Project Garden


Creating a Child Friendly Bird Bath.

Guest Post by: Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is an editor at Birds & Blooms magazine. She is a gardener, nature lover, birder, children’s writer and author of Project Garden! Here at the Dandelion Wrangler we love activities that get kids outside and into nature! That’s why we’re thrilled to host Stacy’s guest post today, as she features a project from her new book! With spring break just around the corner I know we’ll be testing out some of her simple and creative crafts and activities for kids in the garden. To get your hands on a free copy, make sure to enter her contest here.

Having birds, butterflies and other critters in your backyard adds life to the garden. In the February chapter of Project Garden, I have several projects related to birds, including a couple of birdbaths, a bird feeder and a birdhouse made from a balloon and string. This birdbath project is quick, easy and fun. Best of all, it doesn’t cost much, and you can make it in less than 15 minutes! Here’s how:


  • Birdbath base
  • Bowl
  • Colorful stickers


  1. The hardest part of this project is just finding the right combination of base and top. For this project, I had a small wastebasket that I wasn’t using anymore. So then I went hunting to local thrift stores for the right top. I recommend looking for colorful pieces because it’ll look great against the flowers in your garden.
  2. Once you find the right top, make sure it’s not too deep. Birds won’t use a bath that is too deep. Also, you might consider adding a couple of rocks to the water so the birds have a place to perch.
  3. If you need to secure the top to the base, do so with wire or string.
  4. Now it’s time to decorate! I used stickers, but you can also adorn your bath with beads, wire or anything else.
  5. Fill with water. Make sure to refresh water every few days.

Try to make a vow to add at least one food, water and shelter source to your backyard for the birds this season. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few pieces can make.


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