The Pintester Movement – Bird Bath

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought

   So Sonja Foust, THE Pintester, sort of challenged her readers to test a pin. Click here to see what she and the other testers are up to today. Recently I heard on the radio how birdbaths attract birds (duh), and as I can’t have my feeders out in the summer because of the BEAR, I’ve decided a birdbath may be the ticket. And along came Sonja’s Challenge, just the thing to make me do it.

First of all, you can’t look at my dirty house. I can’t be expected to actually do a pin if I have to clean my house first. Sorry, but that’s the truth of it. Also I did this on my Birthday, and there is no way in H E double toothpicks I’m going to clean house on my birthday.

This is the original idea. Don’t expect mine to come out looking anything like this. I tend to be a little “unique” in my production of things. This Birdbath is pretty and blue, I like it.



I went to the local Recover store and bought $16 worth of glassware and put it through the dishwasher. I wasn’t about to hand wash all that glass! 111_8615








I sort of knew what I wanted to do, but this particular pot lid was giving me fits. It’s nice and heavy and would make a great base – but flip it over and it makes a pretty good bowl for the birdbath. I decided to go with the base. I just had a feeling about it. 111_8617 111_8616









That’s when I noticed the silicone I bought wasn’t paint-able  Poop! My plan was to paint the thing blue like the one above. Well maybe it wouldn’t matter. Or maybe I wouldn’t paint it. I’d wait and see. Going to the hardware store to get the right stuff was not in the plan. I’d have to take a shower and get dressed, and no way was I doing that. It was my birthday. Although I will admit to showering before I went out to dinner.











Anyway I started fiddling with the pieces trying to  decide which way they should go. Like which of these big vases should go first… 111_8619 111_8618










I glued my choice on (you may notice I’m not very good with glue here.) and then fiddled with options for the next few while waiting for it to set. If you look carefully you will see my helper sitting on the couch with her stick.










Here’s a little slide show of me fiddling about:

Only it takes 24 hours to cure, so then I threw caution to the wind and just started gluing with abandon.   Look ma, I’m getting better more creative with the glue. OMG – DO Not LOOK at my house. It’s the dog. The dog dragged crap all over. That is not my shoe.  Time to look at the NEXT picture!










I got to this point and realized I should have glued it together outside. It was going to be too big to move. Drat.











So I glued the next two levels separately so that I could assemble outside in the garden.












You may have noticed that another platter appeared out of nowhere. I had it already and decided it needed to be used belonged in this project. I waited until I could pretty safely move the pieces outside, which luckily coincided with the rain finally stopping. I glued the last two pieces on and voila!

A beautiful glass birdbath! And it was almost ridiculously easy, too!


111_8656 111_8655And here’s the link to the other “craft all the things” posts!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Therese June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Well, that turned out lovely! And inspiring — I’m going to have to try this myself…

My dog likes to drink out of our birdbath — I hope yours doesn’t decide that birdbath water must be better/fresher than what’s in the water dish!

And belated happy birthday! Good on ya for making the day what you wanted it to be!


Laura June 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

Ooh, how pretty! Have you seen any good birds yet?


Kate June 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

No, not yet. But I’m hoping!


Beth Caudill May 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I think cropping was invented to hide dirty counters/living rooms.

Awesome idea for that bird bath. I hope the pretty birds appreciate your hard work.


Kate May 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

If only the mess wasn’t right behind the birdbath. I should have photoshopped it out but I’m too lazy. Hence the messy house…


Lydia May 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I am SO GLAD I’m not the only person whose internet photos do not show an immaculate house. Blaming the dog seems the way to go. Though I don’t actually have a dog. Eh, well.

Impressive pin!


Lora May 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Pretty! I would totally paint it. Because I like to paint some shit, I can tell you. I would have argued with our dogs and dropped something glass and had a panic attack over it…you’re brave!


Kate May 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Foolhardy, not brave. No forethought at all!


Kylie May 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Happy belated birthday! And the birdbath turned out fab. Props!


Natalie May 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

That is a cool project. I’ve been wanting to attract birds or butterflies to my yard, maybe this is what I need.


Carol-Ann May 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Fab birdbath 🙂


Darlene May 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

What a clever idea! Now I know what to do with all my random plates & vases. . . .


Pintester May 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

That is so cool! I’m really glad it worked. 🙂 Thanks very much for participating!


Sue Schlabach May 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

You slay me. Love the funny crossed out bits and I averted my eyes when you told me not to look. Pesky pets and kids can sure mess up a house! I love the birdbath. It looks worthy of flowing champagne. Happy belated birthday to you!!!!!!!!!


Judy, Judy, Judy May 30, 2013 at 4:13 am

Wow what an awesome bird bath.


Skye May 30, 2013 at 2:39 am

It’s pretty! You could paint it blue with white swirls and stripes and then the non-paintable glue wouldn’t stand out so much. But it’s lovely as is, too. Good work!


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