Expensive Bird Bath?
Flip ’em the bird … make one for $6!

I know, I know …  I’m just being silly with money now.  $6 for a birdbath.  Will the frivolity never end?  It’s embarrassing really.  I’m thinking of changing my last name to Hilton.

Have you ever read the Tweets sent out by either of the Hilton girls by the way?  Um … eye opening.  Weekly Tweets go something like this:   Jetting to Vegas! followed by Courtside at Lakers game!! and then Packing for exotic vacation! Exhausted! Which I could handle without thinking snide thoughts if they weren’t followed by Friday Tweets that say “Wow!  TGIF!”  Um.  Really?!

Kay, back to me and how cheap I am.  (Says the girl who just ate $75 worth of cheese.  In the past half  hour)  This is the second in a series of 3 birdbath posts so …

If you’re new around here, click on my make a birdbath for free post before moving on with the rest of this post.  Just to give it all context and stuff and so you understand the complexity of the relationship between me and birds.  It’s kindda important.

This 2nd birdbath I’ve come up with for you is made with materials from my favourite Dollar Store, Dollarama.  I made it out of 3 black metal broom handles and a dinner plate.  If the birds don’t like it I can always join the circus.  Just not that Jim Rose one ’cause instead of spinning plates,  they’d probably make me stick the broom handle in my eye socket and have it come out my woman parts.  This, I’m fairly certain, would ruin my mascara and might exacerbate an already touchy situation with a yeast infection down there.

The Dollarama birdbath has a far more sleek and contemporary feel than the previous birdbath.  I know.  Who ever would have thought you could make a sleek and contemporary birdbath out of stuff from Dollarama.  But’cha can.  And you can do it for $6.  Observe.

If this ruffles your feathers, in a good way … this is what you need to make this.


3 black metal broom handles  @ $1.25 each

1 square, round or rectangular dinner plate  @ $2 (if you have a plate  at home that you can use  … bonus! … your birdbath will only cost $3.75 plus tax.

3 broom handles

The tips have to come OFF.

The plate I used was square.


To get the tips of the brooms off, just grab em with some channel locks or other wrench and just bend/pull them off. They’ll break at the base of the broomstick, the way an asparagus spear breaks at the right point when you bend it.

Grab the wrench with all the might you have and then BEND.  Use your muscles!  Show that broomstick who’s  boss.  You ARE.  You’re the boss of that broom stick!

Besides, lets face it, we’re talking about a $1.25 metal broomstick here.  It’s not gonna take much to bust it apart.

Once you have the tips off, hammer them into the ground. I’ve done this in such a way that the two broomstick comes towards the front of the plate, and one goes towards the back.

This creates a little bit of a criss cross effect. Just for fun. ‘Cause I’m a fun gal. And the birds who hang with me are fun. Fun, fun, fun.

This design is a bit tricky to level. If you don’t own a level, just fill the plate with water. This will make it obvious if the plate isn’t level and needs to be adjusted ’cause water won’t be even.


So to recap … our first birdbath was made for free out of stuff you find around the house. The second birdbath is made with broomsticks and a plate for $6. The next and final birdbath … $20. Forget the Hiltons … I’m goin’ Vanderbilt with this next one.



  1. Marlene Eastman says:

    Hi Karen!
    Found your site last week, we are practically neighbors- in Waterdown ?
    I was in the process of laying out a few schekles for a new bird bath and read your blogs on DIY. So, headed to the local Value Village and TA DA …. Bird bath!!! $13!! For a glass serving dish!
    Thanks for the idea, reading more blogs for saving and creating!!

    • Karen says:

      Welcome to the site Marlene! I’m actually coming very close to … gasp … buying a birdbath, lol! They have a beautiful, very contemporary one up at Terra that I have my eye on for when it goes on sale. :) ~ karen!

  2. sharon C says:

    Re: $6 birdbath, I’m guessing you glued the plate to the broom handles? I love this site, just found it today,while looking for ways to transfer pictures to wood the simplest way possible. Your tips were the best!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sharon C! Welcome to The Art of Doing Stuff! I actually didn’t glue the plate, but you definitely could. I’d use marine silicone (or any silicone really) to attach them. ~ karen!

  3. Katherine says:

    thanks for the tutorials! You are so funny! I bet we’d get along really well if we knew each other! :)

  4. Kristy says:

    Karen! Love your ideas on this site. Very much. Love your humor and writing style too of course.
    Seeing this article made me think I finally have a solution for my “broken” fogger dish stand deal I bought from a place that sells pretty bowls that light up and fog, and you can put oils in them. Unfortunately though, the electrical component keeps dying on the one I have so it just sits around because I can never find the right replacement deal for it. The base is some kind of metal and it holds this beautiful green swirly marbly glass bowl. I think I could put this outside and make birds happy…
    Its this one here item MS02 on http://www.mainlandmart.com/ftlamp.html Beautiful! if it would work indoors.

  5. lisa says:

    Karen – you’re posts are hilarious, and very cool to boot!

  6. kim says:

    Love all the birdbath ideas. I am wondering how you are attaching the legs to the bottom of the water “bowl” of such. Are you gluing with liquid nails or something durable like that? I have large crows dip into my birdbaths and if those were not attached, I think they would tip over and fall off.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim – I don’t use anything to attach the bowls to the legs. (otherwise it’d be too difficult to remove them to clean and fill the birdbaths) The baths themselves are heavy, plus when you fill them with water they get even heavier. So once you put them on sturdy legs (that have been pounded into the ground) the birdbaths don’t go anywhere. I’ve had big birds in my Ikea birdbath and high winds, etc. and never had a problem! :) ~ karen

  7. Tiana says:

    Nice papyrus next to the bird bath! Do you overwinter it outside?

    • Karen says:

      Kay, um … I had to look up what a papyrus was. And YES!! That is what I have. Good goin’! I saw this in the garden store earlier this year and had to buy a couple. I’d never seen it before and LOVED it. So I have no idea WHAT to do with it. Had no idea I could bring it inside. One is growing great but the other one isn’t sending up any new shoots so they may not even last until it’s time to bring them inside! :)

  8. ginger says:

    Love it! I want a bird bath, can’t wait to see the third option. I want something HUGE, got any ideas for that?!

  9. earthpuppy says:

    You’ve done it once again. Very cool. BTW, I thought about you this weekend while I was dancing with a chipper-shredder in my back yard. Here’s to more great, fun-to-read blogs!

  10. Cute! I’m not crafty or creative, unfortunately.

  11. Langela says:

    Nice and sleek. Looks good with the rest of your patio space.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Langela! I’m gonna be overrun with birdbaths soon. I think I’ll have to pick a favourite. Or .. let the birds do it.

  12. Tricia Rose says:

    That looks so sleek! Sleek means clean though, and I’m bad at cleaning things not under my nose. I know if I had it pretty soon it would be carrying a candle and pebbles, or potato chips, so I didn’t have to cope with all those mucky birdie footprints.

    I can see the sense of the dip-in-a-rock style though- dirt won’t show, won’t blow over, costs $500…

    • Karen says:

      You know .. I love the dip in a rock style. LOVE it. And um … I’ve actually been thinking of looking into how to do it myself. I’d also really like to design one and make it out of cement. Since a bird has yet to even come close to the birdbath … I’m not too worried about cleaning it.

      • Tricia Rose says:

        I cast a gunnera leaf in cement – a temporary aberration – but it would make a great bird bath now that I think of it…

      • Karen says:

        Kay I had to look up what a Gunnera leaf was. How BIG was that hunk of cement?

      • Langela says:

        Karen, how to make the cement one depends on how big you want it. If you want to cast one for imprinting you can just use a tray of sand and put your leaf, etc in the sand and shape it the way you want it. Remember it will be a mirror image of what you want, so probably make a little hill and put your leaves or rocks on the hill and then pour your cement over it. I think the stones would be cool as part of the bath, but if you don’t want the stones to be stuck you should cover them with a plastic wrap before pouring the cement. The organic stuff like leaves can just be rubbed or scraped off the cement with a brush after it is dry. Then just set it on the ground or make your legs (a log would be cool). The rock shape is more involved and uses things like chicken wire. It doesn’t have to be solid cement. That way you can move it, dump it, and wash it without frequent trips to the chiropractor.

  13. Courtnet says:

    Hi, Karen! I’m visiting from Waterstone this morning and I have to say, I’m crushing a little bit myself! Quickly falling in love with your blog. I think I’m staying! :)

    • Karen says:

      Courtnet – You can’t see, but right now I am winking at you. :) Thanks for visiting and feel free to stay as long as you like.

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