April 27, 2012 6:00 am

DIY Lamp Bird Bath

Dude!

You totally need a lamp bird bath.

By the time I am through with y’all, there’s going to be lamp bird baths lighting up your hood!

Bahahaha!

Lighting. 

That’s awesome.

So here’s what you need:

Lamp. Drill. Bowl. Epoxy glue.

And spray paint if you wish.

First things first: cut the cord.

(No husbands deeply attached to their mothers jokes if you please.)

Next: Take it apart. Most lamps are made of sectioned pieces that all fit on a metal rod. After removing the lightbulb and shade support, you should be able to twist the lightbulb housing to the left. Of the three bird baths I made, two twisted right off, one I had to use some needle-nose pliers to help get it off.

You want to remove enough pieces so that the top part of the metal rod is exposed. (See below.)

This exposed piece is what you attach your bowl to.

Now you need to drill a hole in your bowl. Make sure you use a drill bit wide enough for a snug fit. Also, if you decide to use a glass bowl, be sure to use a drill bit intended for glass! Very important.

After drilling the hole, slide your bowl over your lamp base. Next, use 5 minute epoxy to glue your bowl onto the base. If you have a metal washer from the top pieces you removed you can add it now, but the epoxy will be strong enough without. While you still have mixed glue, I would also recommend adding an embellishment to the top. If your lamp had a decorative finial on the top, this would work well. Think of it as a decorative touch, or a special seat for birds.

Awhhh. So nice.

Side note: You can use other glues or adhesives, but I found epoxy worked best. DO NOT use a glue gun. Glue gun glue will melt in direct sunlight. Just ask the Easter wreath I made last year when I found five billion cracked Easter eggs on my front porch. Oh no wait, you can’t ’cause I threw a tantrum and then chucked it in the trash.

Give your bird bath at least 24 hours to set and dry, and then it’s ready to move outdoors!

Here’s how mine turned out:

And here’s the third before:

And after:

And finally, a peak at how they look in my yard:

The cool thing about this project is no two bird baths are going to be the same.

Unless you are my internet stalker, and you cut your hair the same way and wear the exact same clothes as me everyday. If so, you totally need to get some highlights man.

Seriously, if you go to a thrift store or search yard sales, chances are you are going to find totally different items that would work. And you should! Have fun with this, and be creative!

Want to see more of my Studio 5 segment projects? Stay tuned for ceramic pots coming up first thing next week!

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10 Comments

  • You are so cool! That is all…could I say more? Oh yeah, WOW, I want to be just like you!

  • I love love love the bundt cake birdbath! I these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • Can I just say hardly ever post anything, but the comment about chucking the wreath in the trash gave me the best morning laugh! Hilarious! Sounds so much like my world! :) Love your ideas!

  • Myrna

    These birdbaths are so cool. Your writing is delightful, had me chuckling. I have been collecting lamps at yard sales, guess I need light in my life. It’s time to bring them down from the attic and make bird baths. The one question I have is, do the birds visit these birdbaths? Well, two questions, I read somewhere that the bowls should be more shallow? The bundt pan would be too deep wouldn’t it? Ah three questions. I have in mind a old blue glass lamp fixture for one of mine, I want to make. Thankfully it has a whole already in the middle, probably need a rubber washer.
    All three birdbaths delightful, thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie Wright

      Hi Myrna! We have definitely seen birds visit our bird baths. I actually don’t put bird seen in them at all. Our sprinklers tend to fill them with a little water each day, and the birds stop by for a drink from time to time. I would agree that the more shallow the better, especially if you are going to put bird seed in them. Good luck!

  • Karen

    I’m new to your site and love it…thanks!
    So, I’m ready to make the bird bath and am wondering what you have used to attach the base to a lampshade that already has a bigger hole, about 2″ ??
    Rubber washers? What else will help keep it in place as well as help plug it up so to speak?
    Thanks for you suggestions!!
    Kw

    • Natalie Wright

      Hi Karen! For the bird bath you definitely have to be creative when it comes to the assembly. I think metal washers would be ideal, and use a 5 minute epoxy glue to hold it all together. If it seems a bit wobbly the glue should help hold it steady, and it’s waterproof too. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  • Thank you so much, just adore this great bird bath! Cant wait to see a few of these in my garden!
    All the best
    Desiree

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