Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tea In The Garden - How to Make a Teacup Birdfeeder


Don't you love my new header! I have to thank Amy of The Red Chair Blog for my new look! She surprised me with a header from a picture from my recent Making Jam post just because she thought I might like to have a change. Isn't she sweet! Thank you Amy! I love it! Amy is a professional decorator and has a cute blog. Go visit her and say hello when you have a chance.


I always find such pretty cups and saucers at the thriftstore but usually don't buy them because they're too flowery for my china cabinet since it's mostly transferware. So I've been thinking of where I could incorporate a few and then it hit me....my china garden! I have plates as a border and hanging on the fence wall, so what could be more perfect than a teacup birdfeeder!




Well if you have a teacup you need a pot don't you? *pics will enlarge when you click on them






I found that teapot at the thriftstore. I didn't want to use one of my nice ones since I don't know how that's going to hold up through a storm! I'm going to look for a prettier one that I don't mind leaving outside. I glued the lid on and I need to fill the spout with some caulk so it doesn't collect water and breed mosquitoes.


Here's how to make the teacup birdfeeder. It's really easy!




You need a teacup (of course), a 1/2 inch piece of copper pipe, a 1/2 in. copper cap that will sit on top of the pipe, some strong waterproof glue. I read one direction on the internet where they said use hot glue....I don't know if that will hold in wet weather. I made one last year that fell off it's wooden post because I used the wrong glue. So use Bondo, E600 or a similar type glue.




Then glue your saucer onto your cup and then glue your cap onto the saucer (with the opening up)and let that sit for several hours to dry. Then you just slip the whole thing onto your copper pipe which should already be in the ground. The good thing is you can easily take the teacup part off to dump the water that will collect when it rains. I'm not really going to put birdfeed in mine but you can!




I think I'll make a few more at various heights.



I think it looks so cute in this garden! It just makes me smile when I see it! I hope you give it a try!


My AC is fixed!! Of course, it's much cooler now than it was last weekend! Anyway... It needed a new motor which wasn't as expensive as getting a whole new unit but it was still expensive. Thank goodness for Emergency Funds!




64 comments:

Kimberly C. said...

I love the tea cup bird feeders.

Kim said...

I just love, love, love this. I had seen others put tea cup & saucer in their garden as a bird feeder. But this is the first time I've seen the addition of a tea pot. That makes it even more fabulous!!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I do love the header and I really love the teapot and cup and saucer in your garden!

Erin said...

have to thank you for the instructions on how to make this...i have seen them but they've never said how to put it all together (though I suppose I could figure it out:))
now i have something to do when i have down time.
have a wonderful weekend.
always enjoy you blog and your posts.

Terri and Bob said...

How funny, you get a new header AFTER I think you've done a blog makeover!!

LOVE the teacup birdfeeders. TOO cute and especially with your border. I am going to go visit your friend!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I love the ideas and the inspiration I get with every visit to this beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing your artistic skill with all of us. You are a blessing! Your header is perfect!!

Melanie said...

Manuela, I'm so glad you posted this. I posted a picture of one of these in my blog a few days ago that I saw at a public garden, but I like your idea of making it so that you can empty it! Love the teapot too! The perfect touch of whimsy.

Melanie said...

Oh, and I love the new header!

scrappy quilter said...

Now that is the most clever idea I've ever seen. I love it.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Manuela,
What an absolutely wonderful idea! I love the look of your garden with your plates and other china! Simply adorable! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

blessings,
Sandi

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this feeder. I've seen them here and there and wondered how to make one. Thanks so much for the instructions, Manuela!

Carrie said...

Ohh, this is so charming! i am looking around for a suitable cup and saucer to use. Thanks for the lovely idea.

southerninspiration said...

Your garden is adorable and a perfect spot for the precious feeder! Thanks, you are always so so inspiring!

suzanne

Betsy said...

Didn't I just comment the other day that this picture would make a beautiful header on your blog!? And I come today and there it is! :)

Sandra said...

Manuela, you are one talented chick! I love the tea cup and saucer feeder! Love the tea pot too! I'm definitely going to add this to my to do list!
Blessings,
Sandra

TinaTx said...

Cute, cute! Love the teapot with it - haven't seen that before.

Milah said...

That is a cute project. The new header also looks nice.

Ally0005 said...

I've seen that tea cup feeder all over blogland, now I can make myself one. LOVE!!!! your header.

Ally

Frugal Fine Living said...

These are just precious! Thanks for posting the directions, because I am definitely going to make one for my garden when we get back from vacation.

BTW, you are right; if you use a glue gun, it will definitely not hold up outdoors. However, Liquid Nails makes an adhesive especially for outdoor use.

I love your new header, too! I'm going to run over and check out Amy's blog now.

Jane

Vee said...

Thank you for this...I think I can manage this one and they're so much fun to see. I really like the pouring teapot as well.

(Have I already mentioned how wonderful your header is? I think so, but it bears repeating...love it!)

Stacey said...

I've wondered how to do that! I have a stash of tea cups in the cabinet that never get used. Thanks for the instructions. Wouldn't that make a great gift?

Jo said...

My hsb and I have been making the teacup birdfeeders for friends but haven't seen the teapots. What a really cute idea Thanks for sharing.....Jo

Bonita said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've seen these and always thought they were so beautiful. The teapot is something I've never seen, but it's so cute. I love anything related to tea so I just might have to try to make this one.

Crystal said...

I just love this idea, what a great way to put bird feeders around your garden. The addition of the teapot, just sets it all off.
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

Carol said...

Oh my gosh, I thought your plates were a terrific idea! The tea pot and tea cup and saucer are wonderful! I'm going to have to go to some garage sales and second hand stores and hunt some down! I love your new header, it looks great!

Bella Dreams said...

Too cute! And you're right, that is very simple! I think I'm going to be on the hunt for some cute cups and saucers. Thanks for the tip.

*Ulrike* said...

That is soooo cute!!! I love teacups and tea pots. Thanks for the instructions. Glad you have a/c. My daughter who lives up the hill from us (in our old place)is getting a new one. A whole unit, but like you said, that's why we have the emergency fund!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty and love the tea pot hanging over it like that.. Thanks for the tutorial. Yes - I do like you header very much - very pretty.
Glenda

Lou Cinda said...

SHUT UP!! I love this!! LOVE IT!! I'm gonna do it!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

So precious.....

The header is FAB!!

Lou Cinda :)

Susie Q said...

This is absolutely adorable! The addition of the tea pot is perfect! Just the whimsy I love and so, so pretty!!

You are a gifted girl!!

Love,
Sue

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Oh, I LOVE the new header.

I must try this with the tea cup feeder. I actually saw a garden a few years ago that had a number of these in the corner of their garden and it was so cute.

It was at a garage sale and later I wish I'd asked the woman how she made them. Now I know where to come back for info. :)

prof en retraite said...

Hi Manuela! I love your new header! The jar for jam looks like the Bonne Maman jam jars they have in France! And your tea cup feeder is as cute as can be! You are getting a whole china garden, aren't you? So clever! I'm glad your AC is fixed. It is so much cooler this week, isn't it? Have a happy 4th!!...Debbie

Amanda said...

I've seen the tea cup bird feeders but never the hanging tea pot! That is so creative! They are adorable... especially with the plate border! I love it! Thanks for sharing :-)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

OHMYGOSH....... I adore the teapot pouring into the tea cup. I have NEVER seen that done I LOVE it.....I say that alot to you" I have never seen that before"
You are just amazing my friend...
Hugie hugs
Linda

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Hi Manuela,

I love this project! The teapot is such a clever addition. Your garden is so whimsical and fun--I expect characters from Alice in Wonderland to emerge from under the hydrangeas at any moment to have a spot of tea :) Thanks so much for mentioning my blog and encouraging folks to stop on by!

Amy

Elizabeth said...

caaaaaaaaute!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh! I love the addition of the teapot!!!! I have a cup/saucer. I used a piece of porch railing for the base and then drilled a hole through the cup and saucer with a bit especially made for chine. Then screwed the cup/saucer to the porch railing.

I use my for a tealight candle when we are outside in the evening.
Hugs,
Penny

Sue said...

Such an adorable idea that everyone will now be copying! What an inspiration you are, Manuela. hugs, Sue

salmagundi said...

Glad your AC is fixed as that makes the heat outside tolerable. Your garden is looking great. Sally

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I like how you do this...and I am going to print it off...and try to make it! These would make great gifts! Do you use yours for bird seed or water for the birds?

OH...and I LOVE, love, love your header!
XOXO
Joni

Angie said...

This is just so cute and whimsical! I would smile too every time I looked at it!

Manuela said...

Manuela, it's such an adorable idea! Makes your garden look even more beautiful!
Youre header is very nice too!
Have a wonderful and safe 4th!

Christine said...

It reminds me of the nursery song, "I'm a little Tea Pot."
Thanks for letting us know how you accomplished this art work.

Victoria said...

What a beautiful idea!

I wanted to tell you how much your post on conservation of water impressed me and has made me think about all the water I waste! Over the past couple of days I have kept a bowl in my sink and caught excess water from washing veggies, etc and then watered my plants. We are on a well so there is no water charge BUT we do live with the thought that our well may run dry one day. Thanks for making me think twice.

Victoria

Glenda said...

Well as a bird lover, I like this idea. This I will have to try myself. I also, like your border around your flower bed.


CIao

Jennifer said...

Great idea, and so simple to make! I can just imagine how delighted the little birdies will be to eat off such fine china! It really is cute and adds such a fun touch to your garden.

Have a wonderful 4th!

xo, Jennifer

glorv1 said...

I love your new header, very nice. That's a great idea of a teacup in a small garden area. Great stuff Manuela.

Rosey Pollen said...

Manuela,
I do like your new header, looking splendid, just like your previous one!
CUte CUTE CUTE! Love the tea cup bird feeder! I need to visit thrift shop and make one of these ASAP! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.
Rosey

Marie said...

I love the tea cup bird feeder and the tea pot. They really go well with your plate border. What clever and neat ideas!

Gracie said...

What a funny thing! I like the idea, you're transforming your garden in a tea parlor!

Sharon said...

Your header is beautiful Manuela! Amy did a wonderful job and I will stopping by her place to visit :)

I love your Tea Cup Bird Feeders. They are just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Have a Blessed Independence Day!

~Sharon

Barb said...

Love your tea cup feeder idea, and the teapot just make it much cuter.
I love your new header. I always enjoy your blog and all the great projects your come up with.
Barb

Rebekah said...

Your garden is taking on a decided "Mad Tea Party" vibe these days. I love it! :)

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I can do that, thank you xoxox Clarice

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Your tea cup and pot look right at home in your garden! I love the idea of including the pot. Very lovely.

Lady Katherine said...

I love it! I been wanting some so bad! I seen them drilled through, but just might could do this! I been trying to get hubby to make me some, I want a fountain made from the tea cup and teapot too! I have no time. I had such a wonderful week of getting things done while I was feeling better. Now I am exhausted, I have four grandchildren daily for a week and do not know when they will get a sitter! She has one starting in August. I love being with them but too much of a good thing. When they leave I just hit the bath and go to bed. I go to Doc Tuesday the seventh, so I will not have them then. I go to find out if I am ready for surgery, he's not going to be happy! Love your wonderful tea cup and saucers and tea pot and your dish borders! I tried to save plates to make your border, they landed on my table instead. lol

Amanda @ Morning Glory Cottage said...

How cute is that!!! Love your new header, it's so you. Seriously I am coming your way to go to the thrift shops. I never find things that cute. Of course I would say that most of my town probably doesn't decorate cottage either. Go figure. Thanks for the wallpaper advice I'll check it out. So love the teapot and teacup. I'm gonna look around to do me one. Have a great 4th of July Manuela.

Grandma Nina said...

I have a tea cup bird feeder and love it, but I never thought of the hanging teapot and just love the china plate border. Now I need to go take a look at my garden and see how I can incorporate this idea. Thanks.

Terry said...

I love love love this teacup birdfeeder. I plan on working on things around the house and this is something I must make for my backyard. You are so creative and inspring each time I read your blog.

Have a safe 4th of July!

mary'smom said...

This is a really cute idea. Looks great!

Rhondi said...

I didn't think it had been so long since I visited you but I sure have missed a lot of great posts! I love the whimsy of your garden with all the plates and teacup feeder and teapot.It is wonderful!! Oh and I like your new header too!

mary'smom said...
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mary'smom said...

Thank you! I hope you try the coffee. My mom thinks its wonderful. I like your blog. :3

*Hugs*
♫Mary♫

(Laura's daughter)

michele said...

What an original idea for tea cups and pots. I love the dishes as a garden border and the tea cup bird feeder.