it over.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Lyn! The birds are loving it. They seem to really like the large, shallow lids for bathing and are splashing around having a good time! The landscape adhesive (silicone, maybe?) might be a good idea if you have raccoons. The birds don’t knock these over, but larger animals might. I did put a rock on top of each one to anchor it a bit to help keep it in place.


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