How to Make a Ceramic Bird Bath
A ceramic bird bath introduces an ornamental element while attracting birds to your garden. Watching regional birds drinking and bathing in season reinforces the cycle of nature in your yard wile providing a relaxing atmosphere. You can customize a ceramic bird bath by decorating it with broken ceramic tile to form a mosaic. For those who want to enjoy watching birds on the garden or the lawn, here is a simple instruction to building a simple ceramic bird bath.
Step 1 – Gather and Prepare Materials
Gather the necessary materials needed to build a birdbath. Purchase ceramic pieces from a supply store or break pieces of old or damaged ceramic into smaller pieces according to one’s preference. Build a bird bath out of cement if one is not yet ready. Prepare a birdbath mold, mix a sufficient amount of concrete and pour concrete into the mold. Allow the mixture to dry before proceeding with the rest of the steps.
Step 2 – Wear Safety Equipment
Before working on the ceramic pieces, make sure to wear gloves and goggles to protect the body from any harm.
Step 3 – Break Ceramic into Right Pieces
Wrap pieces of ceramic using a rag and tap it with a hammer to produce ceramic pieces of just the right size. Perform this procedure until the right size is achieved. There is no need to follow this step when the ceramic pieces are bought from a supply store, because they are already in the right sizes.
Step 4 – Glue the Ceramic Pieces
The best way to apply concrete glue to the ceramic pieces is to apply them under the pieces themselves and not directly to the concrete bird bath. One by one, stick the ceramic pieces on the surfaces of the concrete bird bath. Follow any pattern that may look good on concrete surface. If preferred, cover the entire surface of the cement bird bath so that no trace of the cement is seen.
Step 5 – Allow the Glue to Dry and Apply Grout
After covering the surfaces with ceramic pieces, allow the glue to dry. Mix the grout according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Apply the grout onto the cracks in between the glued ceramic pieces using a putty knife. Use a finger to work the grout in smaller cracks. Wipe the excess grout with a damp cloth. Allow the grout to dry for about 48 hours.
Step 6 – Apply Tile Sealant
Apply tile sealant on the surfaces on the finished bird bath before filling it with water. Allow the sealant to dry for about 48 hours.
Step 7 – Position the Bird Bath
Place the bird bath in the garden or lawn and fill it with water to attract birds.