How to Make a DIY Birdfeeder and Bird House with Vintage China

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Offer this season’s avian arrivals a warm welcome to your yard with a teacup birdfeeder and a teapot bird house.

teacup bird feederMark Derse/Country Woman

These craft projects are perfect if you have some vintage china to repurpose and want to attract more backyard birds. Turn a pretty teapot and a teacup and saucer into a DIY bird feeder and birdhouse that your feathered friends will love. Psst—here’s how to make a DIY nesting box for bluebirds.

Teacup Bird Feeder

What You’ll Need

  • Teacup with matching saucer
  • Industrial glue or epoxy
  • Ribbon
  • Birdseed


  1. Arrange teacup on its side, the handle facing upward, on the saucer.
  2. Apply glue where the teacup meets the saucer. Hold teacup in place while glue sets. Allow to dry according to glue instructions.
  3. Tie ribbon to handle to hang. Fill cup and saucer with birdseed.

Tip: Because vintage china sometimes contains lead in the glazes, test pieces intended for use by people or animals with a DIY kit like the Pro-Lab lead surface test kit. $8, on

teapot birdhouseMark Derse/Country Woman

Teapot Birdhouse

What You’ll Need

  • Wooden craft plaque
  • Stain, optional
  • Hanging hardware
  • Teapot
  • Industrial glue or epoxy
  • Paintbrush or rag
  • Hammer


  1. If desired, stain plaque and allow to dry completely.
  2. Using hammer, attach hanging hardware to the top center of plaque back.
  3. Apply glue to bottom of teapot and press into place on plaque. Allow to dry according to the glue instructions.
  4. Hang outdoors or indoors for decorative use.

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Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her gardens. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.