It’s so easy to make a teacup bird feeder for your garden from a thrifted teacup and saucer. It can also be used as a tealight holder if preferred.
I found this vintage set a while back at a garage sale for $1.
I use Marine GOOP adhesive for all my outdoor garden art projects. It’s meant for boat repair and is UV and water resistant. It can be found at most big box department and hardware stores.
I’ve heard that E6000 works good for outdoor projects as well, but I’ve never used it myself.
To glue the teacup to the saucer place some glue around the rim of the bottom of the teacup.
Yes, I’m a little messy… but thankfully it doesn’t matter.
Place the teacup in the centre of the saucer and press down lightly, gently moving the teacup a little to make sure there is good contact with the saucer.
Then use painter’s tape to keep the teacup in place while the glue dries.
First the plumbing cap needs to be sanded and scratched up good.
This makes for a better grip when it’s glued in the centre of the bottom of the saucer.
Use painter’s tape again to hold the cap in place for about 30 minutes.
Then remove the tape and let it cure for 24 hours before using your new bird feeder.
When it’s cured test the strength of the cap by trying to twist it with your hand. If it loosens at all, either too much glue was used or more sanding of the cap needs to be done. There’s also a chance that you may have to sand the spot on the bottom of the teacup where you want to glue the cap.
When your teacup bird feeder passes the twist test it’s time to put it in place.
Use a hammer, with a wooden block to protect the top of the pipe, if you need to.
Then place the plumbing cap onto the pipe. At this point I decided to glue on a stainless steel teaspoon
This is such an easy project that will add a touch of whimsy to any spot in the garden, and feed the birds at the same time.
A tip: When removing from the copper pipe wrap your fingers around the copper cap and twist up. Don’t try to lift it by turning the saucer. This puts undue pressure on the glue between the cap and the saucer and could cause it to loosen.
I think a grouping of these in various colours and heights would look great… as bird feeders or candle holders. Just please not at the same time. We wouldn’t want to singe any feathers.
If you’d like to make another easy version check out my hanging teacup bird feeder.
Don’t forget to pin it!
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…