DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

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This week I have another garden DIY for you! This teacup bird feeder is such a great and economical DIY project. I used a teacup and saucer from the flea market, beads I already had and chain from the hardware store, all together it costs less than $10 to make. And the best part is that it is an easy craft! You could make a whole batch of them in a few hours(plus drying time) and knock out part of your holiday gift list early. I love how sweet it looks hanging in the garden!

Here’s what you need:

*Teacup and Saucer






*S Hook or figure 8 hook

Step 1: Glue cup- Glue cup to saucer with the E6000 glue.

Step 2: Glue Bails- After teacup is set enough flip it over and glue one bail so the hole or loop is in the center of the saucer. Glue three bails equal distance apart on the edge of the saucer. To get them to set right and not slide down before they dry, put something under each bail to gently hold it into position. I used scraps of fabric stacked up to the rim.

Step 3: Cut chain- Cut a small piece of chain to dangle under the teacup. Cut three equal lengths of chain to the length you want it to hang, then cut one short piece about two inches long to attach everything to.

Step 4: Attach beads and chain- Make bead dangle to your liking, then attach with pliers to the end of the medium length chain. Then attach chain to the bottom bail of the saucer by carefully opening up the chain end with your pliers and then closing it back around the loop of the bail. Now, attach one end of the longer chain to one of the bails on the edge of the saucer, repeat with other chains. Next, take the smallest chain and open the bottom loop, bring all three long chains up to the short chain and attach to the open end, then close up with pliers.

Step 5: Attach hook- Carefully open up one end of your s hook or figure 8 hook and attach it to the top of the short chain. Close up snugly, and your finished. Just add birdseed.

Easy, right! This could be used as not only a bird feeder, but also as a bird bath for really tiny birds, or a small planter. This DIY’s is so fun and easy to make! And the birds like em’ too. Hope you all enjoy making this sweet little craft!

Happy Crafting!

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36 Responses

  1. dressesandme

    That is such a great idea! So cute!

  2. My stepdad made me some teacup feeders by putting them on metal poles so I could stake them as garden art. I love your hanging ones, especially the beds hanging down.

  3. Nice Tea cup idea, I have seen them on posts but not on chains…thanks for sharing how you did it. I haven’t had good luck with E6000 for some reason.

  4. Hey this one is really nice I was also thinking of making a bird feeder as the one I have found in market are expensive as well as not very nice. Also this is solving two purpose i.e. adding a personal touch /charm to garden as well as nice bird feeder. We can also use only saucer for keeping water right?

    • Thanks, i’m glad you like it! Yeah, you could use it with just a saucer, or you could fill the teacup with water for a tiny birdbath.

  5. Original! I’ve never seen a bird feeder quite like this. How well do you think it will do in windy conditions? (Found you via Sugar and Dots)

    • Thank You:) I think it would do fine if it were windy, you’d probably loose some birdseed if it were quite gusty, but I don’t think it would break. For added security, I used a figure 8 hook at the top, so it can’t come off where it is hung without pliers.

  6. so cute! will def make one of these…have seen others before, but never thought about using jewelry bails for hanging…very clever! oh, thanx for stopping by to visit me, i appreciate it! will be stopping back soon!
    take care!

  7. This is so pretty! I love the idea of using jewelry bails. Genius!

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  9. Hi! I love your idea, but where did you find those bails? I’m having trouble finding ones that will be strong enough to bear the weight of the teacup. Thanks!

    • Thanks Karyn! I bought my bails online a while ago, I get them from different places, but I think these came from Sun and Moon Craft Kits. They have their own website now at They have a lot of different bails to choose from and they are really fast with shipping and such. Thanks again!

      • Thanks! I actually was able to find some really great ones from a seller on Amazon. :) I’m excited to start crafting!

        • Oh cool! I never would have thought to look on Amazon. I’d love to see your birdfeeder when you make it, send me a pic if you get a chance :) Hope you have fun making it!

          • Sure! Can I post them via your blog?

            I’m actually going to attempt to make about 20 of them, to give as christmas gifts this year :)

          • Sure Karyn! That would be so fun! If you want to send me a little blurb about your experience and some pics I’ll do a little post about it :)

  10. LOVE this! I am pinning! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa

  11. What is a bail? And where do I find them? Thanks.
    Love these!!!

  12. I love the idea of using jewelry bails.

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  17. Oh so pretty and simple! My chain got all rusty. What should I be using so this doesn’t happen?

    • Hmm, I cannot remember exactly what type of chain I used, but it was from the hardware store. You can try spraying your chain with a polyurethane. Or you can ask at the hardware chain for a chain that won’t rust outside. Wish I could be of more help

  18. Cheryl

    We Got our bails at Great slection