Here’s a fun weekend project using some recycled glass dishes and a few other items. This simple project recycles a glass saucer and teacup to make a decorative bird feeder for your yard or garden area.
Glass Saucer and Teacup – These saucers have an indented area on one side of the saucer that the cup sits in. If you don’t have any of these glass cups and saucers, you can probably find them fairly cheap at garage sales or thrift stores.
Copper Pipe – You will need a section of copper pipe. Choose a length 12 inches longer than you want the height of the bird feeder. For example, if you want your bird feeder to be about 3 feet tall, purchase a 4 foot length of pipe. This allows for one foot to be placed in the ground for good support, a little more if you have really soft ground. The pipe diameter should be 1/2″ to 1″.
Copper Cap – Make sure it fits snuggly on the pipe.
Glue – Glass epoxy or other very strong glue.
Decorative items like glass beads, marbles, glass paint, etc.
Glue the cup to the saucer and add whatever decorations you like. Once everything is completely dry, attach the copper cap to the underside of the saucer. You may need to rough up the copper cap with a bit of sand paper so the glue will adhere better. Try to locate the center weight by carefully balancing the bird feeder on one finger, but do not let go with your other hand. You want to glue the copper cap as close to the weighted center as possible. Let dry completely. After everything is completely dry, push the copper pipe into the ground where you want your bird feeder. If the ground is hard, use a rubber mallet to carefully pound the pipe in about 12 inches. Be careful not to dent the top of the pipe, otherwise your cap will not fit properly. Do not use a regular hammer. Line up the cap with the pipe, and carefully press the bird feeder down. Fill the cup with birdseed and add water to the saucer for a miniature birdbath.