I was going to write this post last week, but I had to wait until after Mother’s Day, since this is what I made for my Mother-in-law, who also reads my blog (Hi Mom!)
I saw this picture of this crystal bird bath on a blog I follow called Addicted 2 Decorating. She had a link to another blog called BarefootButterfly Studio with the details of how it was made and as soon as I saw it I knew it would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift for my Mother-in-law, who loves to put more than just plants in her yard. The great thing about this is it looks like a million bucks, but doesn’t cost very much to make. All you need is some time to hit the thrift stores to find the pieces you want to fit together to make your own creation. As you can see, the one I made looks very different from the one above. I didn’t want it to look quite so formal, plus I was a little restrained on time because I only saw this idea the week before Mother’s Day. I had some other ideas in mind, but was not able to find all the pieces I needed in the short amount of time that I had. I still think it turned out great though!
Here is how I made mine…
After I found the pieces that I wanted, I took them home and washed and dried them all very well. I also let them sit for a while to make sure they were completely dry.
The glue that was recommended was Household Goop Glue but the store where I was at didn’t carry it and so I bought J-B Weld ClearWeld Syringe. I don’t know how the Household Goop would have worked but the J-B Weld was amazing! I would highly recommend it!
So once you have your glass pieces and your glue, you are ready to assemble your bird bath. You will want to put newspaper or something down to cover your work surface. You do not want to get this glue on your table, as it is difficult to clean up. I did use newspaper, I just didn’t want it in my pictures.
I took the advice of Carolyn from BarefootButterfly and used a turn table plate out of a microwave for the base. I turned it upside down so it would sit flat and it provided a very sold foundation for the bird bath. I would definitely recommend doing this. Then I started gluing the pieces together in sections. I think it was easier to work with that way.
I need something heavy to set on top of the bowl that I glued to the microwave plate since it didn’t want to seal very well. The heaviest thing I could find that would sit on top nicely was my daughter’s science experiment. (don’t worry, it may look gross, but it is just dirt, sand, rocks, and water) It made a great weight for this project though.
Then I glued the sections together and voilá it’s a bird bath!
Here’s a list of the pieces I used in my bird bath (from the bottom up)
- Microwave turn table plate – upside down
- Large serving bowl – upside down
- Vase – also upside down
- Drinking glass
- Shallow fruit bowl
- Crystal goblet – upside down
- Candle holder
When it was all said and done, the entire project took only 2 hours to assemble and most of that was drying time for the glue and the total cost of everything, including the glue, was right at $20.
After making this one, I think I might try to find pieces of vintage colored glass and try another one. I am thinking it will take me a little longer to collect the pieces for that one, but that’s okay – I’m up for the challenge!