With a long ‘Mediterranean’ summer guaranteeing us all a bumper harvest of fruit and vegetables this year, our hedgerows and trees are also groaning with an abundance of wild pickings ensuring our garden birds will be well fed, healthy and ready for winter.
However, there’s no reason why we still can’t help our feathered friends out with a steady supply of fresh water and seeds to feast on, if only to enjoy them visiting our garden.
So, to encourage more birds, whilst adding a little glamour, to your garden why not give this simple upcycling project a go?
A teacup bird feeder.
To make your own bird feeder, all you need is:
A teacup and saucer
A length of copper pipe, 15mm diameter
1 copper pipe end cap, 15mm diameter
Glue gun and hot melt glue gun sticks
1. Using a pipe cutter, cut the copper pipe to approximately 1 metre in length.
2. Next, using the craft knife, carefully cut a piece of cork to fit snuggly into one end of the copper pipe, ensuring it finishes flush with the end.
3. Sand both the bottom of the teacup and saucer to create a ‘key’ to help the glue bond.
4. Glue the teacup to the saucer, then glue the copper pipe end cap centrally to the base of the saucer.
5. Finally, glue the copper pipe (corked end) into the end cap and hold firmly until completely bonded.
6. Find a suitable place in your garden to site your feeder, ideally near the safe shelter of a bush or tree in a quieter area of your garden. Firmly push the pipe about 10cm into the ground.
7. Fill your teacup with fresh water and sprinkle a generous handful of good quality bird seed around the saucer.
8. Sit back and watch your feathery friends enjoy a little teatime treat.
Why don’t you give this a go? Good quality and inexpensive teacup and saucers can be found in most charity shops and these feeders look gorgeous in anyone’s garden, they also make lovely gifts for the bird-lover in your life.
Do you like this craft, would you like to see more like it, let me know, your feedback is always welcome?