Ever since we first started using Etsy and discovering all of the beautiful things that people make from upcycled vintage dishes there, we’ve been obsessed with the idea of repurposing old teacups! In fact, we recently came across some particularly pretty cups with their matching saucers at a local thrift store and we just couldn’t help buying a few of them. That’s why we’ve been scouring the Internet all week for help figuring out what kind of lovely, crafty thing we should turn them into!
Just in case you love the idea of making all kinds of lovely DIY teacup projects this spring just as much as we do, if not more, here are 14 of the best ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration.
1. Homemade teacup bird feeders
Have the pretty little flowers etched all over your chosen teacup actually already convinced you that it belongs in the garden, so you’re looking for something you can turn it into that will suit the sunny outdoors? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Intimate Weddings outlines the steps for making this lovely standing teacup and saucer bird feeder!
2. Teacup candles
Just in case you’ve also been wanting to learn a new generalized crafting skill lately too, rather than just concentrating on what a teacup can be turned into, here’s an idea that’s perfect for people who love candle making! Upcycle That shows you step by step how to use homemade candle making techniques to turn your teacup into a tea light instead.
3. Rock filled tea cup succulent planters
Maybe you’ve always been more of a greenery based decor person rather than a candles kind of person but you’re still in tent on turning your pretty teacups into something related to your favourite little decor detail? Well, especially if you love the current succulent trend just as much as we do, we think you’ll appreciate the way Happily Eva After made these adorable pebble filled teacup succulent planters that each look like their own little garden.
4. Teacup garden cake topper
Speaking of “teacup gardens”, did you read those words and almost instantly wish that the idea was taken even further so that they cup spills over with colourful flowers? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with this tutorial from The Ardent Sparrow! They used their little teacup garden as a cake topper, but you could also just set it on your sill for some decor.
5. Vintage teacup pin cushion
Has your favourite kind of craft to make always been the kind that has some type of function that will actually help you make even more crafts in the future? Well, if you’re a sewing enthusiast of any level then we think you’ll really appreciate the way Miss Daisy
6. Stacked teacup lamp
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to really upcycle your teacups from scratch, would you rather do it in a way that’s very interesting visually and will catch the attention of guests? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Twigg Studies made this fantastic DIY stacked lamp! We adore that they even got their matching teapot in on the fun.
7. Cute DIY teacup fairy garden
Are you feeling rather whimsical indeed after all this talk of teacup gardens and now you can’t help wondering whether you might be able to make something even more fairytale influenced? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way AkameruKawaii put their miniature clay moulding skills to good use in order to make this stunning little teacup fairy garden.
8. DIY stacked teacup jewelry stand
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of making lovely new things by stacking your teacups on top of each other but you’re just not sure that you need another lamp right now? Well, if you’re an accessory lover like we are, then we think you simply must take a look at the way Jewellers Academy stacked theirs in order to make a lovely tiered jewelry rack and trays!
9. Stunning working teacup clock
Perhaps the part of the lamp project that really appealed to you was the idea of making something has a bit of power and actually works for a purpose, but you still don’t think you need another light in your house? Then we have a feeling this fantastic working clock that Vintage Revivals made entirely out of beautiful old teacups and their matching saucers might be right up your alley!
10. Floral “flying” teacups
Did all our earlier talk of whimsy really get your creative juices flowing but, now that you’re scrolling, you can’t help thinking that you’d much prefer to make something simple, pretty, and purely decorative, just for the fun of it? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how DIY Enthusiasts made this lovely project that looks as thought a floating teacup is pouring beads onto its saucer. In reality, it’s made with a bent and covered fork!
11. Teacup wine glasses
Are you the kind of crafty thinker who would always rather make something that has a bit of a practical function rather than just being pretty… but you consider it a bonus if it’s pretty as well? Then we think you’re going to love the way Twigg Studios made these teacup and sauce wine glasses that will make you feel very fancy indeed.
12. DIY teacup candelabra
If you’re going to upcycle vintage teacups into something new, would you much prefer to make something that also has a lovely vintage inspired aesthetic to it so that the piece feels authentic and like a great use of your cups? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Hometalk turned their teacups into a stunning candelabra adorned with crystal drops!
13. Repurposed vintage teacup lamp shade
Are you actually still finding yourself feeling enamoured with the idea of combining vintage teacups and lamps in some way, even though you don’t really have space for yet another light standing on any of your side tables? Then why not transform just the shade? We’re in love with the way Thrifty Rebel turned a simple wire shade into a unique statement piece using lace ribbon and vintage teacups affixed all around the bottom edge.
14. Vintage teacup pumpkin
Were you actually a huge fan of the way the teacups looked all nested together when we were talking about the DIY teacup wall wreath but you don’t have quite enough for something that big? Then maybe you’d prefer this smaller decor piece outlined step by step on Color Me Thrifty! They show you how to use a similar technique in order to make a little porcelain fall pumpkin.