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Repurposed teacups

Updated on October 4, 2014

I can't resist teapots and teacups

The first thing you will notice about anyone who adores shabby chic is the automatic response to teapots and teacups. The vintage teapots and teacups draw the eye with the softer pastels and floral patterns. For someone like me, finding one of these treasures sends me into a buying frenzy.

Now I have a collection of teapots and teacups that cover several surfaces of my house that make me happy but collect dust. It is time to repurpose and give as gifts to those who would appreciate them. I have found several tutorials and pictures that might generate even more ideas.


I love this and it served as my inspiration for my first teacup project

The picture is from a site called "The Making Spot". The site is no longer in business but it was the inspiration for my project.

Gracie China Rose Chintz 8-Ounce Porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer, Set of 4
Gracie China Rose Chintz 8-Ounce Porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer, Set of 4

Buy all 4 and make them all for gifts or to sell at a boutique. Or...I could just keep them all for myself and hit the thrift stores.

 

Here is how I made my teacup pincushion - Click on the pictures to follow the steps

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Thrift store find. Really cheap but very pretty and since this gift is going to my secret sister in the quilt guild, I know that she will love it.This was an eBay purchase on a whim. I wanted some older spools for another project and just happened to have them on hand to embellish this gift.Cut circle. I used the saucer but it was too small so I added 2" to make it bigger.Not the best picture but stuff and sewed closed.
Thrift store find. Really cheap but very pretty and since this gift is going to my secret sister in the quilt guild, I know that she will love it.
Thrift store find. Really cheap but very pretty and since this gift is going to my secret sister in the quilt guild, I know that she will love it.
This was an eBay purchase on a whim. I wanted some older spools for another project and just happened to have them on hand to embellish this gift.
This was an eBay purchase on a whim. I wanted some older spools for another project and just happened to have them on hand to embellish this gift.
Cut circle. I used the saucer but it was too small so I added 2" to make it bigger.
Cut circle. I used the saucer but it was too small so I added 2" to make it bigger.
Not the best picture but stuff and sewed closed.
Not the best picture but stuff and sewed closed.

Finished teacup pincushion

Stuffed and glued and ready for our quilt guild meeting.

Teacup lights - Martha Stewart strikes again - This is the coolest idea for repurposing teacups

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How about a cupcake stand or a multipurpose stand for snacks - This is so going to be my secret sister gift for her birthday

Clicking on the source will take you to the website.
Clicking on the source will take you to the website. | Source

Have teapots too? Here's a great idea - This comes from Sew KidZ

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The photo source will take you to the website | Source

Another lamp from teacups and teapots with a great tutorial

The Vintage Revival site shares very practical information on creating this lovely lamp. Click on the source to be directed to their site.
The Vintage Revival site shares very practical information on creating this lovely lamp. Click on the source to be directed to their site. | Source

How about a teacup garden - This is a super cool idea that even kids would enjoy brought to you by Pixie Hill

Knickertwists
Knickertwists | Source

I don't have the tools or the skills to do this but it's a great way to repurpose teacups and teapots - This comes from Lavender Hill Studio

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Teacup Candle

Clicking on the source will take you to the Stipje web page where there a many more ideas not only for teacups but other crafts as well.
Clicking on the source will take you to the Stipje web page where there a many more ideas not only for teacups but other crafts as well. | Source

Just one more - Teacup wineglasses

Must make these! Clicking on the source will take you to the Country Living website. Just scroll over to page ten.
Must make these! Clicking on the source will take you to the Country Living website. Just scroll over to page ten. | Source

Don't you just love teacups?

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      Jenn Dixon 5 years ago from PA

      Yes! I have some that i inherited from my great-grandmothers.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for featuring my Teacup Pincushion lens here! I LOVE the teacup gardens...so cute! :)

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I let a collection of tea cups go to new homes at an Estate Sale some years ago, but now I may have to go collect some more! I think the fairy gardens are adorable and I love the tiered cookie stand. Oh, and the lamps --- well, there's so much to like!

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really like the stall standing light with teacups and teapots. It would be pretty heavy though.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      These are so very creative! Many good ideas. :)

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Your ideas are great ways to bring vintage teacups out of the china cabinet! Super lens!

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      gamesngames 5 years ago

      great lens....

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Those little teacup gardens are too cute! May have to make a few of those for my underdecorated front porch.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love teacups too. These are great ideas.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Hey..some cute ideas! Thanks.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yes, I adore tea cups! What fabulous ideas! =D *Squidoo Angel Blessed!*

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Such wonderful and creative ideas. Love it.

      Yes, I like teacups so much, that I even made a page about Teacup Flower Arrangements. I'll feature this one there.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I love teacups, have a collection and may need to use a few for your fabulous ideas! Thanks!

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      These are all great ideas for using tea cups. Nice lens.. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I do love teacups! These are great ways to repurpose teacups. I love them all but the teacup garden is a hoot! Love it!

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      AshleyCarew1 4 years ago

      cool lens, some great photos!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are all awesome ideas! I absolutely love the pincushion!

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      VictoriaKelley 4 years ago

      I used to collect teapots myself. I have lost a few over the years but I still have my favorites positioned around the house. I really enjoyed this lens.

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      dumpstergourmet 4 years ago

      OMG! So many cute ideas! I would LOVE teacup Wineglasses...

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      Alrady 4 years ago

      Some of these would make awesome gifts not only like this last Christmas but upcoming Valentine's Day or Mom

      's Day. . I saw one once, stuffed with pearls (dripping from side) and goodies. How awesome is that? Roses for ever on some of the nicer fine china teacups.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Some good ideas - I thought the lamps were great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a delight and a smiled all the way through at the sweetness and creativity. I guess I'm on the simple side because my favorite is the teacup candle but I loved the cupcake stand you made for your secret sister gift and the lamps are amazing. A nice way to enjoy your love for teacups and pots by making very attractive décor!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bounced back to FB like this sweetness....

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Great ideas to give a new life to to crockery. I love the teacup gardens.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Wonderful ideas here! I love the pincushion and lamp. I may just dig up some of my teacups from the basement now...thanks for the inspiration.

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