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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Feed the Birds

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jul 15, 2016 1:52:36 PM

Tea Cup Bird FeederI love the song in the Mary Poppins movie, Feed the Birds. The old woman sits on the steps of Saint Paul’s and sells birdseed for tuppence a bag. A tuppence is the sum of two pence, but I digress.

Even if you buy seed in 10 pound bags, why not serve it in decorative feeders? My philosophy of “it doesn’t matter what you serve for dinner, as long as the table setting looks pretty,” can even carry over into the garden.

Turn a corner of your flower garden into an aviary restaurant.

Decorative tea cups and saucers are a bargain at Goodwill. Mismatched is okay as long as they’re pretty.

Glue the cup to the saucer with a water-proof adhesive or epoxy. Allow to set.

Pound a three-to-four foot length of galvanized or copper pipe into the ground. You want to make sure it’s deep enough to stand on its own without moving.

As you pound, try to flatten the top edge of the pipe.

Glue a wide washer to the pipe. I used a two-inch one. After the glue has set, add another dab to the top of the washer and gently set the cup and saucer in place. After the glue dries, fill it up with seed and wait for the flock to gather.

“Although you can’t see it, you know they are smiling…”

(Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman for Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins)

Topics: Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan, tea cup bird feeder, DIY bird feeder

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder

    Turn a corner of your flower garden into an aviary restaurant by creating a tea cup bird feeder!

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder

    Decorative tea cups and saucers are a bargain at Goodwill. Mismatched is okay as long as they’re pretty.

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder

    Glue the cup to the saucer with a water-proof adhesive or epoxy. Allow to set.

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder

    Pound a three-to-four foot length of galvanized or copper pipe into the ground. You want to make sure it’s deep enough to stand on its own without moving.

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder

    As you pound, try to flatten the top edge of the pipe. Glue a wide washer to the pipe. I used a two-inch one.

  • Tea Cup Bird Feeder
    After the glue has set, add another dab to the top of the washer and gently set the cup and saucer in place. After the glue dries, fill it up with seed and wait for the flock to gather.