Do you have a tea-pot that has a crack, chip or missing the lid? Why not make a bird house !! If you follow my blog, you know I am addicted to this drill bit by Hitachi, found at your local hardware store. This drill bit works great on ceramics and glass and comes in many sizes, and it seems to never dull, my bits are about 3 years old.
I drill ceramics and glass under water, keeps the bit cool and avoids cracks and breakage. I also like to put a piece of packing tape on the area I am going to drill, so the bit doesn’t slip off my target. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tea-pot and added some nesting material, moss, and hung from a tree. I had my binoculars ready, waiting for my new friends to move in and one moved in, but not what I expected. How did he get in there?
Spring is just around the corner and anyone that follows my blog knows that I love decorating outside. I found a cute set of dishes at Goodwill for a few dollars and decided to make a few teacup bird feeders. This will be the easiest bird feeder you will ever make.
Every house should have a tube of E6000 and who doesn’t have a teacup with a chip in it. I made sure the cup and saucer were clean, and after I figured out where they would be glued together, I lightly sanded the areas. I applied the E6000 and let dry for 24 hours.
That’s it, just add bird seed. I wish I had a picture of the feeder hanging in a tree, but I didn’t want to plow through the snow to get to a tree 🙂
Teacup Bird Feeder
This DIY is so fun and easy to make, and the birds like them too. Hope you enjoy making this sweet little craft!
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I was cleaning around my workshop this morning and decided to sort through my broken china bin. I had several bottoms of tea cups in the bin, leftover from making bracelets out of the rims, and decided that today was the day to do something with them.
I have thought about this before, but never had a clear vision of what they could be, but today I did! Magnets
I cut them down and sanded the edges smooth and added a magnet. I doubt this will be attractive to many of you, but to tea-cup lovers, like myself, I find them charming.
I saw a tea-cup foot made into a pendant on Etsy, I may have to try that also 🙂
I made a visit to my local Goodwill today, and they had a nice picture frame for 99 cents. The condition was new, but the finish was a dark walnut. I don’t decorate with dark walnut, I live in a log home and dark wood frames just don’t show up, they blend in to the walls. I bought the frame anyway!
I have been wanting to make a picture frame serving tray with the handles I bought at the dollar store. The handles were 2 for a dollar, making the project cost 2 dollars.
Supplies you will need:
picture frame, I painted mine ecru
2 drawer handles
paper or pictures to decorate under the glass
I removed the glass and backing and used the frame glass to measure my background paper, I used wrapping paper, and cut with scissors. I measured where the holes were on the drawer handles and marked with a pencil on my frame. I used a power drill and drilled 2 holes on each side, making sure that they were equal. I painted my frame, and when it was dry, I attached the handles on my tray and replaced the glass, put the paper under the glass and secured the back.
That is it !! This project was very easy, if I didn’t paint the frame, it would have taken 15 minutes to make. I love the way it came out, it will be so cute to serve coffee on the holidays to my guests
Do you have mismatched china, or a teapot without a lid? Why not make a lamp? I saw an article on Pinterest on how to rewire a thrift store lamp, and thought I would give it a shot. I went to Lowe’s and bought a lamp kit, about $8.00, and a lampshade at Target for about $8.00. I drilled a hole through 2 plates, a teacup, bowl and a teapot, and wired the lamp.
It is really simple to wire a lamp, the only hard part was securing it to the cup. When I glued the china parts together, I covered the top of the cup with a lid of a bell jar, to secure the top pf the lamp. My first few lamps are a bit wobbly on top, but I have improved, and have 2 to make for gifts.
My favorite part of making lamps is how creative you can be.
The finished product sits on my bedside table, where it adds a cheerful touch to the room.
I like to shop at thrift stores. I like thrift stores because you can find the most amazing and startling things there, and finding a small treasure amid trash is thrilling. I happened to be working by my local Goodwill and I just can’t resist stopping in. The employees are wonderful, the location is well-organized (by color), and everyday they have designated a color tag to be 50% off. Today was a green day !! I have a ritual, I always start on the left and go up and down every aisle twice, you would be amazed at what you miss the first time. I have been looking at this large double dresser that has been $9.99 for a week, and it would be 50% off today……so tempted……I really want to make a bench out of. Give me strength, lol
I am thrilled with what I did end up buying today, and the total was $10.62. I have a Goodwill rewards card and it also gives me %10 off for being a senior (yes I said it).
I am really excited about the pink cream and sugar, I am thinking curtain tie-backs with the teacups, raised cake plates with the candle holders, tuna can colonial lamps with the globes and I fell in love with that polka dot sheet !
What do you think? Was the hunt worth it? I think yes..
I love teacups and teapots, so why not in your garden? This will probably be my last post of summer projects, I have to start making things for fall and a big project I am working on for winter.
What I love most about gardens, or at least mine, is what you find when you look in the corners or behind a plant. I finished this tea party set today and couldn’t wait to find a place for it. It was a fun project and easy to make. I drilled a hole in a plate, cup and teapot (with my favorite handy diamond bit), placed washers to avoid breakage, and screwing it into a wooden dowel I painted. I also strung some beads to “look” like water. I will definitely make more next year, I think they are so cute !!