Recycled Cup & Saucer Bird Feeder

I love to thrift shop almost as much as I love to craft. Luckily, the two go hand-in-hand! Choosing to craft with re-purposed items means you save your pocket book and the environment at the same time. What’s not to love about that? This recycled bird feeder is a fun project to make with all those beautiful mismatched tea sets you often find at thrift stores. It comes together super easy, the decorating options are endless, and your feathered friends will greatly appreciate the little snack!

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-Crafts-UnleashedDepending on what you find at your local thrift store, this recycled bird feeder project can be made to suite any style. I went with two crystal pieces that weren’t a pair but complimented each other nicely. The great thing about using Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive is that you can use it to adhere pretty much any slick service to another.

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-04smSupplies needed to make your own recycled bird feeder:supply2

Step 1. Apply a ring of the glass adhesive to the base of the tea cup and press into the center of the saucer. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before decorating.

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-Crafts-Unleashed--08Step 2. Cut a 12″ piece of the jewelry wire (longer if you need) and begin stringing the beads. Order two packs of beads if you want them to cover the entire distance of the wire.

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-Crafts-Unleashed--01sm Step 3. If you only ordered one set of beads, add some decorative curls to the end  by tightly wrapping the ends around a pencil and removing. Stretch out the curls to achieve your desired look.

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-02smStep 4. Use pliers to wrap wire around handles. You can always glue washers or small d-rings to the edges of the saucer if your cup didn’t come with two handles like my example. Just make sure the glue dries completely before stringing the wire through.

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-03smStep 5. The only thing left is to fill the bird feeder with bird seed/water and hang for all the birds to enjoy!

Recycled-Bird-Feeder-Crafts-Unleashed-3This recycled bird feeder was so easy and fun to make. I think they’d even be a great housewarming or birthday gift and with so many different bead options at Consumer Crafts, you can be as creative and unique as you want!


About Vanessa

Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at


  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    Very creative.
    Would also make for cute candy dish for Easter or any holiday to set out on your dinning room table or entry table


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