Teacups In the Garden
Teacups are ideal choices for making garden art projects because there are so many of them sitting on thrift store shelves waiting for your creative ideas!
Some teacup garden art ideas include: teacup birdfeeders, teacup chandeliers, teapot and teacup water features (with the water spilling out of the spout), and teacup planters for succulents and other small plants.
This tutorial shows you how to drill fine holes in teacups (it’s way easier than it sounds), attach the cup and saucer together, and create a fabulous, one-of-a-kind teacup garden decoartion. Once you know how to securely attach the teacup and saucer together, you can make just about anything.
The Key To The Garden Art Universe
Let’s jump right to it: once you know how to drill holes in glass, porcelain, and metal dishes, the key to the garden art universe is in your hands. And what more could a person want?
If you think about it, garden art is simply a bunch of old stuff attached together to make new stuff, and the key is to be able to join things together. So the more ways you know how to join stuff, the more you can create. Wow. Sounds like the secret to the entire universe if you ask me.
If you can drill holes, thread wire, and apply adhesive, you’re set. (Except, in the ultimate art-making universe, it would be great to be able to weld metal pieces together too, but some skills like this may elude many of us. So we shall carry on with that which we can do. Works for me.)
Teacup Bird Feeders
Teacups and saucers make charming little bird feeders. While you can assemble a teacup feeder with adhesive, it’s still important to drill drainage holes to let rain water wash away. That way bird seed won’t become soggy and you won’t have deep water in the teacup which can be hazardous for birds.
For a really simple feeder, just glue the cup and saucer together and attach them an end cap on a piece of copper pipe.
How To Make A Teacup Bird Feeder Totem Like This One
- Remember, no two garden art creations are going to look alike. See what you can find, which items fit together and look good to you, and go from there.
- These small totems (2 feet tall) are the perfect height for the little birds. I tuck mine in with some tall flowers and they like to perch on the flower stems while waiting their turn to eat and drink. The big birds leave them alone on it.
1. Join the Teacup and Saucer
- Drill two holes each in the cup and saucer. This post tells you which drill bits you’ll need and how to make the holes without breaking the dishes. Bonus!
- Glue the cup to the saucer with silicone sealant. Some garden art masters find this is all you need. Me, I’ve lived through too many wild winters and like to add wire for extra winter-proof strength, plus you don’t want the unit to wobble when the birds are standing on it.
- Thread wire through the drilled holes and tighten to hold everything together. The wire tails can also be used to attach the teacup to something else.
2. Add A Totem Base
- These instructions on How To Make Glass Garden Totems provide detailed info on the supplies and methods for making totems.
- Basically, all the totem pieces are attached with silicone sealant.
- I used an upside-down wire basket, a blue vase, and a blue casserole dish at the base.
- Some lamp crystals hanging from the wire basket added some necessary bling.
Where Can I Find Lamp Crystals, You Ask?
- Lamp crystals like the ones shown here show up on eBay quite a lot, but that can get pricey.
- My suggestion is, when you’re at a yard sale or in a thrift shop, don’t ignore the really ugly lamp fixtures in the corner.
- Sometimes those hideous 1970s chandeliers have the prettiest faux crystals hanging from them.
- Buy the lamp, harvest the good parts, and get your garden art bling on.
Many secrets of the garden art universe have been revealed here today. It is your mission, should you choose to accept it, to go forth with this wisdom and make something wonderful.