Last month while removing personal belongings and cleaning up the farm I found myself holding a plate and tea cup from the garden. They were incorporate near the gate entrance several years ago and were amazed at how they held up.
I thought it would be neat to upcycle these pieces and decided to team up with some blog friends for even more fun. Upcycling is all about outside the box thinking and it’s my hope we all dazzle you with our ideas and inspire your own tea cup projects.
This takes me to my birdhouse; I designed using pieces of wood with a box concept house. This project came together one piece at a time without a real plan and it was so much fun!
Building the Box
First off there is no supply list because I used items around the workshop which involved scrap wood, finishing nails and screws, copper, paint and a few other details. The point of this was to get creative beyond the limit of what’s normal. So bare with me because there are several steps and the best part they’re all easy.
- There’s no specific measurements so begin with a base, I used two boards and screwed them together
- Then I added 3 walls using finishing nails.
- Once this was completed I sanded the entire project.
Add more Wood and a Roof
- Next we add the roof by attaching with finishing nails.
- Then go ahead and add just a couple more pieces of wood to sort of close in that opening, just enough so a nest wouldn’t fall out.
- Once completed sand where necessary.
My goal is to use this birdhouse to welcome Red Cardinals. They don’t like closed houses so I’m hoping they find this space as a welcome environment to nest and raise a family. I’m an optimist!!
Dry Brush Away
This next step is a breeze because we’re dry brushing over the entire project except for the inside of the house. Start from the bottom and work around until completed. It shouldn’t take long to dry and during this time you can drill the dishes. Steps for drilling ceramic can be found here.
Do not use power tools to attach the dishes because the speed is too difficult to control and may cause the dishes to break. Use a hand held screw driver attaching the plate on the closed end with the house and the tea cup on the opposite side.
Note I did this after I added the copper stripping.
To finish with details I used copper wire and stripping with a few screws. I cut everything to size using some interesting wire cutters that to my surprise still work even though they look pretty tired.
When you add details such as these remember they’re an accent and less is best.
I just love copper don’t you?
The thin copper wire was next and this was added with a twist here and there. Make sure you have a plan before you begin twisting because this wire looks best when clean and sharp.
Use a pair of needle nose pliers for those tights curls and remember this addition is for hanging the birdhouse If you decide to attach this project to a post you can actually skip this step.
The final step is to add a potted plant inside the tea cup or fill it with bird seed. Remember to hang this piece in a protected area to avoid increased movement and enjoy. Lots of steps to this birdhouse but wasn’t that easy?
Years ago a friend of mine had this tree in her backyard and several limbs displayed birdhouses from one branch to another. It was an amazing site, so detailed it just warmed my heart with creative thoughts.
It’s my hope when we move I can find a similar tree and do the same thing because welcoming the birds where you live is wonderful. Now keep scrolling and discover those additional Upcycled Tea Cup projects below.
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