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DIY Repurposed Vintage Dishes Bird Feeder

VIntage dishes totem bird feeder


Hello dear readers and friends! I am so happy to be participating in the Thrifty Chicks June Challenge! This month’s theme is garden art. I have always used pieces of salvage or vintage junkin’ finds as repurposed garden art. I often style garden vignettes just like my indoor vignettes and think of them as works of art! One of my favorite projects is this DIY repurposed vintage dishes bird feeder. This is not a totally unique and new idea for garden art, but I had been wanting to make one forever and I had plenty of extra vintage dishes in my hoards to play around with. It is however a one of a kind work of art, created by me for my mom as a gift.

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My mom loves birds, and I wanted the garden sculpture to also be a bird feeder so I put a little saucer on top for her to sprinkle bird seed in. I used mismatched vintage dishes from yard sales and estate sales. The base is a teal green glass candlestick that is hollow, so a piece of rebar or metal stake can be inserted if she wants to stick the bird feeder in the ground. It can also be placed down inside the center of a flower pot as is.



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I really didn’t take any pictures in the process of making this bird feeder. I got so excited and just started arranging the dishes and gluing them in place using E-6000. It took 24 hours for the glue to set up and dry, but I would recommend waiting 48 hours. Really the only instructions are to gather up several old dishes in various shapes and sizes, play around with arranging them as a  “totem” and glue the pieces in place using the E-6000. Super easy and fun!


I have seen some dish garden art and totems made solely from pottery dishes, and some from just glass dishes. They are all beautiful, but I really like the mix of glass and pottery together. I found the green depression glass sorbet cup for less than $1.oo because it had a little knick on the bottom, so it was perfect for repurposing. Anytime I can rescue a vintage thing of beauty from the trash heap, I am happy!




Here are a few other ways I have incorporated vintage junk as “art” in my garden:

This whimsical and unique pottery tea pot was created by my neighbor’s daughter when she was an art student in college. When I first spotted it at their yard sale I knew right away it would make a fun gnome home in “Thyme Forest.”



Here a chippy pink candleholder is repurposed as a plant stand in a shabby garden vignette by the back door.


Architectural salvage is artwork in and of itself, and these two ceiling tile remnants add a touch of vintage charm as a backdrop in the herb garden.


VIntage dishes totem bird feeder



As you can see, just about anything can be used to create garden art. I am certainly going to make a few more vintage dish totems this summer because this one was just so fun and easy to create. Now I can’t wait to see what my Thrifty Chick friends have come up with! Be sure to check out all the links below for more great garden art ideas.


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  • Reply Debrashoppeno5

    This is so pretty and adds so much charm to the garden. Plus each one is unique and that is what makes it special.

    June 13, 2018 at 9:03 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Debra! I have decided to get into my vintages dish hoards and make a few more this summer. Thanks for visiting today!

      June 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Tania

    I love it amber!

    June 13, 2018 at 9:51 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Tania!

      June 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Such a great way to use pretty vintage dishes and glassware! I love the combo you chose!

    June 13, 2018 at 10:31 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Lora! Many of those pieces were only a .25 so I just had to buy them and do something with them…I know you know the feeling! Thanks for visiting today!

      June 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Marie

    Such an adorable way to repurpose dishes (which I have in abundance). Love it!

    June 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Marie! I also have dishes literally in boxes that I have to step around in my craft room! Yikes…I certainly need to make some more garden dish art for summer. Thanks for visiting today!

      June 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    Very pretty Amber! I love the combo of colour and patterns.

    June 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Diana Petrillo

    Such a beautiful gift for your mother, Amber–she’s going to love it! Such a great project for those of us who can’t seem to pass up pretty dishes at thrift stores and garage sales 🙂

    June 13, 2018 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Your mom’s going to love that pretty bird feeder, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    June 18, 2018 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, this is a cute feeder for sure. I bet your mom loved it! Repurposing for the garden is so fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    June 22, 2018 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Snap

    So pretty! the glass will make things shine in the garden. i know the birds will love it!

    June 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Pam

    Very pretty…and don’t you just love E6000 glue? I know I do, that stuff is great. Love your garden.

    June 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much!

      September 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Sam- Raggedy Bits

    This is such a neat idea, Amber!! A gorgeous addition to the garden and the birdies are sure to love it!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    June 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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