Repurposing A Birdbath

Repurposing A Birdbath

Many people put an electric heater in one birdbath so that their feathered friends have fresh water all winter. Other birdbaths may be turned over for the winter or brought into the garage until spring, however. Instead of closing these down or packing them away, consider filling them with natural materials. They can be left in the garden or brought up on a porch or near the front door.

Here’s what you do: Take a low plastic pan such as a saucer that’s sold to go under potted plants. Place one or two blocks of wet Oasis floral foam in this dish. If your birdbath will be out in the wind you might add a few rocks in the spaces to further weight the pan.

Stick in a mix of evergreens, aiming for a the most diverse mix you can. Add small lights if desired, and embellish with pinecones, seashells, or other natural materials. Add artificial berries and sprays, glass ornaments or other objects to your taste. Small birdhouses and nests are always attractive and some people like to add a bright bow for the holidays.

Be sure to water the Oasis floral foam every two or three days to keep the greens well hydrated.

When the floral foam is kept moist these evergreens will last well through January!

Closeup of the birdbath with lights and a nest found when cleaning out a bluebird box.

Assorted greens can be cut from your shrubs and trees at this time of year, or you can purchase a variety for your decorating.

Don't forget broadleaf evergreens such as holly and berried eucalyptus to add color and texture to your arrangements.

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2 Comments

  1. TRACY on November 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    What great ideas!

    • Liz Dove on December 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

      Brilliant!! Now I know what to do with those beautiful Christmas tree branches I want to keep going fo the season:)

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