Repurposed Watering Can for a Birdbath Water Feature

I am always looking for ways to attract birds to our yard. For a long time we had been on the hunt for a good birdbath at a reasonable price. We finally found one at a garage sale for $25, but the birds did not seem to be using it. We started brainstorming some ways to get them interested in it. We had an old metal watering can that leaked and was serving no good purpose. My husband had the idea to repurpose it for use in our birdbath for a fountain water feature.

My husband saw the watering can laying in the yard and a light went on in his head. The first thing he did was drill holes on the sides of the can at the bottom. Then he used a solar powered water fountain that we had. He attached a used rubber hose from his pickup truck to the outlet of the pump.

Then he put the pump in the can and fed the rubber hose up through the outlet spout. Next, he attached the wire for the pump to the inside of the handle of the can so that it couldn’t be seen. He put the can in the birdbath after filling it up with two inches of gravel. He then filled it with water and set the solar panel in the place it would get the most sun.

We were excited when we saw the birds coming and finally using the birdbath. I certainly didn’t want to spend money on something that the birds wouldn’t use. I like taking care of our backyard birds and I know water is a big part of that. I think the idea of the water feature worked well. It is different and I always think it is great to be able to repurpose things. There is a definite sense of pride in do it yourself projects.

Published on Jul 6, 2016

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