How to Make a Resin Bird Bath
A resin bird bath will be paradise for the birds to bathe and play in. You will not only be decorating your garden with a beautiful bird bath but also offering relief to the birds on a hot summer day. You can choose from a variety of bird baths ranging from cement resin to stone resin bird baths available in different shapes and sizes. However, if you don’t want to purchase an expensive birdbath you can make your very own bird bath at home and that also at a cheaper price. Follow the simple steps below and treat the birds.
Step 1 - Type of Container
You can use a plastic mold, a bowl or even garbage can lids as container for a bird bath. The birdbath needs to be shallower no deeper than two to three inches so that a bird can easily bathe in it. Keep the bottom surface of the container rough so that birds don’t slip.
Step 2 - Make the Hypertufa
A hypertufa birdbath is a convenient alternative to expensive birdbaths. It is made up of natural material and is durable and lightweight. To make the hypertufa you need to mix the fast-drying cement, the long-grain (un-milled) sphagnum moss and vermiculite in a large bucket. The amount of all the materials used will be determined by the quantity that is enough to cover the outside of the bowl/ tray or mold you are using. Keep adding water to the mixture till it is as thick as pancake batter. Using the paint stirrer, mix the mixture thoroughly.
Step 3 - Spread the Hypertufa
After you have thoroughly stirred all ingredients, the next step would be to cover the outside of the birdbath mold/bowl with a thick layer of hypertufa. Use a paint brush to evenly spread the hypertufa. Without wasting time, turn the birdbath mold upside down and spread the hypertufa on it the same way as it was spread outside.
Step 4 - Dry the Hypertufa
When you’ve evenly covered the birdbath mold with the hypertufa, place it in a safe place to dry. Let it dry for several hours. Avoid placing it directly under the sun, as that could cause cracks and minimize the life of the resin birdbath.
Step 5 - Check and Recheck
Check after some hours if the hypertufa has dried. If there are any naked areas, make some more hypertufa and cover the birdbath mold with it. Then spread the remaining hypertufa on the rim of the plastic mold/bowl. After nothing can be seen of the mold, leave it to dry for several days.
Step 6 - Ready to Dip
After the mold has dried, it is ready for the birds to take a cool dip. You can place it in your garden or backyard. Make sure that the location of the birdbath is at least 10 feet away from hiding places of cats and other pets. Also high trees or shrubs that do not touch the ground nearby the birdbath could be ideal for the birds as they can perch themselves on it after a dip.
Step 7 - Maintenance
Once you’ve placed the birdbath, it is important to keep it clean. Refill clean water after every 2 days. If an alga begins to form, do not use any chemicals to get rid of it as that could contaminate the water. Instead clean the algae, using a brush.