Teacup Bird Feeder

Much like I am in real life, I am consistently late on these blog posts.  But, hey, at least I’m consistent?

Anyway, with summer coming up quickly and with it, open-window season, I wanted to make something for the lovely birds in my yard.  Well, more for the cats, but the birds get a free meal out of it.

I’ve seen this idea floating around Pinterest and thought it’d make a quick and cute project.  It’s simple and cheap to make, too!  All you need is a teacup and saucer, some ribbon or twine, strong glue (I used E6000), and some birdseed.

I found the teacup and saucer at my local Goodwill.  I have heaps of twine and ribbon laying around from other crafts.  I picked twine, since I’ve been digging the shabby chic look lately.  I know very little about birdseed, so I just bought the smallest bag I could find at Home Depot.

The instructions for this craft are super easy.  Step 1: Turn the teacup on its side.  Step 2: glue teacup to saucer.

The glue I used takes time to cure, and is malleable for a good while after you first stick things together.  Because of the shape and weight of my teacup, I ended up using a bunch of washi tape to hold the cup where I wanted it to be.  It’s not pictured below, but I also commandeered some of my fiance’s metal D&D figures to hold the rim of the cup down.

I let my glue cure overnight – a good 20 hours or so – before I removed the washi tape and added my twine.  I wrapped the twine around the teacup handle several times and used just the smallest touch of liquid super glue to keep it in place.

I used some liquid super glue on the knot I made at the other end of the twine, just to be sure it stayed knotted.  I hung the final product from the magnolia tree in my front yard, easily viewable from my living room windows.

I haven’t noticed any more birds than usual, but I have noticed that my squirrel neighbors seem to be pleased.  And the cats are loving the live shows!

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