For the Birds – Stepladder Birdbath

When I was a kid, we had a plastic birdbath in our backyard and I loved watching the birds splash around.

Yes, I was a lonely child – with nothing but birds for friends…

Fast forward to today.

Plastic birdbath in my yard – horrors!  No, only unique bird baths will do.

What’s a girl to do?

Make one out of an old step ladder of course.

Unique Bird Bath - stepladder birdbath - this is really for the birds!

Fill a terra cotta saucer with a few rocks – don’t want those birds doing the backstroke.

stepladder birdbath - this is really for the birds!

Very unique bird bath idea - stepladder birdbath - this is really for the birds!

Old ladder ideas - make a birdbath!

Birds do it, bees do it …

Oh sorry, that’s a talk should have with your mother.

I stamped this old silver butter knife (check out my Etsy shop if you likey likey).

Stamped silver garden marker - these are so cute!

Tucked away between the hydrangeas.

Hey, even birds need a little privacy while bathing.

unique garden ideas - make a stepladder birdbath!

Coleus is one of my favorites – it’s on my front porch too.

Shade or sun – it’s not fickle (unlike some people I know).

stamped silver garden marker -

What little feathered friend wouldn’t want to skinny dip here?

DIY garden ideas - try a stepladder birdbath
Cool use of an old ladder
The best news is now my Ladder Christmas Tree has a playmate!

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  1. what a great little idea! I love the birds splashing around in our bird baths. see you on the 29th!

  2. plain and simple…GORGEOUS once again…you rocked it! but of course that is no surprise! hugs…

  3. That is adorable Kelly. I love the little step ladder, the size is perfect. Pretty pots too.

  4. Kelly,
    What a sweet little treat for the birds tucked away in your garden! On another note, I didn’t know you had an etsy shop or that you stamped! On my way over to check it out!
    Have a great day.

  5. Kelly,
    The above link directs you to a page to register to sell on etsy, not your shop.

  6. Once again, such a clever idea. I’m sure the birds and bees will be having a of fun on that stepladder birdbath!



  7. I have to PIN you! If I had a yard I would so do this!

  8. that is adorable! i want to put a birdbath somewhere in our yard!

  9. That is just an amazing idea!!!!! We have loads of birds hanging out in our garden and I always look at bird baths at our garden centres and they are just way too expensive. Im so going to do this when summer roles around for us here in New Zealand. xxx Nat

  10. Kelly,

    I was so excited about the bird bath….but then I got a little distracted. Hmmmmm…..maybe I was thinking about trophies :)

    Awesome project!
    We are going to have so much fun!


  11. This is so cute! I love how it’s just tucked away among the greenery.

  12. I love your step ladder idea. I’m going to use it! This is the second fabulous step ladder idea I’ve seen today. Now I just need to be on the look out for one (used, of course).


  13. I LOVE this and have an old step stool in my shed. I’m going to copy it! Right after I pin it! Thanks!

  14. I absolutely love the whole look. I love the paint on the step ladder, the birdhouse, the fact that you tucked it into the hydrangea bush. Great job Snow White.

  15. Wow, that looks great! It’s so simple, but gorgeous. I can’t have a bird bath in my back yard…my son would think it was just for him! Maybe the front yard one day.

  16. That is just so cute! How did you ever think of using a step ladder? It all looks perfect together!!
    Very Nice!

  17. You and all of your creativity with ladders. Luckily you don’t also have a thing for black cats. 😉 I love this look so much I’m pinning it!!

  18. Kelly this is really cute. I love how it looks like it has been there for some time and really flows with the landscape =) Great addition to the garden!

  19. That’s so cute! What a fun little spot! I need to set up a bird bath. We’ve been getting tons of birds lately.

  20. Okay–I have just two things to say…(1) this is cute. I am going to try to pin it. (2) I should have that talk with my mother, but seeing as I am 52 years old, she may find it awkward.

  21. This is so sweet! I love your creativity.

  22. I’m in ladder love – please tell me about the birds and bees! And there are dwarfs involved, too – My head is spinning. I am visiting as many of my followers tonight to make a personal contact to see what they are up to – I see you are busy building stairways to heaven! I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you following my blog. Have a great weekend, Snow White!

    • Ok, you may need to sit down for this little talk. There are birds and there are bees … sorry, don’t want to shock you with the details – especially when those 7 little dwarves enter the picture – it gets a little inappropriate!

  23. Haha too darn cute. I can just picture a bunch of little birdies skinny dippin. Mandy

  24. Came back to tell you I featured you today, and your stepladder has been verrrry popular on Pinterest. : ) Thanks again for the inspiration!

  25. This is such a sweet idea! I love the utensil with birds & bees on it too…a nice touch! xo wendy

  26. Love it! I must be part of the night crew~just saw it on FB. You’re so creative and so sweet to the birds!

  27. So cute!! I’ve always wanted a bird bath in the backyard… now I know even i can afford one! :) thanks for the great inspiration!

    Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

  28. Kelly, Love the use of the ladder both here and in your Christmas Tree post. I am in the middle of a series on ladders but it all started with a ladder I made from tree saplings – not a found ladder. If you are interested in ladders in décor check at this project here. and the series on other uses here. Visiting from A2D.

  29. This is so sweet and so simple! I didn’t realize clay pots came in that shape… off to shop! :)

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 133. :)


  30. Did you seal the terra cotta pot? If not how often do you have to refill it? I love the step ladder idea!

  31. Charming ~ I love it!

    Susan and Bentley

  32. Very Niffty -thriffty creation! Im so inspired by your creativety! Your pics are beeeee-utiful too! stop over and see my blooms and handmade bird feeder/bath and let me know what cha think:) thanks.

  33. Super cute and I love the painted pots too!!

  34. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Sweet garden! I love the addition of the little ladder!

  35. I love this stepladder birdbath!!!! So creative and fun!

  36. Your charming stepladder looks perfect in your garden. Love it!
    Mary Alice

  37. I love this :) I have a ladder on my front porch I adore too:)
    So nice to meet you!
    Happy White Wednesday,

    Kay Ellen

  38. I don’t know why I EVER throw anything away. As soon as I do, someone (like you) comes up with a great idea for it. :-) Love this, but then, I’m partial to birds. This is clever. Now I’ll have to track down another old step ladder. Following you. Hope you’ll follow me back?

  39. I have a vintage step ladder and NOW I know what to do with it.
    I join COPY CAT CHALLENGE each month and would love to copy cat your ladder. May I use your photo ?
    Thanks and now, I am about to be your newest follower. Pls. stop by when you have time.
    xo bj

  40. This is awesome! Vintage, useful and bird friendly! Thanks for sharing! paula ♥

  41. Love this! Very pretty & creative!

  42. What a beautiful spot you’ve created!

  43. I too love making the birdies happy! your ladder is so adorable. hopping over from Common Ground to say Hello! would love to have you link up to the garden party going on now over at Fishtail Cottage! xoox, tracie

  44. What a wonderful bird bath and I love the coleus. I’ve had them a few years. I had them inside too ; )
    Have a great weekend.

  45. So beautiful! You are so talented! Have a great end to your weekend!

    Take care,


  46. Another hit! Great way to make a bird bath. That silverware marker is gorgeous, too. I enjoy every project you undertake — Love your creativity!!

    <3 Christina
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Wildly Original Round Up linky party!

  47. kristin says:

    The birds are so lucky, I love this idea! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow.

  48. LOVE this idea Kelly!!

  49. Very cute idea! I have an old step ladder like that – it might just get a new home outside!

  50. Love your project! I never thought of using a step ladder for a bird bath great idea! I have a little stepladder that I painted bright blue and use it in the garden to display pots but your idea takes it to the next level! Love the chippy weathered look of the ladder.

  51. Love that you combined simple elements…all for the little birds. They should give you a ring of flowers to wear.

  52. I tried to make a bird bath from a round clay pot but couldn’t think of what to do about the hole. Duh!!! I should have used the saucer, like you did, instead. There can never be enough bird baths in my yards with all my trees. :)

  53. I pinned this picture & it has been repinned 218 times! I don’t have a step ladder like this so I thought I would look for one at an estate sale to get one with a nice weathered look to it. Well, I found one in someone’s trash when I was walking this evening. I’ll have a nice bird bath by this weekend. Thanks for a great idea.

  54. I’ve been wanting to make an inexpensive birdbath for my yard. What a great idea! I may just use the terra cotta dish in the ground as one – thank you so much for sharing this! It’s adorable. Hope the birdies like it. :)

  55. This is so cute and a great idea!

  56. ColleenB. says:

    Just happened to stumble upon your blog this morning and like what I have seen. Very Clever birdbath idea.
    Get some Thompson’s Water sealer; spray can for small projects, and spray your terra cotta saucer and even the pots inside and out; let set for a few hours until completely dry and that will keep the water fram soaking through the terra cotta. Also works on cement birdbaths as well. Once dry, the water should just ‘bead up’ and not soak through. The water sealant also helps from cracking in cold temperatures.
    For larger projects buy the Thompson’s in gallon can and use in clean, unused hand sprayer.

  57. Hi Kelly! Love the look, love the ladder, love the stamped knife! This is so awesome!
    Saw you linking at Funky Junk Interiors. But I could have sworn I’d seen this post before! lol
    Debbie :)

  58. I had the top of birdbath that was left here when we moved here. took it and sat on top of a flower pot that matched the bowl of the birdbath. Put a few heavy stones in it then sat the bowl on top.
    that is my bird bath . Remake or reuse what you have before you buy new.

  59. No indeed we can’t have the birdies doing the backstroke! Great idea!
    Beth P


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