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Teacup Flower Arrangements

Updated on May 18, 2019
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Virginia has years of experience with gardening and wild pests in New Hampshire and other locales.

This image is used with permission. It is available for purchase on Etsy.
This image is used with permission. It is available for purchase on Etsy. | Source

Ideas for Pretty Little Floral Arrangements

Miniature flower arrangements add a delightful touch of color to a desk or with an individual place setting at a table. With just a few flowers and some greenery and a teacup, one creates a tiny floral decoration to brighten your surroundings.

Think of decorating the tables at a wedding with these unique tea cups filled with flowers. Give them as gifts to a friend at the office, to someone in a nursing home, to the speaker at your book club meeting... There are so many ways to use these.

They can be quite inexpensive too if you look for vintage tea cups and it takes only a few flowers to fill one.

(A special thank-you to Brandy Stetts of BrandybyDesignsLTD of Etsy for granting me permission to use some of her arrangements to illustrate my article here. Besides the ones I've featured here, she takes custom orders as well.)

One of My Miniature Flower Arrangements

This uses a miniature cream pitcher with multi-colored leaves and several flower.
This uses a miniature cream pitcher with multi-colored leaves and several flower. | Source

Find Cups and Mugs at Yard Sales

or check eBay

This is a good way to use that stray cup left from your grandmother's china set. You'll enjoy seeing it filled with flowers a lot more than if it sits lonely and forgotten in the cupboard. Look around at Goodwill or other thrift shops where odds and ends of china sell for a very modest amount. You can find them at yard sales too.

Even antique shops will have orphan tea cups and may sell them at a modest price. I don't turn away from one with a tiny chip on the rim. If I'm using it for myself, no one will notice that teeny defect once the cup is filled with flowers.

A Teacup I found at a Flea Market

Borage flowers in a vintage teacup.
Borage flowers in a vintage teacup. | Source

Add Your Flowers - You Won't Need Very Many

I'm using an old flow blue tea cup, quite a vintage piece. The borage was from my herb garden. To create a fuller arrangement, I could have tucked some baby's breath in among the blue flowers.

A little greenery accents the colorful flowers, so clip a few leaf clusters or fern fronds to insert for fullness.

I Also Found Delightful Tea Cup Arrangements on Etsy

This floral artist had 25 arrangements in her shop. Each was a delight.
This floral artist had 25 arrangements in her shop. Each was a delight. | Source

You Can Buy a Ready-Made Tea Cup Flower Arrangement - from Amazon

Who wouldn't love receiving a flower arrangement in the mail from Amazon! With faux flowers, you don't have to worry about it arriving wilted.

The recipient can put it on a side table by their reading chair to enjoy. They can place it on the windowsill by their sink to brighten their day each time they are in the kitchen. It can go on a bedside table or brighten up the counter in the bathroom.

For someone in a nursing home or the hospital, there are no worries about allergies that real flowers can aggravate and it takes up minimal space.

Tips for Making Tea Cup Floral Arrangements - Videos to watch

In some videos a tea cup is used and another uses a coffee mug.

These small flower arrangements in a cup or mug make great holiday gifts if you use a Halloween, Easter, or Christmas theme or a Valentine's Day theme.

Video Tutorial for Arranging Roses in a Tea Cup

Let The Color of the Teacup Dictate Your Flower Selection

You can fit a good number of small flowers into a teacup bouquet. You can use yellow daisies, red roses and other flowers in a green cup and saucer.

Flower Frogs and Floral Foam for the Tea Cup Flower Arrangement

Metal frogs and floral foam help secure flower stems in a bouquet. Sometimes I don't use either of these in my tea cup or small vase. It depends on how well the stems mesh and hold in place. If the flowers look like they will topple, then use some floral foam or a metal frog to anchor the stems.

The next time you receive a flower arrangement, save the foam. Let it dry, then store it. The foam is easily cut into smaller pieces to put in tiny flower arrangements.

A Delightful Tiny Floral Arrangement

A cluster of tiny flowers make a mini-bouquet.
A cluster of tiny flowers make a mini-bouquet. | Source

A Small Vase and a One Flower

Set a pretty table for tea time

Who needs a dozen overpriced roses from the flower shop? With a bud vase and a single bud or flower, you have a pretty addition to your table.

The mini-bouquet above is a tiny cream pitcher such as restaurants us, but a tea cup would work as well. The flower is a cluster bloom picked from my landscaping in Florida. I'm sorry, but I don't know its name. The leaves are from my strawberry plant.

Use Contrasting Leaves And Flowers

Tiny yellow flowers contrast with the purple of the leaves.
Tiny yellow flowers contrast with the purple of the leaves. | Source

Have You Made Tea Cup Flower Arrangements?

The flowers don't even have to be fancy ones from the florist. Look how pretty these wildflowers look in this teacup. I like the way some of the flowers match the colors of the flowers painted on the cup.

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More Uses for Pretty Teacups

If you want more ideas for using pretty teacups, check out my friend, Wordstock's Repurposed Teacups for some suggestions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Virginia Allain

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    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      I like that you can create one with just a few blossoms. You don't have to go buy a dozen expensive red roses to have some flowers in the house.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      12 months ago from Canada

      I've put a couple sprigs into a cup to root but never created a teacup bouquet. The images here have me hooked. Hubby is going to have to put up with some pretty things happening around here this summer ;)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      These look so sweet. Something that I could do to sweeten it up in my house.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      These are really beautiful arrangements and such a great way to use a teacup collection that might otherwise end up being dust collectors.

    • annmackiemiller profile image


      4 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      what a lovely idea

    • sweetstickyrainbo profile image


      5 years ago

      I think my wife will like this idea

    • Lenskeeper profile image


      5 years ago

      Ohhh...I really like these. Some of those antique teacups make wonderful vases!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @heytoto: That's a very nice idea. There are lots of great teacups to be found at yard sales.

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      Karen Kolavalli 

      6 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      Chhaya's been getting stray teacups and saucers and making lovely candles in them.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to bring Mom a single rose in a small teacup. It always brightened her day.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Too cute, and easy too - my kind of craft. And each can be unique. Pinned to my Crafts I love board - and blessed.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love teacup flower arrangements! I have given these as gifts to ladies retiring where I worked. I didn't make them myself, but it seems pretty easy.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @favored: I like the idea of a tiny arrangement just right to have on your desk next to the computer or to place by each placemat for a meal.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Some of the tea cups are so pretty I'd have a hard time using them for arrangements. I have had some as gifts and made some, but they weren't real expensive cups.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @CrossCreations: Terrific way to share your green thumb and keep your expenses down too.

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What a clever idea to create these teacup flower arrangements! I did something similar for Christmas gifts one year, collected several mugs and planted small houseplants in them. They turned out pretty nice, used mostly small spider plants or philodendron cuttings.

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      Teacup flower arrangements would be lovely at the local mcc thrift store where my husband is volunteering.

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      Ann Hinds 

      6 years ago from So Cal

      Added this to my repurposed teacup lens with the obvious fact that these don't require any glue to make them beautiful. I didn't even think of this when I was looking for ways to repurpose teacups. What a great idea!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. I love this idea, it looks so pretty and dainty.

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      A lovely idea and then you get the beautiful teacup for lasting memories.

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      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      I LOVE this lens! I have a collection of inherited teacups. They are currently languishing on display in my china cabinet. This is a brilliant idea for bringing them out and enjoying them occasionally. Thank you for sharing this idea with us.

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      7 years ago

      I was looking for ideas for an entry in our district flower show for an 8" mass design. These give me a lot of inspiration and an idea of what flowers will work best. Thanks!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Brandi Bush: That sounds lovely. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      My mother would have loved these! Great collection.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      7 years ago

      How pretty! Such a lovely idea. I love teacup fairies and was planning on making some, the floral element will go hand in hand perfectly!

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      7 years ago

      Love this!


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