How to Make a Tea Cup and Saucer Bird Feeder

Posted on June 4th, 2017

We saw this idea on a market stall in Sussex. There was a stall filled with different bird feeders but one really took our eye. It was made from a teacup and saucer. We bought it and took it home with us. As luck would have it we were staying with Farmer Nick’s Mum who has an antiques business. She kindly gave us a box full of her odd china which wasn’t worthy of her shop. Nick bought the rods from a DIY store and had the bolts already and back in Cornwall we set about repurposing the old china. I had a plan forming in my mind for where to put the bird feeders so that all our holiday guests could enjoy them too.

How to Make a Teacup and Saucer Bird Feeder

What you’ll need

  • Rod with screw grooves

  • 2 bolts

  • 2 washers

  • Tea Cup and saucer

  • Drill with tile drill piece

  • Silicon
What You'll need Teacup Bird Feeder


Method for Making a Tea Cup and Saucer Bird Feeder

Drill a hole in the saucer Drill a hole in the saucer the width of the rod
Drill a hole in base of the tea cup Drill a hole in the teacup
Add the first nut and washer Place a washer and bolt onto the rod
Add the saucer and cup silicone each layer as you go Silicone the holes and place on bar
Secure with a second washer and nutAdd the final washer and bolt and tighten
Leave the silicon to dryLeave to dry
Teacup on the Welly WalkPush the rod into the ground and fill the cup with water and the saucer with bird food got pic


A few alternatives you could try.

You can make it without the silicone, which was how we saw ours for sale and offer two forms of food instead of water and food.

If you don’t have the facilities to drill the tea cup you could glue it and hang it from the tea cup in a tree.

We made a trail of 8 bird feeders along our old welly walk filling each with different goodies for the birds. The children made toilet roll binoculars to go on a stealth walk and see what they could spot.   

Nb: Although food is plentiful for the birds in summer, by winter I think they will be glad of our bird feeders.

A few extras ideas for the Teacup Bird Feeders


Short Video Tutorial on how to make a tea cup and saucer bird feeder 


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