I am so ready for warm weather!! I can’t wait to do 2 of my favorite warm weather things…. Gardening and Junktique-ing. You already know about my gardening so today we’re going to talk about junktique-ing. (Note- I might not have made that word up, I’m not really sure who started it, but I love it.) Last year when I was out digging through old barns and the dustiest parts of antique stores, I kept running across old, lonely dishes – tea cups, plates, vases, gravy boats, etc. Lots of these dishes were gorgeous and as much as I wanted to bring them all home with me, I knew the hubby wouldn’t appreciate me bringing in boxes of chipped and very dirty dishes unless I had a plan. So this winter, I looked all over the Internet for some way to save them and I finally found the perfect solution! Bird baths and butterfly feeders!! AH! You guys, I am so excited about this and you should be too! I have watched countless hours of YouTube how-to videos to find the best method so that you don’t have to (you’re welcome).
You will need:
- 1 plate/ platter / saucer
- 1 teacup / bowl
- 1 bud vase
- 1 piece of 3-5 foot PVC pipe or wooden dowel
- E6000 glue
To begin, make sure the PVC pipe or wooden dowel fits snugly into the bud vase – this will be super important so that it doesn’t blow around and rattle all the water or food right out of it. PVC pipe is preferable because it stands up to the elements better, but if your bud vase is really small you will have to use a wooden dowel. Feel free to be the weirdo carrying around a bud vase at the hardware store.
Next, secure the bottom of the bud vase to the bottom of the platter using E6000. I do not recommend using any other glue because E6000 is heat-tolerant and water-resistant. Make sure the vase is centered on the bottom of the plate so that you don’t have a teetering bath/feeder.
After that is dry, glue your teacup or bowl to center of the top of the plate and wait for it to dry completely (To be safe, I would let this dry over night). While waiting for it to dry, go ahead and put your pole in the ground. Make sure it is in about 4-6 inches so it doesn’t wobble around or fall over. Once your birdbath has dried, go ahead and put it on the post and fill it with water for the birds or sugar water and fruit for the butterflies. Voila! You have yourself a gorgeous DIY birdbath or butterfly feeder.
There are methods that involve drilling holes and screwing or gluing the dishes directly to a wooden post, but that makes me a little nervous for 2 reasons. First -drilling into old china or glass can be dangerous and difficult. Second- we get a lot of wind and hail in this area, I would hate for this creation to get broken because we can’t get it out of the ground to bring it in before a storm. By attaching it to a vase, we can easily bring it in during a storm and we can wash it very easily (by hand, or course).
I hope you enjoy your new birdbath (or butterfly feeder)!
Until Next Time,