Birdbaths are a little gross in practice and are usually covered with some rather not so pleasant accoutrements, but in theory, their long stemmed bases and wide-open mouths are great to use for displaying various accoutrements of your own! 

Birdbaths come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, and glazes, but for this interior decorating experiment, the more basic and simple, the easier it is to re-appropriate as a display piece.  You don’t need bells and whistles when you are going to be adding the oomph yourself.

Depending on the amount of space you have, you can start with either a Classic Hanging Birdbath or a Freestanding Classic Birdbath.  A clay, terracotta colored pan is the best base color.

Whether you choose the larger or smaller option, most of the below suggestions will work for either.

  • Fill the bowl ¼ of the way with water and float Jasmine flowers in its center.  If you want to add small tea light candles, they are a great addition.
  • The Classic Hanging Birdbath is great in the bathroom, just find an idea spot and you can put soap and towels in the base, and it provides an unexpected spark.
  • Great place to stash jewelry! Rings and bracelets are perfect to put in the birdbaths basin.  Just don’t toss anything in there that can be easily tangled, or you’ll wind up with a major headache.
  • Place one in your entry hallway as a simple, unfussy place to stash your keys, your dog leash or your mail.
  • Instead of a beside table, if you have limited space, hang a smaller birdbath from the ceiling, and you can leave a book, your glasses, even clip and nightlight from its chain.  Just don’t put anything in there that can easily spill!

-Arianna Schioldager

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