do it yourself teacup bird feeder

Hold the teacup in a natural way letting gravity show you where it needs to be so that it hangs nicely.

I use a piece of painters tape to help guide me. My line was still a little crooked… ummm… maybe a lot crooked, lol, but it doesn’t really matter.

Like last week’s bird feeder you can use Marine Goop adhesive, which is available at big box home improvement and department stores. I’ve also heard that E6000 works well, but I’ve never used it myself.

Place the teacup on to the saucer. Where the teacup goes on the saucer totally depends on the shape of the teacup and how it fits onto the saucer.

Use painters tape to hold the teacup in place, making sure that the handle is sticking straight up.

Once the teacup is where you want it, apply painters tape right across the top of the teacup over the handle as shown in the above pic.

It’s important that it stay in place while the glue cures. This one wasn’t ready by posting time. So here’s one that I made two years ago, but never posted, hanging in the garden from a shepherd’s hook.

Because of the shape of this teacup it had to be glued onto the saucer in a different way than the one I used for the demo.

The bottom rim of this teacup fits perfectly on the edge of the saucer… so that’s how I glued it.

The nice thing about this style of teacup bird feeder is that if you use a teacup with a beautiful interior like this one it will still be visible when filled with bird seed.

This version can also be staked like last week’s teacup bird feeder if preferred to hanging.

This bird feeder is perfect for gardens frequented by smaller feathered friends. As long as there are no crash landings there shouldn’t be too much spillage.

How To Make A Teacup Bird Feeder

The following supplies are needed to assemble a homemade teacup bird feeder: (affiliate links to products that I use and recommend are below)

Start by gluing the teacup to the saucer. Apply glue in a line across the teacup’s rim and bottom, directly across from the handle. Next, insert the teacup into the saucer while gripping it by its handle. To allow the birdseed to “spill out” in front of the cup, make sure the cup is positioned toward the back of the saucer.

Both E6000 craft adhesive and DAP clear silicone adhesive are nice and thick, and the cup will probably stand up on its own after about a minute. But if it starts to tip over, just prop it up while the glue dries. Double check the instructions, but these adhesives usually take about an hour or two to really dry.

Once the adhesive is dry, it’s time to hang your teacup bird feeder! If you pick up the teacup by the handle, and the saucer hangs nice and flat, then this part is super easy: just tie a piece of twine around the handle and hang it from a tree or a bird feeder hanger. If you pick up the teacup by the handle and the saucer is tipped one way or the other, don’t worry! You can still hang it perfectly flat, it will just take a little more twine and glue. ??

First, cut three lengths of twine, each about two feet long. Securely knot the three strands together at one end, and then adhere the knot to the saucer’s bottom in the center. Prior to applying glue to the knot, make sure the three strands are slightly spread out.

Next, ensure that all three strands are as evenly spaced as possible by pulling them out to the sides of the saucer. Glue these strands down onto the saucer near the rim. If desired, you can attach the twine to the saucer momentarily with a dab of hot glue and hold it there while the glue dries. Although the twine will be held in place quite securely by hot glue, I would still use the other ceramic adhesive. The weight of the cup, saucer, and birdseed is too much for the hot glue to support, and I’m not sure how well it would hold up after being outside for a while.

Gather the three strands of twine above the teacup to support the weight of the teacup and saucer once the glue on the saucer has dried. After adjusting the three strands to hang the saucer perfectly level, knot them together above the teacup.

Now go hang your teacup bird feeder outside! Hang it from a tree or a bird feeder hanger, adding more twine if you need it to hang lower. Once your teacup is hanging, add some birdseed, then stand back and enjoy the birds!

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do it yourself teacup bird feeder

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This teacup’s shape required it to be adhered to the saucer differently than the one I used for the demonstration.

I glued the teacup to the saucer because its bottom rim fits perfectly on its edge.

When the teacup is in the desired location, use painter’s tape to cover the handle and the top of the teacup, as seen in the image above.

It’s critical that it remain in place as the glue cures. This one wasn’t ready by posting time. This is one I created two years ago, but I never shared it. It’s hanging from a shepherd’s hook in the garden.

You can use Marine Goop adhesive, which is sold at big box home improvement and department stores, to make bird feeders similar to the one from last week. Additionally, I’ve heard that E6000 performs well, but I’ve never actually used it.


How do you make a tea cup bird feeder?

Cover the teacup and saucer with a coat of varnish to make it water resistant. Thread a light blue piece of ribbon through the handle of the teacup and tie the ends in a knot to create a loop. Put bird seed into the teacup so that it falls out onto the saucer for the birds to feed from.

How do you make a mini bird feeder?

Plastic bottle bird feeder Skewer an empty plastic bottle with two wooden spoons and fill with birdseed for this super easy feeder. You’ll need a utility blade like an X-Acto knife to cut the holes for the spoons. Be sure to cut larger holes by the mouths of the spoons so birdseed can spill out.

What kind of glue do you use for a teacup bird feeder?

When you’ve decided on the placement of the cup, use hot glue and/or a strong non-toxic epoxy to cement the pieces in place. Make sure to follow the manufacturer suggestions on how to use exactly. Also make sure to clean up any glue strands etc. so the birds don’t accidentally ingest it.