Glass totem bird baths. Recycling and repurposing glassware thrift finds such as bowls, plates, vases, candy dishes, bottles, etc., make wonderful bird baths ~ each one unique and fun to make.
There are so many different shapes, colors and designs of glass, china and ceramics that you probably will find or make two the same. To make these wonder pieces of garden art, all you need is a collection of glassware and some GE Silicone II window and door adhesive.
The following are some wonderful examples of glass totem bird baths.
Cobalt blue looks great in any garden. Here is a terrific example of matching colored glass with china plates to create on-of-a-kind glass bird baths. Source: www.bhg.com
Cut glass totem bird bath by fossilfly.com. The bowl on this bird bath is a little deep, but just add some pretty stones, sea glass, beads, or marbles and the water would be a perfect depth for the birds to splash around in. I like how you can easily remove the bowl and have a beautiful garden table.
This is a great example of how a cut glass bird bath looks with some pretty glass stones and marbles. Source: spirit580
Amber glass totem bird bath by spirit580. Where you place your birdbath is an important decision. If cats cruise your neighborhood, make sure you put it in a relatively open area, ideally at least three feet from shrubs or other types of cover so that the birds can spot the covert cats. Also, if you put a bird feeder near your birdbath, you'll attract birds to the bath even faster. Refill it with fresh water daily.
Shabbyjoe uses tall colorful retro glass vases for the pedestal portions of these totem glass bird baths.
Vintage glass garden art, bird bath. Cut and etched glass shimmers and shines in the sun and brightens up any garden or outdoor living space. Source: ReCreationsinGlass
Fun, colorful and whimsical small bird bath totem by Edengardenglass. Two happy frogs sit on a crystal candleholder center, one frog is sitting on a mushroom and the other sits below on a lilly pad with big smiles. The piece measures 17 1/2 in tall. The bottom bowl measures 7" in diameter and the top plate measures 8" in diameter. Beautiful bright colors of orange/red/yellow/green and white. A birdbath that will brighten up your garden for years to come. So Cute!
All pieces are selected from thrift stores and made carefully with quality products so they will withstand outdoor temperature changes. Although it is recommended they are brought in for winter.
I really love the use of ceramic or porcelain birds in the center of these shabby chic bird baths by B.Sim Artist.
"Polatems" (pots, plates, totems) birdbaths, bird feeders by Patty S. Patty S. had so much fun putting these "Polatems" together. She collected beautiful vases, bowls, pots and plates from thriftshops and garage sales. She started with a hole 12" deep, inserted a piece of rebar, (which can be purchased at a hardware store in any length of your choice). Fill the hole with concrete. Level the rebar to make it straight. Once the concrete dries (overnight is good), start putting the pots and plates onto the rebar in an artistic order, gluing them as you go. She used glass glue (Silicone II) from the hardware store, it comes in a caulking tube. Patty suggests using a level to keep each pot or plate straight. You can add pieces in the middle such as a large dish or serving tray to be used as a bird bath or bird feeder. Just be creative. Top it off with a glass ball, a ceramic bird or whatever suits your fancy.
Here is another twist on a totem bird bath, except instead of a vase or bottles thriftyrebel used a metal candle holder and ceramic base for the bird bath pedestal.Here is what she used: A wrought iron candle holder (it's upside down in the photo), a ceramic base (not sure what it really is), a glass coaster, and a glass bowl. The cost of all these items was $1.75. She balanced the glass coaster on the top of the candle holder, on the three arms, and adhered it with the GOOP glue. She then left it to dry until the next day. She had to make sure the coaster was very securely attached before she glued the glass bowl on to the coaster. Since the bowl isn't very deep, it can easily be used as a bird feeder.
Birds are unlikely to be found splashing and flitting about in a soiled, debris-strewn birdbath. They are, however, much more likely to frequent a clean birdbath.
Cleaning your birdbath is essential to the health and safety of any wild bird visitor. Frequent cleaning helps prevent algae growth, disease transmission, and pesky mosquitoes from using it as a breeding ground. It also keeps your birdbath free of unsightly feathers, droppings, stains, organic buildup, and more.
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