How-to Decorate a Birdbath for the Holidays

When it comes to decorating a birthbath for the Holidays, the best way is with water.  Natural, fresh, unfrozen water is the best thing you can add to your birdbath.  Fresh water for the wildlife is fashionable in any season.

Lucky for us at Helen’s Haven, we have 9 birdbaths, so turning one into a fabulous decoration for 3 weeks or so is fun, festive, and easy to do.  We also find comfort in knowing our wildlife will not go without.

A little of this and a little of that is all it takes to make a big impression…just using snips from the garden.  If you don’t have the materials used here, regional substitutions are not only OK, it’s preferred!

Oh yes, as always, the clippings from the bottom of the Christmas tree come in handy as filler.
Chicken wire
‘Winter Red’ holly
Leyland Cypress
Fraser Fir
Magnolia leaves
Cut chicken wire to form a floral frog

Form a pillow shaped flora frog out of chicken wire

Secure floral frog with tape. Duct tape works well.

Start adding greenery around the edges.  In this design, Leyland and fir were used at the base.

Winter Red was added to the design for color and height.

Keep adding greenery until you are satisfied.  When in doubt, add more!

Birdbath detail

Place at the front entrance or where you can view from the inside.  This fresh design will bring color to your winter garden.

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her businessGardening with Confidence™

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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum



  1. Karyl said

    That is particularly beautiful. Thank you for the great idea! I love how you have used natural materials. Looks like something you’ll probably attract wrens to build a nest in, finding it to be the perfect spot.

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  3. Kat said

    This is lovely. I’m glad you showed the steps with the chicken wire frog. Such a clever idea for holding it all together.

  4. Susan said

    What a great idea! I’m gonna write and post and send everybody your way. But do we all have to buy 8 more birth baths?

  5. Nell Jean said

    Oh, Helen! I would never have thought to use the unsuitable-for-birds metal birdbath for a Christmas arrangement.

    I’d never have done it without a step by step tutorial.

    Thank You.

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  7. Janet said

    very pretty Helen. Love that Winter Red–

  8. Gloria Kimber said

    Beautiful and thank you for the step by step instructions. Will put in my list to do for next Christmas. Thanks!

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