I love birds. I think I inherited my love of birds from my grandmother and mother. Whenever my grandmother saw a beautiful bird outside her window she’d tell me it was a sign of good things to come. My mother loves watching birds so much that her deck is full of bird feeders, not to mention supplies for nesting and also the water they need. I’ve nicknamed her deck “The Bird Mercantile” and joke her about it, but I love that she looks out for them. I guess you could say I come from a line of bird lovers.
So you can imagine my frustration when my husband and I moved to a subdivision with hardly any trees. That means no birds. I was so disappointed! Unlike most of our neighbors in our newly established subdivision, we planted lots of shrubs and trees to lure my feathery friends to our yard. No dice. Year after year I prayed for birds but none would visit our home.
Then one day it all changed and my yard was filled with birds of all kinds. Cardinals, doves, hummingbirds, finches and more! Now I have two sets of cardinals who come back year and year that I enjoy watching on my back patio. I usually have 4-5 hummingbirds to watch fight over my sugar water all summer long. My prayer for birds was answered and I love watching them enjoy all we provide for them all year long.
Now that you know what a bird lover I am, I thought it would be fun to share with you how to make a DIY upcycled bird feeder from a coffee mug and plate. It’s such an easy project that the birds in your yard are sure to enjoy all year long. If you can use a tube of glue, you’ve got what it takes to make this easy project.
Items Needed to make an Upcycled Coffee Mug Bird Feeder:
- Matching Coffee Mug and Plate
- E6000 Glue
- 6-8-Inch Piece of Twine
First, wipe down and remove any stickers that may be on your cup and plate.
Next, set your cup on its side on top of the plate with the handle sticking straight up. Position it so it lays the flattest against the plate. Once you decide on the best placement, apply a thick strip of E6000 glue onto the part of the cup that will be sitting on the plate. Be sure the strip goes the entire length of the cup so it will attach properly to the plate. Place the cup on the plate with the glue side down and set something heavy inside the cup to keep it in place while it is drying. Allow it to set overnight.
Attach a piece of twine onto the handle of the cup for easy hanging.
Now all you have to do is place birdseed inside, hang in a tree, and watch for birds!