Tea for Tweets – Upcycle Teacups and Saucers

With spring upon us, it is time to inspect the outdoor equipment. For me, that equipment revolves around gardening tools for flower beds, roses, a small garden spot, and this year bird feeders. I now have a beautiful crab-apple tree and two lovely dogwood trees. They deserve a little better than plastic feeders.

This may be one of the easiest upcycle projects yet. You need:

  • Teacup with nice handle,
  • Saucer (can match or not),
  • Old spoon, fork, or knife,
  • Adhesive,
  • Painter’s tape,
  • Length of chain, wire, or ribbon for hanging,
  • Strong wire cutters or bolt cutters, and
  • Drill with a small (1/4 inch or so) metal drilling bit.

With the saucer on a flat surface, balance the cup on its side, handle up, to determine the best placement. Notice the areas where the cup and saucer meet. This is where you will apply the adhesive. Tear four strips of painter’s tape. These strips are to hold the cup in place while the adhesive dries. Apply the adhesive where the cup touches the saucer then gently apply the tape to hold the cup in place.

Cut the spoon handle from the spoon. Use the drill to create a hole at the top of the handle. This hole will be the point where your chain, wire, or ribbon is placed to hang the feeder. Using the wire cutters or pliers, twist the handle so the decorative side faces the cup opening. After the adhesive is completely dry, usually 24 hours, thread the handle through the cup and pinch closed using the wire cutters or pliers.

Hang with your length of chain, wire, or ribbon and fill with your choice of bird seed.

This is another fun way to upcycle chipped, unmatched, cups and saucers. I have one hanging off my back porch. I put it there last spring and it is still hanging. I can’t wait to see how beautiful the trees are in full bloom with these darling feeders dangling from the limbs.

Mr. Holstein and I recently purchased a two-story home built in 1922. We are remodeling the kitchen and bathroom, but giving the rest of the house a flavor of its nearly 100 year old history. This gives me an opportunity to create new upcycle projects to share with you.

There are several original to the home door hardware with metal or glass doorknobs. Most are covered with paint, but I will be removing it. I hope to share some of the remodeling and refurbishing challenges.


If there is a particular project you’d like help with, email me at robinholstein@gmail.com  Put “Everyday Upcycle” in the subject line so I don’t delete it by accident.

Robin’s Upcycle is located in Kanawha County, WV. Open by appointment. Phone 304-460-5NEW (5639). For info, visit facebook.com/robinsupcycle or email robinholstein@gmail.com

In Flanders fields the poppies blow …

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, November 1918
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.



Photo by Nick Coombs. Published on 05 June 2009
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