Do you ever see a picture on Pinterest or Facebook or the internet that has your name written all over it? I mean, it’s something that you look at and think, I’ve got to do that! Welp, that’s what happened with the hanging teapot bird house! I can’t even tell you whose picture it was or where I saw it or even if it was actually a birdhouse! But I saw something like this and knew I wanted to make one! And knew I wanted mine to be a cute birdhouse! With the pond in the front yard, we have a lot of birds around. They normally use the waterfall part of the pond for a birdbath. It’s kind of fun to watch them from the dining room window when I have a minute or two.
So, I knew I wanted to make one but next I needed to find a teapot! And honestly, at the thrift stores, teapots are not what I would consider cheap. I know, I’m probably cheap but I do have a limit on what I’ll pay for certain items. And when they’re selling teapots for $8-$10 that I want to paint and hang from a tree, I think that’s a little more than I want to pay! LOL
But, as you can guess, I found one at my cousin’s sale. He likes to pick estate sales and I was amazed at the variety of things he had at the sale. I found so many cool and fun things that I have or will be showcasing on the blog! And I think I might have paid like $1 for it (maybe $2). And honestly, it was pretty ugly! The gold design was chipping off and it was black. But I liked the shape of it! And I knew a little spray paint would do wonders on it! (I might have forgotten to take a true “before” pic but you get the gist.)
And, as you can see, the paint DID do wonders! How cute is it now? I picked up some 7-pound twine and created a cute hanger for it. The next challenge was getting it into the tree without a ladder. We’re one of those families that don’t have a ladder and just haven’t ever gotten around to buying one. But I DO have a few boys that are pretty accurate at throwing. So, we taped the string to a ball and had them throw it up and over the branch. Then I finished tying it off.
From what I can tell, I think I might be a little late for nesting season but I’m not a bird guru. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have a nest in it sometime this year after all! Either way, I think it looks cute hanging from the tree and I’m glad that it found its way to my house!
I love how you can take something that some people would throw away and turn it into something cute and useable! And all it took was a little paint and twine. It was that easy!
Hope you’re enjoying your summer! I’d love to see some of your yard art!