Chances are you have a few mismatched teacups tucked away in a cupboard or you scored a bounty of lovely pieces at yard sales and auctions (for cheap!). What to do with them?
Here are a bunch of lovely ideas you can try crafting, some have been previously featured on Tipnut and included here for one handy project sheet.
Some projects would be ideal for using a favorite piece that has been chipped or cracked (hiding any flaws if possible).
First up, I have to mention a quick & easy DIY that would be so cute on the dressing table: An eyeglass or sunglass holder. You can see a sample idea in the graphic to the right (top left corner).
Here’s how you make it:
- Turn a cup upside down and adjust it to rest on a tilt inside a small china bowl or custard cup (matching or not, choose something that compliments the design).
- Once you find the angle that best suits the purpose, line the bottom half and sides of the cup rim with an industrial strength glue.
- Press inside and hold for a few seconds to ensure adhesion.
That’s it! Now you can have a nifty place to keep your glasses!
Now on to the rest of the collection, I’ve handpicked these from around the net and will be adding more to this list as I find them, enjoy!
Candles: Old candles are melted down then the wax is poured into the vessels that have first had a wick set in place.
Cake Topper: Display a cake extra special with this easy craft, items required: fresh flowers, floral foam, colored paper & paper embellishments.
Sconce/Porch Planter: It may take some time to source the perfect size sconce & materials, but so worth it!
Pincushion: A simple craft made fancy with buttons, ribbon, a bit of fabric and satin-wired ribbon.
Clock Tutorial: The back is just painted particle board and then assorted sets of teacups are attached with Gorilla Glue Epoxy.
Crafty Cake Stand: (webarchive link) The sample is three tiers but you can make it larger or smaller if you like. You’ll need a plate + 1 for each teacup you use.
Organize Jewelry: Not only does it allow you to see everything, items can easily be retrieved and put away. The variety of dishes creates a number of compartments that allows you to categorize.
Jewelry/Makeup Holder: This can be made with a mismatched set and still look quite lovely. You’ll need a diamond drill bit & drill.
Pendant Lights: Such a creative idea and full of character with endless possibilities. Just make sure its ceramic and large enough to fit a small light bulb inside.