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DIY Bird Bath

I was thinking of buying a good looking bird bath but they all seemed so expensive so I ended up creating my own.

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I finally did it & i think it will still need some improvement. But here’s the things you will need to make this.

Note: I made some changes to the Birdbath later on as this one is too wobbly on a windy day so made 2 bird baths out of one & now they are steeply steady.

 

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Yard cup which is a 2 feet tall sippy cup, I used 6 of them altogether for 3 legs.

River stones or pebbles 5 packets

G02 glue or Loctite.

Arcylic paint of your choice

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A sturdy plate or plywood

Matte Mod podge

A clay saucer

2 beach pebbles

First, I sanded the yard cups thoroughly using the sandpaper until the smoothness is gone . Then get rid of all the dust from the cup using a clean cloth or rinse and dry it.

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Now you need to select the color you want to paint on it. I picked Martha Stewart’s Multi surface Satin Acrylic craft paint & painted the cup.

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Once they are dry add the stones inside. I just dumped them in the first couple & then realized that’s too messy so added them in small Ziplocs & dropped them in which is easier when you have to close & glue them together. Add as many as you feel or fill it up all the way . Then glue both of the cups together using the Go2 or Hot glue gun.

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If you dont want to decorate any further you can skip the next one.

i used Applebee’s Nature Acrylic Craft Paint which is not too glossy & wont scare the birds away. I used the back of a paint brush to make polka dots all over.

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Afterwards let that dry thoroughly, then apply mod podge over it to give that a finished look.

Then let that dry for the amount of time mentioned on the cover.

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Then get a plate which is somewhat the same size of the pot saucer & add it to the top of the legs after arranging them in a triangle shape. Then apply the glue to the top of each leg using loctite & press down the plate on top. If you are using a plywood cut that into a size of the saucer.

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Once this is dry, place the saucer on top & adjust.

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Fill that up with water & add 2 beach pebbles in it. Beach pebbles in the bath will help smaller birds which can get themselves up on top of them to dry off and get their bearings again.

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Pickerel Rush

My water garden have been a visual treat for eyes for the past one month! The lily bloomed three times already & its the pickerel rush’s turn & its blooming in half a dozen at a time!

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Water Lily

Finally my Water lily bloomed after over an year of testing my patience! Its a hardy water lily which is a result from crosses between European and North American species. It is an excellent permanent residents of water gardens.DSCF7371 DSCF7372 DSCF7374 DSCF7377 DSCF7378

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Texas Lantana

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I love this plant & its flower, the Texas Lantana. It is considered a pesky weed by some folks; Its a true testimony to the plant’s nearly indestructible traits. Texas Lantana blooms with masses of orange/yellow flowers that seem endless. The plant is drought tolerant, disease and pest resistant and thrives. It is a perfect choice for a low maintenance informal and wild flowerbeds although it works well in more formal arrangements. Xeriscape ready, provide Texas Lantana with ample space because it will get quite big.

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Courtesy: AustinNativeLandscaping


Nesting Finch couple

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A finch couple has been trying to build a nest in my backyard. I found them trying to build their nest on top the light fixture & where they have only limited space to even perch.

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They kept on trying for so many days in vain.

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Then the next day I see that the bird tried to lay egg & it somehow ended up in the floor. sigh!!

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Hope they will find a better, safe & secure place to build their nest!

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Courtesy: Will Elder, NPS