I’m creating a Mad Hatter inspired garden at my home, so of course I’ll need lots of tea cups, tea pots, and saucers to decorate with.  Thanks to Goodwill San Antonio, it’s easy and inexpensive to find the items I need to craft with.

I fell in love with this lamp at Anthropologie, and I knew
the design idea would be perfect for the “Alice in Wonderland” inspired garden I’m creating.  I tweaked the design to change it from a lamp to a bird bath, and I love the end result.  (PS…check out my tea pot dessert stand for more Wonderland inspired fun!)

I immediately headed to my local Goodwill store to find the items I needed.  As a fabucrafter (a fabulous budget crafter) I always check Goodwill first to find the items that I need for my craft projects.  As usual, I was not disappointed.  I had tons of items to choose from, and found everything I needed for a few dollars.

Ready to learn how to make your own Anthro inspired bird bath for cheap?

Supplies needed:

  • Bowl
  • Tea pot
  • Various cups, containers, and saucers
  • Large plate
  • Ceramic glue
  • Spray paint


You can take creative liberties with how you arrange your design, but the two must haves are a stable base (I opted for a bowl) and a large platter for the top.  I chose several items at Goodwill, placed them in my cart, then moved over to a table to experiment and see what would work.  Once I had an idea, I still purchased a few extra items (at 49 cents each, why not?) just in case my design changed.
Here’s how I made my Mad Hatter inspired teapot bird feeder:
Work on a flat surface (I sat on the floor!). Turn the bowl upside down.  Put glue on the lip of a cup, and place it upset down on the bowl.  Make sure it is level.

Continue building up, gluing saucers, cups, tea pots, etc. one at a time.  If you are unsure of yourself, use a level to make sure your structure isn’t leaning.

Once the glue has dried, it’s time to paint.  I didn’t want spray paint the surface the birds would touch.  For one, it’s probably not safe for them, and secondly, they paint would probably flake off.  So I left the top unpainted.

To do so, I set the structure upside down on a box.  I primed it and then spray painted it.  I used Krylon’s Celery paint.  I usually like brighter colors, but this pretty hue seemed appropriate for this project.

I love the end result!  Having it all one color makes the piece more cohesive, don’t you think?

It looks great with my tea cup bird feeder.

Looking for more home decor crafts you can make from Goodwill?  Click here.

Thanks to Goodwill San Antonio for sponsoring this post.  I love being affiliated with an organization that does so much for the community! 


  1. Wow, This is so wicked coolio!!! I have been waiting and wanting a project for my front rock garden and your share has got to be just the one! I love everything you chose to do with it from the shapes down to the celery color! I had no idea you could spray paint dishes! Whoo hoo! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with story and pictures! I love our Goodwill store too and showed them my love at their half off all donated items on July 4th!! Christine

  2. I LOVE this, I have to make it! Thank you for sharing and I love that you shared the photo’s too! I was thinking it could, also, be a tall plant stand…and…….. 8)

  3. Adorable! And Fabucrafter…. thats an awesome word! Love it! Thank you for sharing on CSI Project “Thrift Store Turnaround”!


  4. That is a perfect solution for your mother’s garden and looks wonderful, too. Another thing I’ve seen used is those big old-fashioned standing ash trays, since smoking isn’t as common as it used to be. I’ve been on the lookout for one myself.

  5. Love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. I am going to paint mine white to match the garden bunnies through the yard. What kind of primer will work here?

    Thank you.