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

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

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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.

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. 
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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.

Originally Published in Country Woman

Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.