Hanging Tea Cup Bird Feeder

I found the prettiest cup and saucer in the world. It was only 2 dollars and I knew I needed to turn it into something extra-special!

Isn’t it perfect? Well, I made it perfect-er:

It’s a bird-feeder! You can put water in the saucer too 🙂

If you wanna make one, read on!

All you need is a cup and saucer, three large jewelry bails, about 42 inches of sturdy chain, and some E6000 glue.

First, put a ring of glue around the cup and then place the cup in the middle of the saucer. It’s like having a tea party with harsh chemicals. Make sure you open a window.

Turn the cup and saucer upside down and glue 3 evenly-spaced bails onto the plate like so.

Allow that to dry for 24 hours, during which you can assemble the chain!

You need three 12 inch lengths of chain, and one 6 inch length.

Attach the 3 longer chains to the shorter chain, and then search through your key-ring stash for a perfect hanging device.

I decided to make a little charm decoration for the top of the hanger. I brought out some beads, an old bracelet and other nifty things that I could stick together to create something beautiful!

Oooooh, Aaaaaah.

And I attached it to the top of the chain. Once your cup and saucer and bails have finished drying for 24 hours, you can start to attach the bottom of the chains to the bails!

I’d let it dry for another 24 hours before you hang it in your garden, just to be safe.

And there you have a really cute, really functional (for the birds anyways) decoration that would add so much to any garden. I’m sure you can think of a dozen people who would love to receive one of these as a gift!

I saw the original idea on Pinterest, and then followed the tutorial here. There are also some different versions of these feeders that are set on top of a piece of pipe- here is an example of that type.

Well, I hope you will take a trip to a thrift shop to scout out the perfect china to use for this project! Imagine hunting down your grandmas or mom’s favorite pattern and making her one to match a set that is special to her?

Happy Bird-feeding!



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15 Responses to Hanging Tea Cup Bird Feeder

  1. Ha! I have always wanted to do this, but couldn’t figure out how to attach a hanger. That is so perfect!

  2. Katrina says:

    Love it Dot!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is fantastic just ordered the bails from eBay and going to make on for Mother’s Day , thank you so much

  4. Anonymous says:

    CUTE!! So gonna do this 🙂

  5. So going to make my mamma one for Mother day thanks so much for the idea 🙂

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  7. Anonymous says:

    How do you measure to evenly space the hangers?

    • Honestly, I just eye-balled it, but you could totally measure the circumference of the plate with a tape measurer then divide it in three to get perfect spacing 🙂 Or you could measure the diameter and use the pi equation if you are a mathematician!

      • Jolene Holcombe says:

        I printed out a clock face and put my saucer down on top and used a sharpie marker to mark spots at 12, 4, and 8!! No measuring and perfect spacing!!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much I seen them but didn’t know how to put the chain on. I know my birds will love this.

  11. Rose says:

    Matching cup and saucer is good it is very pretty if you want to get a odd cup and a odd saucer plate bright colors is beautiful mixs them up..🌹

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