DIY Teacup Bird Feeders

Create a cute teacup bird feeder

As some of you might know, I am a teacup hoarder. When people are throwing tea sets out I just cannot say no and I have to rescue them. This leaves me with a large amount of mismatched and odd china and nowhere to store it. I am always looking for ways that I can re-use china teacups and a really popular DIY online is the teacup bird feeder. I already feed the wild birds but I wanted to make a pretty display for my garden. I used an old palette that I had in the garden and I made a cute teacup bird feeding station. In today’s post, I will show you how I made my teacup feeders and assembled my feeding station. I also have a Youtube video sharing how I made these and I will link it below or you to check out. 

The palette

Earlier this Summer I hosted a festival style garden party and I used a chopped up palette as my table.  I used that palette in today’s DIY. I painted my palette in some Ronseal garden paint in the shade “Cherry Blossom”. I had an old tin in the shed and I gave it two coats. As it is a palette, I just applied the garden paint directly onto the wood. I didn’t use any primer on the palette and just washed away any cobwebs or grime off it before painting. To hang my palette to the wall, I drilled in a hook and I used some masonry nails to hold it in place. Your palette may be heavy with the weight of the china and bird seed so make sure you add this to a wall that can take the weight. I wouldn’t add the palette to a fence as a fence might not support the weight. Adding a palette is optional as you can make your teacup bird feeders and hang them from trees or hooks around the garden. To add my teacup bird feeders to the palette I screwed in some hooks that I got in woodies.ie. I got a packet of these hooks for roughly €4.  I drilled a small hole into the wood and then screwed in the hooks. The hooks are really strong and sturdy and hold the weight of the teacups. 

Making your teacup bird feeders

To make your teacup bird feeders is actually easier than you might expect. To glue the cup to the saucer I used my trusty Gorilla glue. You will have seen me use this in a good few of my DIY’s. I am still using the same bottle I bought back in December, a little really does go a long way with this glue.  I applied a small amount of glue to the teacup and then pressed it onto the saucer. The glue does not set immediately so I used some tape to hold it into place whilst it dried. The glue expands as it dries so don’t use too much. I let mine sit overnight and when I woke up the glue was fully dry. Once I was happy with my teacups I then added some string to the handle and hung them on my palette.

Have fun arranging the teacups on your palette. I added some wild bird seed to the teacups and I also have a teapot in my display which is great for the small birds to get inside. Have fun watching the birds visit your garden and watch them enjoy the seed from your new teacup bird feeders. Also, make sure to clean your bird feeders often to prevent any build up of dirt. 

Thanks so much for reading, I will link my Youtube video below for you to check out. Please subscribe to my channel and give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed the video. As always please let me know if you give the DIY a try, you can DM me over on Instagram.

Thanks for reading,
Chat soon,
Catherine.

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4 Comments

  1. Lostvestige
    July 12, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    This is probably one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! I hope you get plenty of lovely birds visiting your garden 🙂

    • Catherine Carton
      July 15, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Aw thank you! My fave thing is to sit and watch the birds in the garden! x

  2. joanna from Dearlives
    July 14, 2018 / 7:58 am

    This is such lovely. Thanks for sharing this tea cup bird feeder DIY project. So simple to follow.

    • Catherine Carton
      July 15, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Aw, thank you Joanna, Thanks of reading! x

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