Teacup Craft Ideas

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Delicate teacups and saucers have amazing potential for lots more than a quiet afternoon tea service. Their colors, sizes and shapes make them a beautiful base for all kinds of crafts for your home and garden. Use sets you already own, or pick up a few from your local discount retailer.

DIY Teacup Wall Clock

If you’ve got a large collection of mismatched teacups and saucers, they’ll get a second life as a striking wall clock. You’ll need these materials:

  • 12 teacups
  • 12 saucers
  • Large wooden board
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape and pencil
  • Clock mechanism
  • Gorilla glue
  • Paint, stain or decoupage paper and glue
  • Paintbrush.

To make the clock:

  1. Measure and mark a perfect circle on the board, large enough to accommodate 12 saucers arranged as numbers on a clock face.
  2. Cut out the circle with a saw.
  3. Drill a hole in the center of the circle.
  4. Using stain, paint or decoupage, finish the board in an attractive way.
  5. Glue each teacup to its saucer.
  6. When your wooden circle is dry, glue each cup/saucer combination to the board where the clock numbers should be.
  7. Insert clock mechanism through the center hole to complete the clock. The hands should show in front of the teacups, with the rest of the mechanism hidden behind the wood. Hang up your clock and enjoy!

More Teacup Craft Ideas For The Home

Teacups give a charming, Victorian look to lots of other useful home craft projects. Here are just a few you might want to try:

  • Tea Set Lamp: If you’ve got a boring pole lamp, give it a teacup facelift! Drill out the bottoms of teacups and the centers of saucers and stack them. Thread the lamp’s pole through the stack so that it’s surrounded by China. Add a few china teapots too if you’d like, with the bottoms cut out. When you’ve got a pattern you like, glue your stack of cups, saucers and teapots together so they form a permanent lamp base. You can also do this with a slender table lamp.
  • Cake stand: Start with a China plate for a base and glue an upside down teacup in the center. Glue a saucer (right side up) to the bottom of the upside down teacup and then another upside down teacup to the top of that saucer. Complete by gluing one more saucer to top teacup to create a three-tiered stand.
  • Teacup lights: Drill a hole in the bottom of a teacup and saucer. Glue teacup to saucer, and then thread the wire of a hanging light through the hole with cup/saucer upside down so the light bulb rests inside the cup.
  • Pincushion: Glue a teacup to a saucer and then glue a large, round pincushion inside the teacup.
  • Curtain tiebacks: Remove the bottom of two teacups and thread curtains through. Mount hooks on wall to attach tiebacks through the teacup handles.
  • Centerpiece: Start with a large China plate and glue a teacup (upside down) to the center. Glue on another slightly smaller plate on top and then another teacup. Continue alternating plates and cups, using a smaller plate each time until you get down to saucer size. Top with a final upside down teacup or a pretty China teapot.
  • Candles: Place a wick inside a teacup, then fill with scented wax. Pour essential oil into melted, unscented wax to create your own naturally scented candles.

Teacups In Nature

These craft ideas pair your graceful teacups and saucers with elements of nature for a charming, retro appeal:

  • Teacup Bird feeder: Glue teacup to saucer and then glue the saucer to an attractive white-painted fence post or stake. Stick post in the ground and fill teacup with birdseed. Birds can perch on the saucer for a quick meal. These feeders look great when you make a few of them and arrange them close to one another. You can also hang the teacup and saucer from a tree or the eave of your home.
  • Teacup Birdbath & feeder: A nice variation of this is to drill three equidistant holes toward the edge of the saucer for hanging with thin chains. Extend the chain about six inches above and below the saucer. Add a china bowl drilled with three similar holes to the chains beneath the teacup. Attach the chains to a single hook at the top to hang from a tree. Fill the teacup with birdseed and the bowl with water.
  • Teacup Planter: Glue teacup to saucer and fill teacup with soil. Plant tiny blossoms or decorative grasses.

Easy Teacup Crafts For Kids

Kids (and beginners) don’t need to be left out of the teacup crafting fun. Here are a few simple, attractive projects for younger crafters:

  • Paint plain teacups with ceramic paint and bake (under adult supervision) in the oven to seal.
  • Decoupage colorful designs onto plain teacups.
  • Glue faux jewels, beads and sequins onto plain teacups.

Another fun and easy idea is to create a hanging teacup display. Start with a wooden craft ladder, some twine and lots of pretty teacups. Simply tie the handles of the teacups to the rungs of the ladder. Then hang the ladder across the ceiling or under a window and let the teacups dangle.

No matter what your crafting level or experience, you can find a teacup craft project that will be attractive and useful for years to come. You might even want to pick up a few extra teacups so you don’t find yourself without one when you actually want to enjoy a cup of tea.

Last Updated: September 16, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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