Repurpose vintage teacups into garden features

Bird feeder made with vintage teacup and Sugru


If you're looking for spectacular ways to reuse your old stuff that's too good to let go of, you're in for a treat. Miami-based interior stylist Janet Coon shows us how to repurpose vintage teacups to make sensational garden bird feeders and tablescapes. Learn how to add a bit of magic to your outdoor spaces.

Apply your Sugru

Take a small piece of Sugru and knead it for a few seconds. Then shape it into a cone, ready to stick to your teacup.

Place the piece of Sugru onto the side of your teacup without the handle, allowing you to stick it to the saucer and hang it from the handle.

Shabbyfufu hand holding Sugru to make teacup bird feeder

Stick it together

Once you have applied the Sugru in the correct place, press the teacup onto the saucer and remove any excess Sugru that has squeezed out of the sides.

Sugru sets to 1.5mm in 12 hours, 3mm in 24 hours and thicker applications may take longer. As this is a load-bearing project and Sugru's exposure to air is limited due to it being squished between surfaces, allow up to 48 hours for it to fully set before hanging.

Shabbyfufu hand applying Sugru to teacup

Hang it up

Once the Sugru has fully set, use some monofilament fishing line to hang the teacup and saucer from a branch in your garden. A nice little tried and tested trick from Janet to keep the squirrels away. Plus, giving the impression the teacup is suspended in mid-air. Enchanting.

Add some bird food, and there you have it, a hanging teacup bird feeder.

Shabbyfufu teacup bird feeder hanging in garden

Haven’t got anywhere to hang?

Shabbyfufu teacup and saucer being mounted to pole with Sugru

Alternatively, you can make a standing bird feeder. Use Sugru to stick the bottom of your teacup to the saucer and wait 12-24 hours for it to set. Then add more Sugru to the bottom of the saucer and stick it to a mounted pole in your garden.

Shabbyfufu teacup and saucer mounted to pole with Sugru

Look at that! There's a solution for everyone. And a lovely touch to any garden too.

A garden tea party - make teacup tablescapes for your outdoor furniture

Shabbyfufu garden shears used to cut flowers

Here Janet used the Kikkerland Garden Shears Set from the Sugru shop to cut some plants and berries to create these teacup tablescapes.

Shabbyfufu garden shears used to prune plants in teacup

You can use the smaller-sized shears for more fiddly pruning. 

Shabbyfufu flowers and greenery in teacups on a garden table

We're absolutely in love with these beautiful tablescapes.