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Recycle your favourite ceramics and create a homemade bird feeder
26th March 2021

Do you have a cherished mug that you just can’t bear the thought of parting with due to its sentimental qualities? Or maybe your favourite cup has acquired a chip. Why not recycle your ceramics by turning them into bird feeders? Not only will you be giving your favourite cup a new lease of life, but you’ll be giving the local wildlife a helping hand too.


All you need is:

  • Teacup or coffee mug
  • Small twig
  • String
  • Vegetable fat or lard
  • Birdseed
  • Tray or tub for mixing the bird feed 



  1. Roll the vegetable fat or lard into a ball and place on your tray or tub.
  2. Pour your birdseed onto the same tray or tub and roll the fat ball in the seed. Your mixture should be approximately one-third fat and two-thirds seed.
  3. Tie string around the handle of your cup.
  4. Place your seed mixture into the cup and press down to make sure it stays in.
  5. Push the twig into the seed mixture. This will act as a perch for the birds.
  6. Hang your new homemade bird feeder in your chosen spot.
  7. Sit back, relax and keep an eye out for the new visitors who will enjoy your favourite cup as much as you do.


Good to know:

You don’t necessarily have to use a teacup or mug, this method works perfectly well with other ceramics like a milk jug, gravy boat or teapot. As long as the item has a handle to tie the string on to.


Our residents often make bird feeders for our feathered friends and admire all the different species that come to visit and enjoy the terraces and gardens with them at Richmond Villages.