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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A DIY Lighting Parts Bird Bath

Are you ready for another Mother's Day Patio Makeover Project?  I sure hope so, only two more after this one.  So today, it's an  upcycled lighting parts bird bath:


I love this bird bath!  It reminds me of one of those fancy tulips. If you decide to upcycle yourself one of these bad boys, keep in mind that every piece is going to be different.  The way you attach things is going to be different.  You're going to have to wing it some of the time.  Let me show you how I did mine.  Er, tell you most of the time.  I wasn't very good about taking pictures for this one.

First, the basics.  You'll need an old or thrifted lamp base, some kind of bowl shaped object with a hole in the center (or be willing to drill one) and you'll need some silicone for sealing around the hole to make sure the water stays in.  Optionally, you may want to use some spray paint - I did!  And you may want to add some kind of embellishment to the center of the bowl to hide the silicone blob - I did!

To get started rip your lamp apart, if you're good with wiring lights then hang on to those parts and reuse them in another project.  Paint your lamp base if desired.  Mine was a pretty simple black base with a golden faux sponge finish.  It was pretty yucky, so I pulled out the bright pink spray paint and coated the entire lamp base a couple of times.

Before you attach the bowl consider where your bath will be? Is the bowl in danger of breaking easily?  My bowl is actually a ceiling light cover and is very fragile so I pulled out my drill and drilled a hole in each of the feet.  Make the holes large enough to accommodate a very long carriage bolt if it is to be "attached" to softer earth or screws if it will be screwed into a deck, like mine.



With that done, time to attach the bowl. When you pulled your lamp apart you should have been left with a threaded bit of rod at the top.  This is where you'll attach your bowl.  I didn't want it to snap when the glass hit the threaded rod so I slid on a rubber washer in just the right size to wiggle in between the two pieces, protecting the glass from shattering. Then I added a nut to the threaded rod to keep everything in place.


To make sure there was no leaking I added a blob of silicone (this is my favorite adhesive!) to the threaded rod and nut.  You can imagine it was pretty ugly so added more silicone and then took a clear votive holder and flipped it upside down on top of the blob.  Perfect!  Let that cure for a minimum of three hours and you're ready to bust out the bubble bath for the birds.

Yep, that's all there is to it!  You're going to try it right?

22 comments:

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    1. Well, I hope you do! I love finding the ugly thrift store stuff and turning it into pretties for the garden! Good luck with yours.

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  2. Tricia,

    Your birdbath is so smart, whimsical, beautiful, eco-friendly and so many more adjectives. Guess I'm trying to say that I REALLY like (no, make that LOVE) this project. Thank you for the idea and allowing me to be a copycat.

    You're website is very cool and you now have a new fan visiting from 52 Mantels.

    Cheers,
    Marie
    substanceofliving.blogspot.com

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    1. My goodness, I think I'm blushing! I do hope you copycat one or two of these for your very own. Have fun with it and thanks for swinging by.

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  3. What a fun idea. So creative. I love it. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesday-link-party-22.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Lauren. I'll take a gander!

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  4. What a great idea! Love it! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  5. You are brilliant! Love this! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Well now, I don't know about brilliant! But thanks!

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  6. Wow, what a super cool idea! Love how cute that birdbath turned out.

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  7. I am featuring your bird bath on my blog today. I just love how it turned out. So creative. I hope to see you tomorrow for another link party.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  8. I just love your bird bath's. All your outdoor ideas are so creative! Just loved your Mothers Day post.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. Hope you give it a try!

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  9. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/06/the-homeacre-hop-23.html

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Glad you could swing by.

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