Make a Rustic Birdbath from Flea Market Finds

Convert an old stump and a galvanized barrel top to make a custom, farmhouse-inspired birdbath.

galvanized barrel and stump birdbath

What You Need

  • Chain saw
  • Stump with the bark removed 
  • 4-inch-wide metal flashing
  • Tin snips
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • (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
  • Silicone
  • (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

metal flashing around diy birdbath

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

vintage galvanized handle on birdbath

Use the 1/2-inch wood screws and a drill to attach the handles to the stump where desired.

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