Upcycled Tea Cup Birdhouse

Build and create this fun upcycled birdhouse

Last month while removing personal belongings I found myself holding a plate and tea cup from the garden.  They were incorporated near the gate entrance several years ago and I was 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 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’s 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.

  1. There’s no specific measurements so begin with a base, I used two boards and screwed them together.
  2. Then I added 3 walls using finishing nails.
  3. Once this was completed I sanded the entire project.

Add more Wood and a Roof

  1. Next we add the roof by attaching with finishing nails.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 brush painting 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. 

Attach Dishes

Do not use power tools to attach the dishes because the speed is too difficult to control and may cause breakage.  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.

Additional Details

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.

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  1. Jane says:

    a little birdie is going to have a beautiful home. I hope you take some pictures or a video of the action! So, girl you inspired me and I finally bought some copper! always love your creations, xo

    1. Carole says:

      Great idea Jane video would be awesome. I’m taking it to the new property to enjoy. I can hardly wait to see what you do with that copper, I love working with it. Always fun working with you thanks for joining us.

  2. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    That is some fancy birdhouse. I love the blue pansy and the tea cup is so pretty. Works really well with the rustic look of the wood and white wash. The saucer on the back was a nice surprise. Every spring the birds seem to love my flower planters. I think yours with the little house will be a huge hit!

    1. Carole says:

      I hope the birds enjoy this, but I think I’m going to take this house to the new property. This was fun really forced me to let the creativity roll.

  3. Jemma says:

    Good Morning!
    Oh how I adore this fashionable Birdhouse! I must say that the birds who live in your garden are going to be doing so in style.
    The copper wire sets it all off just right!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – It’s inspired me to make additional birdhouses for my farm stand. I love copper especially when it starts to turn color.
      Thanks for being part of this challenge it was a lot of fun.

  4. Cecilia says:

    What a wonderful birdhouse! I love your idea of a birdhouse tree! Cool!

  5. Karen says:

    I love how I always learn something new from your projects. I’ve never thought about attaching something like a porcelain cup with anything but glue, and now I’ve learned it can actually be drilled through.
    You’re full of great inspiration and information, Carole!
    Birds in the yard are awesome. We’re enjoying dozens each day at the kitchen window feeder now. A nice little house, all ready for spring, just might be a project I need to add to my list.

    1. Carole says:

      That makes me smile Karen – The drilling is awesome but it’s a super super slow process because if you’re not careful it does break. A wet surface using water or wWD40 works best. Thinking a technique post for this one might be another good idea. Yes Make a little house get the kids involved it would be fun. Oh my goodness you could each make one for spring. You know in your spare time.

  6. Stacey says:

    You are a pretty girl with power tools! I love how this turned out.

  7. Kathy says:

    Such a beautiful home for a lucky little bird! Love the plate, too! What a creative idea!! Loved this party. All of you did such beautiful items, and inspired us all!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Kathy for sharing. This was a fun project. I built another bird house the other day and stenciled it was a lot of fun.

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