Whether the garden and outdoor landscaping is large or small, a birdbath enhances the visual beauty of your exterior home. Birdbaths may not only portray an element of self-expression but they equally attract a wide variety of colorful birds to your home. A birdbath can come in many different shapes and sizes. A pedestal birdbath can be long or short, thin or round. Add additional artistic flare to your birdbath by creating a colorful mosaic birdbath pedestal. Creating a mosaic birdbath pedestal is easy. Just follow these simple instructions.
Step 1 – Create Your Mosaic Design
Layout a piece of large cardboard and begin to draw or trace a mosaic design. Use coloring books, children’s comic books or pieces of your tile as a starting point for the design. This will become your guide as you lay the tile out onto your pedestal birdbath
Step 2 – Prepare the Pedestal Birdbath
Gently clean the pedestal birdbath with a mild soapy water. Rinse the birdbath and let dry completely
Step 3 – Apply Wire Mesh
This step is completely optional. For complex and complicated designs, lay a wire mesh on top of the birdbath pedestal. Attach the wire mesh with a small amount of glue (such as welbond glue).
Step 4 – Break up the Tiles
Layout your tile and cut them into smaller pieces using your tile cutters. Remember to wear your safety goggles at all times when cutting through your tiles.
Step 5 – Glue the Tiles
One at a time, piece by piece, glue the tiles to the base of the Pedestal birdbath. Your tiles should be no more than 1/8 of an inch apart from one another. Remove and replace tiles as needed or as desired. Completely tile your pedestal birdbath, mixing and matching the colored pieces of tiles randomly. Allow the glue to dry for at least twenty-four hours.
Step 6 – Grout the Tiles
Using an exterior tile grout, or a quickset polymer (such as concrete) apply an even layer of grout in between all of the tiles that have been laid on the pedestal sink. Feeling brave? Try colored grout or colored concrete to create an additional design statement. After dry, gently wipe off any excess grout. Allow the surface of the pedestal birdbath to dry.
Step 7 – Apply a Sealer
For long term maintenance and care, apply a thin coat of tile and grout sealer. This will prevent color fading and deterioration of your pedestal birdbath due to exterior weather conditions and due to the elements such as rain and wind. Grout sealer can be found at any local hardware store.
Step 8 – Install and Enjoy
Install your newly designed mosaic bird bath in your garden and enjoy the color, the artistry and more importantly, the array of birds that will flock to your garden.