Making Teacups and Hats Using Plastic Eggs
When hosting a tea party it is important to decorate with a tea party theme. I'm going to show you how to make teacups and elegant hats using plastic eggs. The ones shown in this article are attached to a stem, so they can be displayed in centerpieces, but they could also be used to make a garland.
When my granddaughter, Madi, was a little girl, we planned and had a tea party, where we invited all her aunts. So, when one of the aunts asked Madi what she would like her bridal shower theme to be, she requested a tea party bridal shower.
These teacups and elegant hats were used in the centerpieces for her shower. Imagine using tea party themed picks to decorate for a birthday party or a baby shower.
Plastic Easter eggs
Chenille stems or floral wire
Elegant hats also need:
Shape edged scissors
1/8" wide ribbon
Cardboard cut: 3 1/2" diameter circle with 1" diameter center circle
Teacups also need:
3/4" diameter buttons
How To Make An Elegant Hat
What makes a hat elegant? How about a wide brim, ribbons, flowers and beads? I'll bet you won't be able to stop at making just one elegant hat using plastic Easter eggs.
Cutting the Hat Brim
Make a cardboard pattern:
Draw a 3 1/2 " diameter circle with a 1" diameter circle in the center. Cut the pattern with regular scissors. Cut out the center circle. Using your pattern, lightly trace the circle on your chosen hat brim paper. Trace the hole in the center also. Use a shape edged scissors to cut out the outside circle. Use a regular scissors to cut the center hole. You can make a cut from the outside of the brim to the center, to cut out the center. When you glue the egg half to the brim, the cut edge will match up. Make sure you use the slit end as the back of the hat.Glue one half of a plastic egg to the center of the brim.
Decorate the Elegant Hat
Now the fun begins. Use beads, tiny flowers, sequins, feathers, paints and ribbons to decorate your hat. Make it really elegant.
Make a Pick Stem
Use a chenille stem or floral wire to make a pick stem. Roll one end of the wire into a spiral shape for ease in attaching the stem to the inside of the hat. Bend the end of the spiral as shown above.
Glue the Stem Inside the Hat
Glue the stem to the inside back of the hat. When the glue is set you can re-bend the stem if needed.
Imagine All the Possibilies
Ask any little, or big, girl if she would like to go to a tea party, and I'll be the answer will be a resounding, "Yes!" Birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers are just a couple of occasions to have a tea party. And there is also just a "girls day" that makes a great time to have a party.
How to Make Teacup Picks
These teacup picks are so easy to make and so much fun, that you'll want to get a group of gals together to make them. You'll be amazed at how many unique ideas you'll be able to come up with.
Glue a Button to the Bottom
Glue a button to the rounded end of a half plastic egg to make the cup set. Don't be concerned if your teacup doesn't stand completely straight. It gives the cups character.
Add a Handle to the Teacup
Use about a 1 3/4" length of string beads to form a handle on the teacup. Glue the beads to the top side of the teacup and then form a handle and glue at the bottom.
Decorate the Teacups
More fun! Use beads, tiny buttons and paints to decorate your teacups. Form a pick stem in the same manner as for the elegant hats and glue to the bottom of the cups.
Egg Carton Tea Cups
Let the Tea Party Begin!!
Just a few of the teacups and hats that we made for Madi's bridal shower. The little girls each got a handful to take home with them. They were so happy to have them and it's a party I guarantee they won't forget.
Tea Party Bridal Shower
Madi's shower was held at the country club in Hartington. I think that the colorful plates and cups gave the room a very festive look.
Tea Party Bridal Shower Centerpiece
Madi was so happy with her bridal shower. The little bride and groom in the picture above were made using wooden clothes pins.
© 2014 Loraine Brummer