How You can Fix a Concrete Garden Statue or Birdbath

 white concrete birdbath Ever wonder how to repair that old leaking birdbath in your back yard? I’m sure the birds would appreciate it if their bath actually held bathing water for more than an hour.

Or perhaps your favorite concrete garden gnome is missing his hat or even, heaven forbid, an arm? If you have any piece of concrete garden décor in dire need of repair, then read on.

Many things can bring damage to concrete birdbaths or garden statues. The most common perpetrator is weather. Water can work its way into small crevices and freeze, thus transforming the small crevice into a large crevice. Whether your concrete birdbath or concrete statue fell victim to ice or a croquet game gone wild, below are the answers you need for the repair process.


Concrete repair is not as daunting a task as it might seem. In fact, it’s pretty easy.  Here are the materials you will need to repair a birdbath:

  • Silicone concrete sealant (For repairing leaky birdbaths)
  • Epoxy glue for concrete (For repairing with birdbaths with serious damage.

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine the extent of the damage. If it’s just a leaky birdbath then the repair is simple. All you’ll need to do is give the birdbath a good cleaning. Then, when the birdbath is COMPLETELY DRY, apply the silicone concrete sealant to the cracks by forcing it into the cracks and creating a good seal. Let it dry completely – then it should be good to go.

If the birdbath is broken into several pieces, then it’s best to use epoxy glue. Do not try to use concrete to glue the pieces back together – it won’t work, so don’t waste your time.

Once the birdbath is thoroughly cleaned and COMPLETELY DRY, then mix the epoxy glue as indicated on the packaging. Once you have the epoxy glue correctly mixed, simply apply it to the damaged areas, clamping them together until the glue is completely dry.  Remember; the more careful you are with the application, the less visible the glue will appear once it is dry.


Garden statues can be a bit trickier to repair than birdbaths. However, they add such unique additions to any lawn or garden that they are definitely worth the attempt.  Besides a little elbow grease and patience, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Portland cement
  • Scrub brush
  • Bleach
  • Hot water
  • Palette knife
  • 1 gallon container to mix the cement
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap

Step 1: Prepare the concrete statue

Mix a small amount of bleach with hot water and use the scrub brush to remove any dirt or grime. The bleach will kill any moss or algae that may be present.  Let the statue DRY COMPLETELY before attempting the following steps. Note: This may take several days, so be patient!

Step 2:  Mix the cement

First, mix the Portland cement with the appropriate amount of water as indicated on the packaging. Screen filter the cement, removing lumps to improve the consistency.  The cement should have the consistency of grout.

Step 3: Repair

Dampen any cracks or blemishes with water and make sure to remove any loose bites of concrete or debris. Apply the cement/paint mixture with a palette knife, smoothing it with a wet finger. Let this dry for 2 hours, then moisten the area with a mist of water from a spray bottle and cover with plastic wrap.  Remove wrap and re-mist once a day for 5 days. Keep the area covered in plastic wrap for the entire duration. Note: Use a thicker mix to repair chips and dings.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can mix the cement with exterior flat latex house paint and re-surface the entire statue to ensure an excellent, consistent finish. (1/3 part Portland cement/water, 2/3 part paint.

Remember, patience is the key to repairing delicate concrete lawn fixtures. Good luck!

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28 Responses to How You can Fix a Concrete Garden Statue or Birdbath

  1. ralph lauren says:

    I love looking at different kind of concrete fixtures we can use to decorate our million dollar home.

    • Cindy says:

      This website has a great selection of ideas for our concrete layout. We make the best hand carved sandstone statues and need contractors to install them.

  2. Mario Baeza says:

    I was just itching to know how to create realistic lawn ornaments using concrete.

    • Bari says:

      You would have to have molds to make them with, you can make the molds but you can buy Ceramic Molds in any format.

  3. Aicha says:

    I use EliteCrete PT1 crystal clear? epoxy 100% solid. It is the same mtieraal I used on the reflector floor I just use that and playground sand then grind the excess concrete off the next day. I agree on the color highlights for making marbled concrete mixes.

  4. Lacava Wassman says:

    I think that is among the most significant that we have a large amount of concrete lawn sculptures in our gardens, and they appear to be wearing down from acid rain. How can we resurface these structures to make them appealing to our guests?

  5. Drummond says:

    in reality concrete restoration is a great and helpful piece of info for creating futuristic bathrooms. I am happy that you shared this helpful information with us, our firm sucks at doing concrete work.

  6. Laura says:

    My Blessed Mother statue was knocked over last year and her head came off what can I use to repair this and then go to the refinishing process it needs so much.

    Home depot gave me an epoxy……..Loctite brand says instant mix for wood, metal, ceramic, stone tile and most plastics. Its in a double syringe type that mixes together. I am not sure this ia the right fix……….something that would be more permanent.

    And after all this and I repair any cracks etc. What is the best way to repaint? paint type, base, finish or top coat etc. I really would like this to last as long as possible. Also during this process I will be doing outside, except for the cleaning , scrubbin with hot water would be indoors. How should I concern myself wioth the tempuratures. It is getting warmer but I am in Michigan and right now the evenings are gettin cooler so ther is a fluctuation in temps from day to night. Maybe I should bring them in in the pm. Plwse give me temp ranges. Thank You

    • Linda Clarke says:

      Hi…I just today am repairing a concrete deer which lost an ear. I used Loctite Stik’n Seal Outdoor Adhesive-comes in a tube and goes on easy. You coat both surfaces, let it set for a couple minutes, then press into place. It REALLY did a good job…the ear looks good as new and is SOLID.
      Said deer also has some cracks and issues up and down the legs from my earlier repair using concrete patch about 10 years ago. I bought Loctite Repair Putty, General Purpose, which states can be used on concrete. I just put it on this afternoon, so I can’t report on how well it sands and takes care of the cracks, but it seems to have gone on really well. So far so good and I am pleased with the Loctite products!

  7. Theresa says:

    I have a cement statue that fell over and lost a nose. What can I use to re-create the nose that can be sanded and shaped? What kind of paint do I use after the reconstruction is completed? The statue has never been outside yet, but hopefully after the repair is done it will be outside.

    • Diana says:

      Hello — did you ever find a solution? I have the same problem with a concrete deer missing an ear. Thought of trying to sculpt it with chicken wire somehow, but haven’t totally figured out how to build a form yet…

    • Denni says:

      I’m afraid this response is coming far too late to help, but…I’m a novice who has taken on the repair of a friend’s concrete statue. A seated child had her foot split in two with much of it missing. I glued what remained of the 2 pieces with E6000 (love that stuff) and held them in place till the glue dried with duct tape.

      After removing the tape, I sprayed expanding foam into the void of the foot, and when it was dry, I used a sharp blade to shape it. This step is much easier and effective than it might sound. After a second spray and shaping, I frosted the foam with Bondo and then used more Bondo to create small details and fill in small cracks in other parts of the statue. I sanded the Bondo when dried to create a smooth surface. My first coat of spray paint was primer gray followed by two more colors chosen to match the rest of the statue.

      Finally I used a clear matte spray sealant over the entire statue. I’m guessing (hoping) it will endure through the varied elements of the seasons. I’m eager to deliver it to my friend and see her reaction. I am proud and amazed at how good it looks. I spent about $20 for the supplies I purchased and have a substantial amount of them remaining.

      Give it a try. Good luck!

  8. Jay Slegel says:

    I have a cement birdbath over 60 years old. Unfortunately the bowl is broken in half. I’m going to try the 2 part liquid with the automatic mix nozzle. Will let you know how it came out. Thanks for the suggestions.

  9. keen angillen says:

    Kids have three simple inborn worries while playing on concrete: of unexpected motion, of
    loud or sudden noises, and of unexpected approach.
    Unless children have been shown otherwise, a child carrying a cement tool will often aim the point
    straight ahead or toward his own face. A teacher is trained in a Montessori teacher training course to deliver
    to all the requirements and to teach kids group activities and safety on the school grounds where we resurfaced the cement playing area.

  10. Janel Borton says:

    Is it my hard, or do most of these people have no problems fixing their decorative concrete installations?

  11. Tom Mills says:

    I have a jockey boy and his hat it broke. The hat is shaped like a cowboy hat. It broke in several pieces, how can I repair it. Need help please !!

  12. Anne Boss says:

    Really I did not know that birdbath or garden statues could be made from decorative concrete. We can fix it in our garden for nice look purpose or birdbath purpose. It is very unique.

  13. nativ says:

    Hi, could you please suggest some more sources where I could get reliable information about concrete garden sculptures and statues.

  14. kristis says:

    Appreciation tο those who helped us repair our concrete furnishings.

  15. Rebecca Statz says:

    We have a concrete statue of Mary in our yard which had been at a local church for many years. She is in good shape – no missing or cracked parts – but her white paint is peeling. Would someone please share with me info on how to clean the old paint off and repaint? Or do I just paint over the chips? And what kind of paint please? Many thanks and blessings in advance.

    • Jocelyn says:

      I have been making and painting statuary for over 10 years. To repair a broken statue you can use epoxy cement, or gorilla glue or construction cement glues. Read label on glue to see if it is made for masonry, statues, cement etc. I have even used super glue on simple breaks, on less heavy items, like ear, finger, nose etc. You may find cement in smaller amounts at Hobby Lobby for repairs. Home improvement centers sale big bags! (90 lbs) a little much for repairs, but might find a broken bag for cheap! Take cement and put in disposable cup, add a little water to form a thick paste. If too runny add a little more dry cement until it is firm enough to fill in your cracks or to remake a nose etc. Work with a cup of water near by so you may dip your finger and help smooth it. Once item is filled in or repaired, cover with plastic saran wrap and let dry for 24 hours before applying paint.

      If you have an old statue where paint is worn or peeling or turning green etc. I take a bucket, add a squirt of dish soap, 1/4 c. Clorox and use a kitchen sponge to to scrub off mold, dirt and paint. You may also use a kitchen scrub brush too. Remove as much as possible and let dry. Then take a fine sand paper and sand surface until smooth. Most of loose paint etc with come off. You may also take a wire brush to help in some of the hard to get areas. Paint that remains and is smooth may be painted over. Paints used to refinish should be for concrete and/or exterior areas. If you have any questions, please write me at the email address or visit our eBay store where we sell the concrete/cement statues we make.

    • Jocelyn hadfield says:

      I take a bucket, add a squirt of dish soap, 1/4 c. Clorox and use an old kitchen sponge to to scrub off mold, dirt and paint. You may also use a kitchen scrub brush too. Remove as much as possible and let dry. Then take a fine sand paper and sand surface until smooth. Most of loose paint etc with come off. You may also take a wire brush to help in some of the hard to get areas. Paint that remains and is smooth may be painted over. Paints used to refinish should be for concrete and/or exterior areas. Krylon or Rustoleum Spray paints work well if needing just to spray it one color. For accent colors or statue that needs multiple colored accents I would use Patio Paint and Yard and Garden which come in 2 oz bottles and lots of color choices available at Hobby Lobby and online too.

  16. jarrod valdez says:

    I’m now not certain the place you’re getting your information, however
    great topic my mission to fix our decorative concrete structures.

  17. Debbie says:

    I have a new cement statue and it has spots in the cement, it looks like a dalmatian , I want to know if the base coat will cover these spots or do I have to do something to it before I paint it?

  18. roger says:

    I have a concrete bird with half the beek broke off and lost. what is the best way to reconstruct?

  19. Barbara says:

    What kind of paint should be used to paint my birdbath so it will not be toxic to the birds?

  20. delma says:

    I have a concrete donkey that over 60 years old needs to be redone needs new ears and a leg, is there any way or any thing to use to redo it.

  21. raphael mackrell says:

    It’s impressive that you are getting thoughts from this concrete help piece as well as from our dialogue made at this time.

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