Reuse and Repurpose Old Items into Unique Garden Decor Pieces

Reuse and Repurpose Old Items into Unique Garden Decor Pieces

Watch me reuse and repurpose old items from the thrift store into unique garden decor pieces!

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There I was at the thrift store reading over my Goodwill shopping list on my phone. I have this generic list of items that I’m always on the look out for. Old bottles, carafes, frames, teapots, and other things like that. There’s always a project brewing in my mind.

My other half cringes when I go to the OPS store (“Other People’s Sh**” store) because I am routinely purging and donating our stuff. He doesn’t understand why I’d want to pay to bring more in.

Well, there is a method to the madness. I limit myself to only buying something that will actively turn into a project immediately. Because I also don’t want OPS standing around my office.

The plan

The plan was to look for teapots and teacups for a bird feeder idea for my gardener mother and gardener daughter. Mother’s Day is coming up and a garden gift is always a hit with my family.

I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly what I needed for two projects and this one cost me only $5 for the two gifts. It really doesn’t get any better than that unless it was free.

The Thrift Store Haul

Here is what I found at the thrift store. This super cute teapot and teacup set. The pot fits into the cup. Not only that, it was blue and white which was perfect! It was $2. Then I found a second one, what a score! I bought both for $4.

Then I needed something to mount them on. I was looking for something made of wood and came across these little shelves. The cup fit like it was made to be there. These were $1 for the pair.

Thrift store teapot and teacups with wooden shelves for a bird feeder
Thrift store finds.

Assembly of the bird feeder

I decided not to post picture of each step because it’s really easy to just explain. I had blue spray paint at home and after cleaning these items up, I sprayed both wooden shelves (front and back) with the blue paint.

Then, I used Gorilla Glue construction adhesive to attach the teapot to the back of the shelf. The bottom rim was un-glazed pottery and easy to grab the glue. If it’s a shiny surface, be sure to scuff it up with some sandpaper so that your glue adheres properly.

After letting that sit undisturbed for 24 hours, I stood it up and attached the tea cup in the same way. Then, I let that sit for 24 hours before messing around with it. It’s hard not to mess with it, but be patient.

The finished product

This project actually turned out exactly like I hoped it would. I love making homemade gifts for people. I especially love taking something ugly and useless and giving it new life. This keeps it out of the landfill and that’s a win for the planet.

The fact that this only cost me $5 is crazy!! I already had the Gorilla Glue construction adhesive and the spray paint. Had I visited on half off day….one can dream. Even my husband thought I did well with my buys from the OPS store. Me for the win!

Teapot and teacup thrift store repurpose upcycle - bird feeder - garden decor
Teapot and teacup thrift store repurpose upcycle – bird feeder
Teapot and teacup thrift store repurpose upcycle bird feeder garden decor
Teapot and teacup thrift store repurpose upcycle bird feeder

Reuse, repurpose, upcycle thrift store finds for your own unique garden decor!

I hope you will go to the thrift store and be on the lookout for teapots and cups! It was fun finding exactly what I needed in one shop, the sun was shining on me that day. Enjoy!

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Upcycled Thrift Store Teapot & Teacup into a beautiful bird feeder
Upcycled Thrift Store Teapot & Teacup into a beautiful bird feeder

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2 Replies to “Reuse and Repurpose Old Items into Unique Garden Decor Pieces”

  1. I love this idea!! It looks so quirky and cool. Fantastic garden decor.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

    1. Thank you! It is very quirky and that makes it so much fun. My mom has wild parrots that visit her backyard, I can’t wait for her to put this to use.

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