Make a Rustic Birdbath from Flea Market Finds
Convert an old stump and a galvanized barrel top to make a custom, farmhouse-inspired birdbath.
What You Need
- Chain saw
- Stump with the bark removed
- 4-inch-wide metal flashing
- Tin snips
- Tape measure
- (20) 2-inch wood screws
- (20) 1-inch washers
- (20) 1/4-inch washers with ruffled edges
- Galvanized barrel top wider than the diameter of the stump
- 8-inch wood screw
- (4) 1/2-inch wood screws
- (2) metal handles (Ours are vintage galvanized handles.)
Step 1: Cut the Stump
Using a chain saw, cut the stump to the desired height, leveling both ends. Our stump is about 3 feet tall and 2 feet in diameter.
Step 2: Attach the Flashing
Wrap flashing around the bottom of the stump. With tin snips, cut the flashing (leave some overlap). Repeat for the top.
Using a tape measure, mark the top and bottom flashing in equal increments to ensure equal placement of washers and screws.
Safety Tip: Use caution and wear gloves while working with metal flashing as edges are very sharp.
Use a drill to sink the 2-inch wood screws, each outfitted with a 1-inch washer topped with a 1/4-inch ruffled washer, into the flashing and the bottom of the stump at the marks you've made. Repeat for the top of the stump.
Step 3: Secure the Barrel Top
Drill a hole through the center of the galvanized barrel top. Center the barrel top on the stump. Attach the barrel top to the stump with the 8-inch wood screw. Apply silicone to seal the area around the screw.
Step 4: Install Handles to the Stump
Use the 1/2-inch wood screws and a drill to attach the handles to the stump where desired.