A 5 minute garbage can bird bath

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

If you desire a birdbath in your garden, don’t overlook an old garbage can.

Here’s the riviting how to:

… continued …

Ready? Grab a coffee, this is another long wordy one!

1. Flip the lid upside down.

2. Fill with water.

The end.

* please note, investigate what your garbage can is made of. If it’s zinc, it may be best to seal the lid with something. Zinc may be toxic to animals. 

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

Not only do birds enjoy it…

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

… kittens do too!

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

It’s a very fun junky way to keep your pets hydrated, wouldn’t you agree?

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

Garbage can birdbath for the garden via Funky Junk Interiors

Of course. Jenna liked it too. :)


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  1. Love it. Love the kitty. Love the dog. Love the garden!! And, this is one that I know for positively, certain sure that I can do all by myself!!!! It is a great idea–how come I never thought of it? And if I grab a can of spray paint—-

  2. love simple….my Dad used an old garbage lid,he cut a hole in the top because it had lost its handle….and with some large washers…if I remember correctly used it on a pole that had a bird feeder the squirrels would try to get all the bird feed,so this kept them from being able to run up the wood pole when they hit the metal with nothing to crap on to..plus it caught water at the birds height…No over hanging trees for the squirrel to jump to them…..

  3. I had a traditional, pottery bird bath and my all time, favorite, beloved cat, Ernie, would stand on his hind legs and drink out of it for birdy flavored water. So stinkin’ cute, loved that cat.

  4. Donna back in the 70′s my daddy took a garbage can lid and made a mold for the bottom base and covered it in concrete. It made the best birdbath which the squirrels loved. It still stands today. Daddy was into recycling things way back then. That’s where I got my junk genes from,him. LOL. I like your quick birdbath and it works good too!

  5. Great idea! My first birdbath was a garbage can lid. Low to the ground, it attracted brown thrashers, which are rarely seen at tall birdbaths. The only way it can be better is if you can rig a dripping faucet or hose so birds hear the sound of water and it stays fresh.