This week’s post is the next challenge for our international blogger’s Club (IBC). More about IBC at the end of this post. Our challenge this month is to create a project using broken china. I live in a small country town in the middle of Woop Woop with access to only two charity shops in which to hunt for china items. Unfortunately, all the china they had in store was a little pricy for me to smash up for a project. So as a last resort I had to dig around in my cupboards at home. I had this old teapot which I thought would look great as a teapot birdhouse with a feeder.
I am not a big fan of encouraging birds to come around my home because I am plagued with them every year. They return year after year and nest under my pergola making such a noise and mess. But lucky for them, my sister is a big fan so this teapot birdhouse will be going to her house. To make this teapot birdhouse I used all recycled materials I found around my house.
How to make a teapot birdhouse and feeder
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Find a china teapot
I used an old china teapot I bought about 20 years ago at a car boot sale. The idea I had was to create a birdhouse using the teapot and using the matching cup as the feeder. But unfortunately, all the cups were broken so I used the teapot lid as the feeder.
Making the stand
The size of your stand will depend on the size of your teapot. For the back, I measured the width of the teapot and added a few extra centimetres on all the sides. I positioned the teapot where I wanted it and made sure the top and base were big enough to hold the handle and the lid.
Because I used recycled wood, it does look a mess but once it is stained it will look better.
Next, I glued the 3 pieces of wood together and added some screws for extra strength.
I stained the wood mark mahogany and added 2 coats of exterior varnish for protection against the weather.
Hanging the teapot
To hang the teapot you will need a “U” bracket. I made one from an old baking tin that I used to make my Zen-style garden decor.
I cut a small piece from the tin using tin cutters and bent it into shape. You will need to drill some holes on either side for the screws.
Next, you hook the handle of the teapot through the bracket and add the screws.
Adding the bird feeder
I wanted to use the teapot lid as a bird feeder but this teapot lid stood too high to stand up without support. To solve this issue I used a Forstner drill bit and bored out a hole in the base. A little tip is to clamp your work down before you drill, I did not at first and my project went flying damaging the wood.
Glueing the teapot
Finally, you can glue the teapot to the back to prevent it from moving when the birds go inside or eat from the lid.
A few years ago I created a succulent tree from a fern that had died in my garden. It lasted for about 18 months and then the birds decided they would strip all the coconut fibre I used for their nests destroying my plants.
To save them a job this year I added some coconut fibre to the inside of the teapot.
More Diy projects
If you are looking for other bird feeder ideas here is one I built to look like a “bar” for birds.
If you are looking for some garden decor ideas, check out this wooden suncatcher.
More about IBC
If you follow my blog you will know I am part of IBC (International Bloggers Club) which is a group of talented bloggers from around the world. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Each month we come together and create a project with a common theme.
If you missed last month’s “Wired ” theme here is the link to my Wire wind spinner. The “Broken China ” contributions from my fellow bloggers for this month’s challenge are listed below, please feel free to jump over and give them some love.
A Crafty Mix|China Plate Arum Lily Mosaic
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A Crafty Mix | DIY Broken China Plate Arum Lily Mosaic - A Crafty MixJuly 18, 2022 at 9:10 pm
[…] you have a China teapot that you don’t use anymore, my friend Anita repurposed one into this adorable bird house and she shared a full tutorial on how she did it […]
Michelle LeslieJuly 18, 2022 at 9:28 pm
I love this idea, Anita but the only teapot I have has never been used and it’s part of a Royal Albert set that my great uncle gifted me many moons ago. I think he would haunt me if I dare turn it into a bird house 😀 Guess I’ll have to go visit some thrift stores (like I need an excuse).
Anita HollandJuly 19, 2022 at 12:24 pm
Thanks Michelle, I am the same I never touch the stuff unless it is rooibos. I am a coffee lady.
SaraJuly 18, 2022 at 9:52 pm
This is awesome Anita! I’m all in on anything for the birds lol! Have you noticed if they are using it?
Anita HollandJuly 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm
Thanks Sara. I don’t like the birds at all. lol I made this for my sister, their garden is full of them and they hand-feed them so I am sure it will get used. I will get back to you once she hangs it up.
Marie-Interior FrugalistaJuly 20, 2022 at 6:48 am
What a fun idea for a birdhouse/feeder and a clever way to recycle an old teapot! I love attracting birds to our yard. We have several wooden birdhouses so this idea would be a fun whimsy addition. A teapot has now been added to my thrift store shopping list. Pinned 🙂
Anita HollandJuly 24, 2022 at 11:02 am
Thanks Marie, My sister loves it, I am not a big bird fan because they nest under my pergola every year and make my life hell. lol