Make this 5 minute garbage can birdbath

Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

Make this 5 minute garbage can birdbath

If you desire a birdbath in your garden, don’t overlook an old galvanized garbage can. It makes quite the quaint little backyard feature, true rusty junk style!

A garbage can is a decent height, so there’s still some elevation to the birdbath.

Here’s the riveting how-to:

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

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Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

How-to:

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1. Start with an old school galvanized garbage can with a lid.

2. Clean the lid well, and coat it with something food-safe if there’s rust.

3. Flip the lid upside down.

4. Fill with water.

5. Throw in a few flowers and enjoy positioning your new galvanized bird bath wherever you desire!

* 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. 


Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

The birdbath in the yard

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Isn’t it cute tucked inside the flowerbeds? Wherever it was placed, it looked perfect!

And it sure is an easy keeper too! No need to keep painting this beauty! Give it a good wash every spring and it should look great all year long.

Frequent cleaning of the lid is a good idea though. 

And not only do birds appear to enjoy it…

Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

… kittens do too!

Teddy my cat loves to wander in the yard while I putz around. 

Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

And this little 5 minute garbage can birdbath appears to not only hydrate birds, your pets get to take advantage of it too!

Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

So cute! I think I’d like a garbage can birdbath in my front yard now!

Just as soon as I land another garbage can and lid that is.

These are harder to come by these days, so if you land one, hang on to it tight!

Learn how to whip up this 5 minute garbage can bird bath! Easy, rustic, and your other pets will enjoy it too!

And I think Jenna likes 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.

  6. What a great idea!
    Read it, did it and now I am waiting for the birds.
    There was no coffee included, I did it during cooking our meal ;- )))
    Thanks!