vintage teacup bird feeder

This adorable homemade bird feeder is a cinch to make and the perfect DIY wedding favor for an outdoor wedding. It also makes a perfect shower gift or bridesmaid gift. (I made some last year as teacher gifts and I will be doing the same this year.)

If your wedding is still a few months away, round up vintage teacups from garage sales, and second-hand stores. I found most of mine at second hand stores for $2 – $4 each.

Homemade Bird Feeder from Vintage Teacups Tutorial

You will need:

  • 3 feet of 1/2 inch copper plumbing pipe per bird feeder (I paid $4 for three feet at a hardware store)
  • copper cap
  • sand paper or sanding block
  • teacup
  • epoxy
    (I used 5 minute epoxy. If you are making a bunch of these go for the slower drying epoxy.)
  • mixing tray and bamboo stick
  • Q-tip
  • birdseed

Gather your vintage teacups.

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Gather other supplies, including epoxy.

five mintue epoxy

Sand bottom of copper cap.

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Sand bottom of cup, inside of saucer and bottom of saucer. This will help to make them adhere better.

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Mix epoxy.

five minute epoxy

mixing epoxy

Place epoxy on rim of cup and inside of saucer.

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Set cup on top of saucer and hold in place for a few seconds.

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Let sit for half an hour. After it has set, turn it over and place a dab of epoxy on copper cap and back of saucer.

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Let sit for half an hour. Meantime, sand copper pipe to bring out its sheen.

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When set, place copper pipe inside the cap and poke into ground.

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If giving these homemade bird feeders as favors or gifts, attach a small bag of birdseed. Your guests will love these – and so will the birds!

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  1. Posted by Karen on June 19th, 2011 at 1:52pm

    That is SO cute! My husband made a couple of wooden bird feeders too, and he's used some cans to make custom ash buckets that are really pretty as well. You can see them here:
  2. Posted by emma on July 28th, 2011 at 8:50am

    Very creative and beautiful. Looks like an esay to follow tutorial. I will have to try this.
  3. Posted by Rachael on April 30th, 2012 at 10:36pm

    is there something cheaper than copper you could use for the stake?
  4. Posted by Christina on April 30th, 2012 at 10:50pm

    Hi Rachael... I'm sure there are other types of metal you could use. Check your local hardware store for alternatives and spray paint it if you don't like the colour.
  5. Posted by Iris on June 4th, 2012 at 8:29pm

    cute, but probably not practical re: rain........
  6. Posted by Christina on June 5th, 2012 at 2:52pm

    Iris, you can easily dump out the water.
  7. Posted by Mary G. on October 9th, 2012 at 8:27pm

    I have made soooo many of these for my husband's clients. I am always buying cups and saucers at garage and estate sales. I started making them about 15 years ago. Every client absolutely loves them and so easy to make. I have also made bird baths from old glass light shades. A big hit too.
  8. Posted by Lindsay on February 25th, 2013 at 5:18pm

    These are so cute!! I love them. It's funny I just saw this teapot nester on Kinsman Garden's site and it would look perfect in garden with this!

    Thanks for sharing such a great DIY!
  9. Posted by Melissa on April 13th, 2013 at 10:11am

    LOVE this! Just pinned it! It would also be so cute with votive candles to light a path for a garden party! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa
  10. Posted by Marie on May 27th, 2013 at 5:11am

    hi nice idea.does the copper pipe screw into the cap or how does it stay there? we live in a windy area! tks
  11. Posted by Jane on July 13th, 2013 at 11:42am

    Hello! I'm visiting from the Pinterest Party, and I adore your tea cup bird feaders! I'm pinning this because I'd like to make some of these, too! And you're right. They'd make such a great gift.
  12. Posted by Di on July 14th, 2013 at 8:03am

    I love this, I am going to make some out of my mom and nana's cups for my girls! I also pinned you on Pinterest, visiting from DebbieDoo's Blitz Party
  13. Posted by linda on July 14th, 2013 at 10:12pm

    I make the tea cup feeders. I use the 6000 glue. And where we live I have to take them in for the winter or they will crack. I forgot one winter:( Thanks for the pictures , sure adds a touch to the garden.
  14. Posted by Jan on August 28th, 2013 at 8:32pm

    I've made several of these and no matter what I have used for 'glue', the cap comes off the saucer eventually. I'm going to try sanding and hope that works. Thanks for the tutorial (and the hint about epoxy).
  15. Posted by Lee Kursch on January 5th, 2014 at 5:21pm

    I was actually thinking the cup could be filled with water anyway for drinking/bath so it wouldn't matter if it rained. I'm sure some maintenance to keep them clean would be necessary, but that wouldn't take that much time. If there is a child about, it could be a small job about the home to help the household or earn an allowance.
  16. Posted by Debra daniel on May 11th, 2014 at 9:18pm

    These are soooo cute, but I would never be able to share such beautiful coffee cups with the birds. I would have to keep them for myself,lol
  17. Posted by Monica on June 19th, 2014 at 1:35am

    Thanks for the inspiration.
  18. Posted by jane on August 5th, 2014 at 6:11pm

    Thanks for the directions. I really like the copper pipe :-)
  19. Posted by sandi on November 9th, 2014 at 8:09am

    Thank. You will, do this,for our garden club meeting in the spring for everyone's garden . We do project sand visit garden for 4 month in the spring. Then we plant flowers on main street spring and fall. Take care of the veterans garden all year. We are community minded group. There 32 member from 45-96 years old .fun group. Sandi
  20. Posted by Donna on December 29th, 2014 at 11:03pm

    Can you use another type of stake, cheaper than copper?
    Making these for a shower, possibly 35 of them.
  21. Posted by Christina on December 30th, 2014 at 3:30pm

    Yes you can, but in our opinion, copper looks the best.
  22. Posted by Helen A Walker on March 7th, 2015 at 12:54am

    Home made bird feeders: This is amazing. I have LOTS of tea cups---colored decorative bowls ad fancy dishes. This will be one way to get use out of them.
    Thank you so much.
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