How to Create a Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath


There’s something about colored glass that floats my boat. When I see it at thrift stores (I scream!!!) take it home, and add it to my collection. Well, that collection is getting quite large, so I need to use it up. I already have a colored glass fountain (see below), so I decided a birdbath would be just as beautiful, and great for our bird friends. You won’t believe how easy it is to create a “Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath”.

Collect Colored Glass for Your Birdbath

The first thing you need for your birdbath is colored glass plates, bowls, vases, or anything you can find that can lay flat onto another piece. Maybe you have a few candidates in your cabinets already? If not, check out your local thrift store. Look for colorful pieces that are fun, and even unusual. Think about your favorite colors, color combos, or copy me and do a rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ. There’s no need to hurry, take your time finding pretty shaped pieces.

I had so much fun pulling this one together trying them in different poses. Doesn’t it look like they were all waiting to get together? They all fit together like a big puzzle. I actually put water in the big bowl, and the little top purple bowl, too.


Glue the Colored Glass for Your Birdbath

Once you have your colored glass collection, and you know how you want to arrange them for your birdbath, start gluing them together 2 at a time. I started with the orange and yellow vases, then added the red bottom vase, and bottom blue plate. Lastly, I added the green, blue large bird bath area, and the purples. Be sure to follow directions on the water proof glue I am about to recommend.

Probably the most important tip I can tell you for your glass birdbath is to use a “marine epoxy” for the gluing because other glues will not stand up to rain, and the outdoor elements. My husband is the one who taught me about this type of glue through his hobbies and experience. The marine epoxy I used comes in 2 different tubes, and you mix them like this…

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After you mix the 2 components, you can brush the glue on with a tiny paint brush, or use a tooth pick. I did it both ways, and to be honest, the toothpick was easier because then you just throw it away. You can also scrape off any mistakes with a blade, or wipe them as you go. Just be sure not to glue all of the pieces at once, and allow them to dry in sections.


I love my Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath so much, I might bring it inside and put cut flowers in the top part. Sorry bird dudes, but this baby is not just for you ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Thrift Store Rainbow Ombre Shelf Display

Thrifty Glass Fountain

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23 Responses

  1. robert urtel says:

    Wow, GREAT Idea. love to all, Dad in NY.


  3. Valerie says:

    I love those ideas, especially since you do not have to do any glass drilling!

  4. Rosa says:

    The bird bath is beautiful! Happy Happy Birthday to you Julieโ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  5. Rebecca Payne says:

    AWESOME! I love it.

  6. Cindy says:

    Your bird bath is so whimsical! Love it!

    Enjoy the summer!

  7. Carol says:

    Happy Birthday Julie!! Hope you had a wonderful day!
    Was just telling a friend this week about the ombre glass on your shelf and then you come up with a beautiful birdbath! Awesome!
    Thanks for all the ideas!!

  8. Jody says:

    Happy Birthday to you

  9. I love this so much Julie (and I’m sure the birds will too!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Darlene says:

    Terrific idea, colors make it pop!
    Thank for sharing Julie๐Ÿ‘

  11. Cheryl๐Ÿ€ says:

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope it was perfect.๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ€๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸนI too adore colored glass, and the way it looks when light shines through it.๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆYour fountain and birdbath are divine!๐Ÿ˜

  12. Bette says:

    Hi Birthday Girl, mine was the 27th. I kinda know why we have some of the same ideas, but yours are spectacular compared to mine.
    I love coloured glass and will try to pick up some at our thrift store. Can you get the glue at any hardware store?
    Hope you had a great day. It’s 112 degrees in Vancouver, BC. Might last another 2 days. It’s too darn hot!!

    Cheers, Bette

    • Julie says:

      Happy belated, birthday my friend! That is way too hot. I hope it’s better today! I think you probably can get the glue at the hardware store!

  13. […] Well, I ended up taking a nap, and it was then (when I was more relaxed) that inspiration struck. I remembered my friends from the Thrifty Style Team, 2 Bees in a Pod, used milk glass for gorgeous floral arrangements just a few weeks ago. I loved how the bright flowers popped up against the white milk glass. I knew I could make this work because I had already did something similar with colored glass. Check out my Rainbow Colored Glass Birdbath here. […]

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