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.
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.
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!