Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Teacup Bird Feeders

Several weeks ago I found a darling idea for turning a vintage teacup into a bird feeder!  You can read about it HERE.  A recent trip to one of our thrift stores in town produced these 2 darling vintage teacups and saucers in perfect condition!  Score!  I loved that they were a vintage Corelle and a vintage Pfaltzgraff.  And I LOVED the shapes of them.

A tube of "Amazing E-6000" glue which is clear, waterproof, and works on glass and china well, was the next step.

After washing and drying the cups well, I put a bead of glue along the edge of the bottom of the cup, making sure this is where the cup will sit flatly on the saucer.

Same thing for the Corelle cup...this pattern is from the late 60s and early 70s and is called Snowflake Blue Garland.  Sweet.

I made a trip, earlier today, to Home Depot.  Now I rarely go there without husband along, so I really felt like a "big girl" taking care of this next part all by myself!  I found the plumbing aisle where the copper pipes are and had a 10 foot long, 1/2 inch wide piece of pipe cut into 3rds.  Next I found (among the myriads of little boxes on this wall) the 1/2 inch copper caps.  Purchased three.

Next I carefully turned the cups and saucers (which are glued and drying) upside down and after sandpapering the tops of the copper caps to make sure they stick well, I glued them to the center of the bottom of the saucer.  Easy.

The copper pipe can be sanded for extra shine, and I plan to spray it with polyurethane spray so that it won't rust.  But it easily sticks right into moist ground and makes a great stand for the teacup bird feeder.  The cap slips right over the top of it.  What a brilliant idea.  I am always amazed by the creative people God has made!!!  And am so thankful for the ideas that they share with the rest of us.  Thank you DIY Weddings!
The rest of these pictures just show what the finished product looks like.  I will be quiet now and let you enjoy the photographs.

Are you getting excited to try one of these?!  What precious gifts they would make!  I plan to make one for myself, for my mom and daughter and mom in law, and some to sell in my etsy shop!  In fact, these two will probably go in the etsy shop as soon as I get back from vacation next week.  Thank you for stopping in to visit!  I so appreciate your time and sweet comments.

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