Tutorial: Tea Cup Bird Feeder
9 July 2013
One of my favorite movies as a child was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland." I was enchanted by the crazy antics that ensued at the Mad Hatter's tea party, and always imagined how fun it would be to happen upon an "un-birthday party" in the woods. Now that I have my own yard, I've decided to create a Mad Hatter inspired garden area, where my kids and I can picnic and celebrate un-birthdays.
As part of my theme, I'll need lots of tea cups. I thought it would be fun to have cups not just on the table, but also hanging from the trees. I've seen several versions of teacup bird feeders, and knew I wanted to make one. Here's how I did it.
- Tea cup, on hand or $1
- Saucer, on hand or $1
- Chain, on hand or $1 and up
- Super glue, on hand
- Paint, on hand
Total: Free or $1 and up
Step one: Glue the cup to the saucer as pictured. Angle it slightly so the seeds can "pour" out.
Step two: Paint a design on the cup. I chose my cup because of the pretty pattern it had, but you could use a stencil, instead. I used glass paint; other options are nail polish or spray paint.
Step three: Run a chain or cord through the cup's handle, and hang your bird feeder!
You could place your feeder on a post or stand, instead. I'm planning to make several (and let my kids paint them) to hang in our "mad hatter" garden. My new bird feeder complements my teapot bird bath
perfectly! Now I just need a Cheshire cat....
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