Here is what you will need:
1. A pair of good gloves
2. Dust mask
3. Something to mix the concrete with (trowel, hoe, etc)
5. Mold release spray-I use cheap cooking spray
6. Hardware cloth or chicken wire for reinforcement
7. Wheelbarrow or tub large enough to mix the concrete in
8. Concrete or a cement recipe of your choice, I used Quikcrete Commercial Grade Crack Resistant (for durability in my zone 5 climate)
10. Pair of cutters to trim the hardware cloth
1. Pick a set of molds-you will need three pieces for a birdbath. I went around the house and garage and put pieces together to see what looked interesting and picked what I liked best. Note: the inner mold should be no more than 2 inches because birds do not like deep water.
|Some of the "molds" that I was considering|
3. Trim your hardware cloth to fit in the molds-make sure it is smaller than the mold.
For the bowl:
4. Cover any holes in the molds with tape:
All ready to go:
|This is the consistency I prefer|
|Press it down in the mold|
|Fill in the sides and the middle-continue pressing it down|
|Press as you add concrete|
Now the other mold:
|Fill the bottom|
|Add hardware cloth|
|Time to add the inner mold|
|Set it in the outer mold, center as much as you can|
|Add concrete around the sides|
|Press it down to get rid of air bubbles|
|All filled-I added more weight to keep the inner mold in place|
11. After 24 hours unmold them somewhere soft. Some will slip right out:
13. Seal the concrete or paint it-I use Rustoleum water based concrete seal.
14. Place them out in the garden for the birds (if you are worried about the top falling off you can use construction adhesive to attach the top to the bottom):
There you are-sturdy, durable birdbaths that you can make for a fraction of what it costs to buy one from a retailer. Remember, you can embellish them if you would like. Just do it after you fill the molds (while still wet), you can press gems, stones or shells into the rim or glue leaves in the molds themselves before you spray them with mold release. Either way, I think you will love your results.
So, until next time-Happy Planting!