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DIY Cup and Saucer Birdfeeder

October 8, 2013

I love to get creative with my Goodwill finds, and these bird feeders certainly fit the bill for a unique, yet simple, DIY project. Here are six easy steps to turn a mismatched cup and saucer set into a whimsical and creative bird feeder:


  1. Find a cute cup and saucer set for a steal at your nearest Goodwill retail store! While you’re there, you can also buy some mismatched spoons to create a perch for your feathered friends if you would like.
  2. Purchase a pipe and pipe cap from your local hardware store in your desired color or metal. Use copper piping for a sleek and shiny look or go affordable with black pipe that will blend into your garden plants. Make sure the pipe is slightly longer than you want your feeder to stand so that you have the ability to hammer it into the soil securely.
  3. Securely glue the cup (and spoon) to the saucer. Gorilla glue works great for this. Once that is dried, glue the pipe cap to the base of your cup and saucer combo. Try to get it centered to prevent wobbling when the birds land on it. Let it dry completely.
  4. Pick a place outside to put your feeder and pound the pipe into the ground by about a foot or until it will not wobble or fall over.
  5. Carefully line up the pipe cap glued to the bottom of your feeder with the pipe in the ground to make sure your feeder will stay on.
  6. Fill your feeder with bird seed and enjoy the show!

Liz Nelson is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston and a regular contributor to Questions and comments can be sent to: liznelson17 @

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  1. October 9, 2013 9:13 am

    Love this Idea. I once made a cupcake stand using candle sticks and plates for the Good Will. Thanks for sharing this bird feeder idea. I love watching birds.

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