Tuesday, March 7, 2017

DIY Tuesday - Teacup Bird Feeder







Gifts can be challenging when you retire. You want to give something nice that they would enjoy but things just seem so expensive these days. Well, have I got a fun little project for you today! You can make it with things you have or things you find at a garage sale or thrift shop. And it is ADORABLE!! I want these all over my yard in different colors and sizes! And you can even bring them indoors, put little succulent plants inside and enjoy them on counters, walls and coffee tables. 

I found this little idea on Pinterest so the idea didn't originate with me. BUT... oh my gosh you guys... they turn out so cute! Head on over to Pinterest and take a look at all the different ways this can be done. And while you are there, follow me! Here is what you are going to need to make one like my example. 


  • A teacup and saucer (the fancier the better!)


  • Masking tape

  • Bird seed, succulent plants or whatever you envision inside (candy might be good too!)


Here are a few of the combos I found:

The first is from a little thrift shop around the corner. Paid $1.91 for each item, plate and saucer. Oh, and we got a senior citizen markdown of 10% when we asked for it.







This set was from our local Goodwill and did come as a wrapped set for $2.99 again with another 10% off for being senior citizens. (Don't feel bad about asking if there is a way to discount the already low prices!) 




And last but not least, I found this set at our local Marshall's store for "full price" which was $6.99. It is my favorite by far because I'm really into the fancy little floral things. 


Now the how to's.....

After scanning a bunch of photos on Pinterest, I decided for my first try I would do the simple, "lay the teacup on its side on the saucer" kind. I put some E6000 glue right on the top rim of the cup opposite the handle side and a little more glue at the base where the cup would naturally touch. The tape was applied through the handle and wrapped down around the bottom tight enough to hold things in place until they dried, which I left for 24 hours to be on the safe side. 

Can you imagine a sweet little garden of roses and baby breath with little teacups scattered all about in it? I have a bunny yard for my rabbit, Jack, and I'm on the lookout for Beatrice Potter cups! You can use the small plate holders to hand them on a fence or wall with plants or birdseed in them. Imagine how Mom would feel getting a cute little flower or succulents plant on Mother's Day. They make such cute and inexpensive gifts and can be changed up for each season and setting.

I hope you try it today and if you do, shoot on over to our Facebook page and leave a photo. I'd love to see what you come up with!



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