You don’t have to spend a bundle on a fancy birdbath to keep your feathered friends happy. In fact, they’re more likely to prefer this modest, do-it-yourself version that can hang from a tree limb.
All it takes is some strong rope, a fat twig wreath sturdy enough to support a 12-inch terra cotta plant saucer, a round metal ring such as a keychain ring that’s big enough to tie three pieces of rope to, and a few minutes of your time.
Buy enough rope to make three supports that will run from the bottom of the wreath to the branch of the tree in which you’ve chosen to hang the birdbath. Make sure you more rope than you think you’ll need—you can always trim the ends later.
Cut the rope into three pieces of equal length and tie each piece to the twig wreath, balancing the ropes into equal thirds and leaving about 10 inches of rope at the end that will go under the wreath.
Set the plant saucer inside the twig wreath. Check to make sure that there’s enough wreath material under the saucer bottom to keep the saucer well supported. If you’re not sure, attach a circular piece of wire screen to the underside of the twig wreath to strengthen the structure.
Join the three ropes together at the top and secure them to the metal ring, then hang the birdbath in the tree, fill it with water and watch the birds!