Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole host of things that I am incorporating as the weeks go by into one of my garden beds. This recycled bird bath is now being put to use as a great looking plant stand.

This recycled bird bath becomes a garden plant stand with a few neat DIY tricks. thegardeningcook.com

This Recycled Bird Bath is now doing double duty as a plant stand in my test garden.

Richard was taking the dogs for a walk recently and saw what looked to him like a bird bath in the near by woods.  He brought the dogs home and went into the woods to see what shape it was in.  Unfortunately for us, it was broken in half and had no top.  Not only that, it had a big chunk out of the broken area so the top part would not balance on the bottom.  Undaunted and up to a challenge he came and got me to help him drag it out the woods.

Let me tell you, readers, you haven’t seen anything until you have watched us pushing a 50 pound bird bath, UP A HILL, a  heavily wooded area filled with water run off holes every where that you want to place your feet! It was all we could do to lift it, let alone bring it up to the road. But hubbie loves to please me, so we somehow managed.  He did most of the heavy lifting. I supervised. 😉  When we got it up and back to the yard, it looked like this.broken bird bath

 There was no way that the top would balance on the bottom because of the way that it was broken.  Fortunately for us, there was a hole right down through the center of both pieces.  Unfortunately for us, they were different sizes and the bottom one had a lot of extra cement in it.broken bird bath bottom

With a bit of chiseling and measuring, we got this project going.  We tested several supports to hold it in one piece, but ended up using a piece of 2″ x 2″ wood.Our foster dog Layla seems totally disinterested in our recycled bird bath project! I can just see her thinking “not again!”Layla approves!

Since the wood was square and the holes were round and slightly smaller, Richard got out his saw and electric planer.  We only had to sand one side, since only the bottom was too small for the wood. Lucky us!

sanding the pole to fit

Next step was to scrape out the extra cement from the bottom  We tried a variety of tools, but ended up using a hammer and chiselto do the job.  The wood was measured, cut, and then was placed in the top part of the bird bath.

assembling the stand

A quick flip of the top section and the two pieces are finally together.   Finished plant stand needs cementThe only thing left to do to finish this recycled bird bath was to mix some quick drying concrete and patch the seam so it would look more tidy.  Who would have ever thought that this plant stand started its life laying at the bottom of a ravine in the woods, broken in half?Re-purposed birdbath becomes a garden plant standThis garden bed has several other pieces of re-purposed junk that coordinate well.   This curved piece of concrete came from the garden of a lady that my husband helped out as part of a landscaping job last summer.  It looks great as a garden ornament with the violas planted in front of it.  

The only thing left to do now is to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the view of my recycled bird bath from my garden bench!Garden art

Have you decorated your gardens in a trash to treasure way?  What ideas do you have to share?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

To see more garden art projects, please visit my Pinterest board. And if you like recycled projects be sure to have a look at my cement blocks raised garden bed.

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  13 comments for “Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

  1. 04/30/2016 at 7:59 am

    What a great find! And what an eye your husband has! Most people would have walked right by that “piece of junk”.

    • Carol
      04/30/2016 at 9:55 am

      He is an expert at it! He is so sweet to bring me things like this. Great guy all around!

  2. Sandi
    05/02/2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love it! My guy is always bringing me things like that as well. I just never know what I’ll go home to find. It’s just adorable.

    • Carol
      05/02/2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Sandi. Last year it was a set of musical instruments. They turned out pretty well too!

  3. 05/02/2016 at 2:58 pm

    This is a great idea! Love it! Would you be willing to share this at our link party?

    http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2016/05/dishing-it-digging-it-link-party-94.html

  4. 05/02/2016 at 4:01 pm

    What a beautiful end results!! I especially loved the doggie photo bomb;)

    • Carol
      05/02/2016 at 4:33 pm

      Yes…all that work and she could have cared less. LOL Carol

  5. 05/03/2016 at 6:56 pm

    You have him well trained! What a great find, and congrats in salvaging something illegally dumped into the ravine.

    • Carol
      05/04/2016 at 11:28 am

      You have no idea what people will dump around here. At one time, one side of the street was all woods. It was a lovely walk. TWICE people dumped sofas on the side of the road!!

      • 05/04/2016 at 11:44 am

        Around here, they’ve (in their wisdom) closed the recycle center where you could drop stuff like that off, and people relied on it for good used furniture and all kinds of other stuff. The incidence of fly tipping has gone up dramatically in the past two months. Not good.

        • Carol
          05/04/2016 at 12:55 pm

          Very short sighted thinking.

          • 05/04/2016 at 1:19 pm

            It totally is. I don’t like the idea of the drug addicts going through the recycle center, then trying to sell the stuff they get there, but at least it was taking things out of the waste stream.

  6. 05/04/2016 at 8:21 pm

    Such a great way to recycle something that is interesting to look at! I wonder if you could use it for a gazing ball in the garden too. Thanks for linking it up this week to Dishing It & Digging It!

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