Recycled Lamp DIY Bird Bath

Use an old lamp base to create a unique recycled bird bath that your birds will love.

OK, I admit it. I am a hoarder of lights. Old lamps, ceiling fixtures, chandeliers—they all lend themselves beautifully to reinvention, and I simply can’t resist their promises. In this case, a $1.99 thrift-store lamp said, “Bird bath, bird bath, bird bath!” until, after a few paces, I succumbed and handed over my two bucks. This DIY bird bath was truly a fast and easy project. One lamp, a few hours, spray paint and some epoxy just about did it. So keep your eyes peeled and your ears open at those Saturday morning yard sales. You never know when a lamp will speak to you, giving you a chance to create your own recycled bird bath!


  • Old lamp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray primer and paint
  • Wide, shallow bowl for bath
  • Clear epoxy
  • Ceiling light canopy (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Remove the socket and lamp shade support from the lamp and cut the cord at both ends to make it easy to pull through the lamp housing.

Step 2

I added a ceiling light canopy to the top of my lamp to offer more support to the bowl. This was simple to do, since a ceiling canopy already has a hole in the center, and the lamp has a screw and nut, making attachment super easy. You may need to add a washer if the nut on the lamp is smaller than the canopy hole.

Step 3

It’s much easier to paint the lamp before adding the bowl. Make sure to wash the lamp down for a dust-free surface, and let dry thoroughly. I used painter’s tape to protect the base of the lamp. Several light coats of spray paint within a few minutes of each other provide a quick transformation.

Step 4

When the paint is thoroughly dry, usually within an hour or two, you can glue the bowl onto the circular canopy edge. I used a clear epoxy out of the tube all around the bowl. Epoxy takes a while to set up but is extremely strong.

Make sure to mark or eyeball the center of the bowl before gluing it to the canopy. An off-center bowl will fall over when you fill it with water. Set the birdbath aside long enough for the epoxy to cure.

Step 5

Scout the perfect spot, place the birdbath, fill it up with water and enjoy your handiwork!

  1. Christa says

    I LOVE this one too!!!! I’m so glad there are ppl out there who have such incredible imaginations because I can make these things with your directions and LOVE the PICS but I’d never come up with this by myself. Thanks for sharing….

  2. Joey says

    This birdbath is so classy looking. It makes you want to wonder around the garden & see what other surprises you’ll find!

  3. says

    I saw your up cycled lamp in the Birds and Blooms magazine this morning and remembered we tucked away a vintage lamp with a multi colored ceramic base. I found it in the garage… I am going to be a copy cat! Thank you!


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