How to Make A Cute Serving Bowl Birdbath For $5

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish
Serving bowl birdbath

Serving bowl birdbath.

We’ve always been dog people, my husband and I, though recently I’ve discovered my love of birds. Since hanging a bird feeder outside my window, I’ve spent the last couple months observing the very interesting and ever busy goings-on of these fine feathered fledglings. I figured, if one bird feeder attracted this much activity, why not add another feature and double the fun?

So, with that, and recalling a project I had seen online using a glass bowl as a bird bath, I thought I’d do a little kitchen spring cleaning and see what I might find in there. Digging way up into the cupboards, I pulled out a cracked and “oh-I-forgot-I-had-that” serving bowl…perfect! The following weekend, I moseyed on down to the Habitat for Humanity in Garden Grove thinking I’d find some kind of pipe or wood poll I could use as the holder for my serving bowl. Actually, I found something even better: a spindle table leg for just $2.00!

Excitedly, I returned home, and after looking at the supplies and tools list, I was thrilled that this project would cost me just about $5.00 total! Luckily, I already had the tools, most of the supplies and serving bowl. I just needed some glue ($2.49) and the table leg ($2.00). At this point, I was ready to go. Soon the pool would be open.

Here’s what you need:

Tools and supplies.



• sand paper & block

• ruler

• serving bowl

• scrap wood piece

• table leg


• paint and brush (optional)

• screw

waterproof glue

• drift wood piece or branch (optional)

safety glasses

Here’s what you do:

Prep table leg.

1. Prep table leg: using a hacksaw, remove the small insert peg at the top of the leg. Sand it down so that it is flat and even.

Drilling center of table leg.

2. Drill center of table leg: be sure to find the center of your table leg, then drill a hole making sure to go in straight.

Prepping stabilizing piece.

3. Prep stabilizing piece: find any scrap wood and, if necessary, cut and sand it to fit the bottom of your serving bowl (it doesn’t need to be perfect nor round). Optional: paint the bottom of the piece (the side that will be showing) a simple coat of white (or whatever color your bowl is), to give it that extra attention to detail.

Drilling center of stabilizing piece.

4. Drill center of stabilizing piece: using a ruler and pencil, find the center of your scrap wood piece, then drill a hole all the way through.

Screwing base and table leg together.

Finished bird bath base.

5. Screw base and table leg together: using the clamp, screw together the wood piece and the table leg to complete your bird bath base.

Finding the bowl’s center.

6. Find the bowl’s center: to insure the bird bath is stable, use your ruler to find the center of the bowl.

Gluing base and bowl together.

7. Glue the base and bowl together: using a generous amount of glue (I used Liquid Nails), apply to the base, then place it onto the center of the bottom of the bowl. Note: to insure a good, solid hold, immediately remove the base and let the glue cure for about 1-3 minutes. Then replace the base to the bottom of the bowl.

Attaching perch.

8. Attach perch (optional): glue the perch onto the side of the bowl and be sure to place a brick or something to hold it in place. Allow at least 2-3 hours to dry. Note: you can do this before or after you glue the bowl to the base. I did it beforehand.

Drying time!

9. Allow to dry: give your new bird bath about 24 hours of drying time. All done! Just place anywhere in your garden, preferably where you can observe the birdies, fill with water, and enjoy endless hours of feathered fun!

Serving bowl birdbath open for business

Serving bowl birdbath open for business!

Bird bath complete! The prettiness of the serving bowl and finished table leg adds a posh and expensive-looking garden decor.

Updated Tip! If you find that you have problems with algae in the hot weather, add a few copper pennies or a chunk of copper pipe (must be real 100% copper). The water will stay clear. –Thanks to HomeJelly reader, Rhana Thomson for this handy suggestion!

Birdbath in the garden

Birdbath in the garden.

This bird bath in the garden is already inviting birds to take a plunge!

Not bad for $5.00! We’d like to say “thank you!” to all the Habitat for Humanity ReStores for your fantastic finds (a special shout-out to the Garden Grove ReStore). View some of the current items for sale (typically, 50% less than retail) at their DiggersList storefront. Click in to find a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area. If you have completed this project, or one you’ve done on the cheap, write in and tell us about it! Email us at: [email protected]

Photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).

  • Evie

    How does it not topple over with just the one leg for support? Is it pushed into the ground quite a ways?

    • Skaie Knox

      @ Evie…Yes! The bottom of the table leg is quite narrow, so I was able to push it into the ground about a foot. If you have a leg that is a bit wide at the bottom, I would first dig down with a trowel, then, before gluing on the bowl, I’d use a rubber mallet to pound the leg into the ground so that it’s secure. Finally, glue the bowl in place. Hope that helps! Thanks for dropping in!

      • Erika Hatcher

        That was my question as well! Thanks for answering!

        • Skaie Knox

          Glad this thread was of help, Erika!

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  • Shirley DuPree

    If the air temperature is going to go to freezing or below, you would need to remove the water or the bowl will crack when the water freezes. .

    • Skaie Knox

      Good point, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • clara

    I love the bird bath! Wonderful idea! i am going to make some of these. Thanks for sharing.
    If you find that you have problems with algae in the hot weather, add a few copper pennies or a chunk of copper pipe (must be real 100% copper). the water will stay clear.

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi Clamey! Wow! Great tip regarding the copper pennies! We’re going to add an update with your suggestion! PLEASE send us photos of your birdbath when you’re done! Send to [email protected]. Thank you!

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    Your Comment here…fine


    what kind of paint would i use that will not harm birds or peel.and should i clear it when done painting .and what kind of clear would i use?? i love this idea.i actually bought a really cool bowl from the dollar store to do this.but it is plastic can i use it??thank you

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi Andrea! Good questions, those! According to, in general, you should look for paints which:
      – do not contain lead, zinc or chromate
      – are “high adhesion”, formulated to bond with the metal surface
      – are hard-wearing
      – are fast drying

      So, if you’re talking about a plastic bowl, I might advise not to paint it, as birds could quite easily scrape it off with their sharp beaks. Instead, if you want something colorful for your yard, paint just the outside of you bowl or add fun adhesives or hot glue colorful glass beads, rocks or even coins! Just be sure the inside, where birds will be drinking from is nice and clean. Good luck…I hope this helps!

  • Patricia Turner

    I love this idea!! I wanted another bird bath & this is a wonderful idea. Thank you so much,

    • Skaie Knox

      You’re so welcome, Patricia! Please email us a photo if you make one! Send to [email protected]…good luck!!!

  • Terry Harness

    Thanks for sharing! Just purchased spindles at Restore and can’t wait to get started!!

    • Skaie Knox

      You’re welcome, Terry! Hope it turns out fantastically! Thanks for stopping in!

  • Lynn Guiffrida Maggio

    So sweet! My project for tomorrow. Many thanks.

  • tim fallon

    PLEASE be careful regarding copper. I -think- if your birdbath is made out of certain materials (example some plastics) it may make the water more acidic, which then may strip more copper into the water.. killing not just algae, but also the birds. I’m about to build a bird bath with an automatic water jet to self-clean every few days.. perhaps consider this if possible

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