I love to thrift shop almost as much as I love to craft. Luckily, the two go hand-in-hand! Choosing to craft with re-purposed items means you save your pocket book and the environment at the same time. What’s not to love about that? This recycled bird feeder is a fun project to make with all those beautiful mismatched tea sets you often find at thrift stores. It comes together super easy, the decorating options are endless, and your feathered friends will greatly appreciate the little snack!
Depending on what you find at your local thrift store, this recycled bird feeder project can be made to suite any style. I went with two crystal pieces that weren’t a pair but complimented each other nicely. The great thing about using Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive is that you can use it to adhere pretty much any slick service to another.
- Thrifted Tea Cup and Saucer
- Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive
- Clear Round Faceted Bead and Multi-Color Boho Bead Strand
- 14 Gauge Aluminum Jewelry Wire
- Long Nose Pliers
Step 1. Apply a ring of the glass adhesive to the base of the tea cup and press into the center of the saucer. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before decorating.
Step 4. Use pliers to wrap wire around handles. You can always glue washers or small d-rings to the edges of the saucer if your cup didn’t come with two handles like my example. Just make sure the glue dries completely before stringing the wire through.
This recycled bird feeder was so easy and fun to make. I think they’d even be a great housewarming or birthday gift and with so many different bead options at Consumer Crafts, you can be as creative and unique as you want!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.