Recycled Garden Art….Tea Cup and Saucer Feeder/Waterer

Here is another great way to recycle some of your old tea cup sets for The Linn County Fair’s Recycled Garden Art Contest….

TEA CUP AND SAUCER FEEDER/WATERER

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TIPS FOR DRILLING THROUGH A PLATE (use this when screwing/nailing into a wooden post)

  1. Speed is more important than pressure.  Use the highest speed drill you can.  A dremel is the best tool for this application.
  2. Place the dish on a pile on damp sand. Shift the plate around so that all parts of the plate are touching the sand and evenly supported.
  3. Be patient when drilling and allow the tool to do the work.  Too hard a pressure is usually the cause of the plate cracking.
  4. Mark the position where you want to drill with a piece of masking tape.  It will help prevent the drill bit from sliding when you begin.

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE A TEA CUP AND SAUCER FEEDER/WATERER

  1. Tea cup and saucer
  2. Tubing – 2-3 feet long   It can be either copper or PVC pipe
  3. ½ end cap for the tubing (copper or PVC)
  4. Length of rebar to pound into the ground
  5. Sandpaper or dremel tool to roughen up glued areas
  6. Adhesive – GE Silicone II or E6000 have been suggested as the best
  7. Teaspoon – to act as a perch, optional

ADDITIONAL HINTS AND TIPS

  1. Use just the saucer to make a butterfly feeder or waterer
  2. After gluing the cup and saucer together, place an unopened soup can in the cup to apply extra pressure while the glue is drying.
  3. Rub Vaseline around the inside of the end cap before you put it on the pipe.  It will make it easier to remove.

Store the cup and saucer in doors over the winter to prevent breakage from the freezing/melting cycle of winter.teacupwater-2teacupwater-3

For more information on The Linn County Fair’s Recycled Garden Art contest go to: http://thelinncountyfair.com/doc%20files/Recycled%20Garden%20Art%20Contest.pdf or http://www.thelinncountyfair.comdinneranddrinkfeeder


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2 responses to “Recycled Garden Art….Tea Cup and Saucer Feeder/Waterer

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  2. jesse

    tea cups and saucers are the best

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