Published on July 1st, 2015 | by Kristen Swain8
Colorful Marble Bird Bath
I am always looking to recycle items around the house.
This planter bottom is a perfect example. The plastic planter itself broke, and it was so brittle after years of being outside. It became unusable, and I simply could not salvage it for further use.
However, this bottom piece was in good shape. I looked at it and saw an opportunity to use it in a different way.
I have used a kit to make stepping stones for my gardens. After using the kit, I knew I could create something just as wonderful and maybe a touch better than what the kit had in it. Thus, this Colorful Marble Bird Bath was born.
I bought a bag of mixed colored marbles like these. I actually bought them from the craft store, and I also added in some of the clear marbles I had from the dollar store. You can decide how much you want to spend on your stone. The bags at the dollar store have soft colors like blue, green and clear. The ones at the craft store come in a variety of colors and cost about $6 for a bag that is twice the size of the dollar store ones.
I have a fenced in yard, and no dogs, so I knew that leaving my bird bath on the ground in my garden would be perfectly fine. You could choose the same thing, or put it up on rocks or a stand. You could also gently and carefully tip the concrete out and create a beautiful stone decorative piece for your garden. I wouldn’t recommend it for stepping on, because of it’s thinness. But it does make a bright and festive colored piece in a garden.
First, you need to find a space to create this stone. Realize it will be a bit messy, and it will need to sit for several days undisturbed, while the concrete dries.
Also getting your marbles into a container to reach into easier is a good idea. I had a bucket of water there to dip my fingers in if some of the marbles went into the concrete too much as well.
I also recommend you wear gloves, concrete has lime in it, lime dries your hands out like the Sahara, and you will regret not wearing them. Of COURSE I didn’t wear any, and my fingers got dried out.
Next, clean your planter base out. If it has holes, tape over them with duct tape.
You can use this stepping stone mix, for the size base I have which is about 24″ around. I would use two boxes. They are about $8 a box.
You could also mix your own quantity using concrete mix that you buy by the bag at the local hardware store. A 50 lb bag is between $3-$5. You can ask the store clerk the best kind to buy for creating stones. Something with small or no rocks in it. Like a mortar. You could create 5 or so stones with that bag.
Mix your concrete, adding water until the concrete has a thick pancake or cake like batter look. Then, pour it into the planter base.
The excess water will rise to the top. Give it a tap or 6 to even out the pour spot.
Now you are ready to set your marbles. Eyeball the center point and place a stone in it.
Around that stone, add 6 marbles to create a flower.
Add a circle around the flower. then evenly space out 8 more flower centers.
Add more marbles to your stone in rows, and flowers to create the look you want.
Leave the stone alone for about 3 days to fully dry.
Once your stone is dry, there will be some residue around the flowers. Pour in a half gallon of water, then use a soft brush to gently clean off the residue from the stones.
Take your stone outside, and place it in your garden. Add a bucket full of water to it.
Now sit back and watch, once the birds discover it. They will love it! Keep water it in, and every few days let it dry out thoroughly to avoid growing algae.
Enjoy your bird bath for years to come!