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Repurposing Teacups and Tea Pots Into Home Decor

Have you ever visited a yard sale or a thrift store and marvelled at all of the colourful tea seats there that people have gotten rid of as proper tea time has fallen out of fashion and daily routine? Listen, we don’t necessarily make time in our day to sit down and enjoy a proper cup of tea from a pit and on a saucer either, but we still have a nostalgic appreciation for the vintage look of the beautifully painted sets and we can’t help wanting to preserve them in some creative way.

That’s why we’ve been keeping an eye out lately for DIY project tutorials that might help us put our crafting skills to good use in making practical or home decor pieces that pay homage to the days of matching ornate tea sets!

Teacups and Tea Pots Turned Home Decor

Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of making something beautiful from old teacups and tea pots? Check out these fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.

1. Teacup and teapot table lamp


If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make yourself some kind of decorative piece from teacups and tea pots that will really add some vintage charm to your room, would you also prefer to make sure it’s something that has a practical function as well? Then we’re pretty sure DIY Projects has just the kind of tutorial you’re looking for right off the bat! Their tutorial teaches you how to solidly and safely stack teacups, saucers, and tea pots and tun a wire and bulb through them in order to make a lovely lamp.

2. DIY teacup candles


Do you love the idea of combining old teacups and the power of light in one place, but you just aren’t sure that you’re ready to take on a project quite as large and challenging as making an entire working electric lamp? Then perhaps you’d get along a little better making a simple candle instead! This tutorial from The Craft Patch guides you step by step through the simple process of doing just that right there in a teacup you don’t plan on drinking out of.

3. DIY teacup chandelier


Were you actually completely enamoured with the idea of making an actual working light out of teacups but you’re also quite the handiworker and feeling up for even more of a challenge than you already saw in the regular lamp? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give an even bigger project like this fantastic customized DIY teacup chandelier outlined in easy steps on eHow a try!

4. DIY candelabra


Did we really hit the nail on the head when we started talking about even more challenging light based teacup projects but you’re more of a gentle light person and you’r not sure you want to go hanging something large and dramatic from your ceiling? Then we think you might prefer to try your hand at something like this lovely candelabra that Hometalk shows you how to make from teacups and hanging crystals on a candlestick base!

5. Teacup succulents


Besides being a DIY enthusiast and craft lover, are you also a total gardening buff who love having all kinds of greenery around both our in your yard and inside the house? Then we’re pretty sure this next idea from Hometalk was practically made for you! Their tutorial walks you through the simple process of potting a little succulent in and old teacup, nestled amongst some stones.

6. Vintage teacup pin cushion


Rather than being a crafter and a gardener, are you actually more of a sewing enthusiast on top of your other DIY ventures? Then maybe you’d prefer to use your crafting skills to make something the will benefit you in your sewing projects! We’d suggest checking out how Miss Daisy  made this awesome floral pin cushion nestled in the centre of a teacup.

7. DIY teapot cake stand


Are you actually still scrolling through our list and finding yourself thinking about how much you loved the idea of making something that involves stacking teacups, saucers, and tea pots together but you’re just not sure that your home really needs another lamp? Well, if you’re an avid host or baker, then maybe you’d have better luck creating something like this awesomely vintage looking cake stand featured in detail on Dollar Store Crafts!

8. Teacup herb garden


Just in case we really piqued your curiosity quite well with our mention of turning a teacup into a planter but you’re just not sure that succulents are the direction you want to go in, here’s another alternative gardening based idea for your consideration! Take a better look at this tutorial from Intimate Weddings to learn more about making these adorable teacup herb gardens with stamped spoon markers.

9. Teapot bird house


Have you actually been holding out on making a decision because you’ve got a rather large tea pot that you’re really like to upcycle but you haven’t quite seen an idea yet that will really do its size justice? Then we’re pleased to report that your patience has paid off, because this tutorial from Upcycle Stuff shows you how to make a lovely new birdhouse using just what you’ve got; a large, old tea pot!

10. Repurposed teacup pumpkin


It might not be fall right now but we’re always open to the idea of collecting seasonal and holiday influenced ideas year round so that we can bookmark them and have awesome tutorials already on hand when the proper time of year comes. That’s why we adored this next idea featured in nice, neat detail on Colour Me Thrifty so much! They show you how to make an adorable pumpkin shaped decor piece made of several same-sized teacups turned on their sides with their handles facing outwards.

11. DIY jewelry teacup stand


Besides being a total craft lover, are you also a big fashion enthusiast who really enjoys jewelry because accessorizing your outfits is the best part of your day? Then we’d be willing to bet that, like us, your jewelry collection is rather extensive and can always use a little more organization. That’s why we loved this stacked teacup and saucer jewelry stand idea that Jewellers Academy has mapped out in awesome detail for us so much!

12. DIY floating flower teacup


If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to transform and old teacup and saucer into something else, would you prefer to keep things decorative and whimsical, just for the pure joy of creating something pretty rather than making something that has practical function? Well, if you’re a person who loves floral decor then we have a strong feeling you’ll really appreciate the way Little Things shows you their crafting process for this lovely “floating” teacup that looks like it’s pouring flowers down into its own saucer!

13. Teacup cake topper


Did we actually really pique your interest the most with our mention of teacup projects that are related to the world of baking, but you’re just not sure that you need another cake stand because you’ve already got several? Then maybe you’d prefer to make yourself a beautiful cake topper from your teacup and saucer instead! We’re pretty obsessed with this lovely floral teacup topper courtesy of The Ardent Sparrow.

14. Teacup wall clock


Are you still thinking about how much you love the idea of making a large and slightly more challenging statement piece that will really catch people’s eyes and impress visitors to your home, but chandeliers and candelabras just aren’t speaking to you right now? Then we’d definitely encourage you to check out how Retropolitan discusses the steps that went into making this lovely DIY wall clock that has a differently coloured and patterned teacup and saucer in place of each number around the edge.

15. DIY teacup bird feeder


Were you feeling almost convinced by the idea of making a bird feeder like you saw before but all you have to work with is a teacup and a saucer rather than a large tea pot like that particular tutorial called for? Well, believe it or not, you can still totally make a vintage looking bird feeder happen! Get the details for making a cup and saucer bird feeder happen thanks to this tutorial from The Whoot.

Have you made other kinds of awesome teacup and teapot based DIY projects before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!