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Upcycling Tea Cups

Updated on September 21, 2014

The Many Uses Of The Teacup

I am going to share with you the many uses there are for a teacup. It isn't all about having a tea party, although it is a nice gesture. In fact I have my teacups behind a glass door for display instead of using them for tea lol.

As a little girl I connected the teacup as having a fun tea party. Kind of like you watch on tv while a girl plays with her dolls and they are sitting at the table with their teacups in front of them.

Or having your friends over and playing house drinking out of your teacup. Again I pictured teacups with two little old ladies drinking tea. But never did I imagine the many other ways a teacup can be used.

I am going to show you some ideas and how the teacup can be used, there are to many to share at one time. But I can share with you, just a few crafty ideas that you can use a teacup for. I hope you enjoy this lens.

I realize that there are so many other ways to using a teacup that isn't on here, for example how to make hanging lights with teacups or perhaps even a chandelier. There are a lot on the internet that you can find that shows gorgeous pictures of what a teacup can be used for.

Beautiful Teacups For Candle Making

For Candle lovers - Lovely Teacup candles

I fell in love with these teacup candles. I have always loved candles to begin with but teacup candles are the best of the best when it comes to the designs they are beautifully designed and would make a great gift.

What You Need To Make A Candle Teacup


2. Wax:

You can use beeswax they also sell the candle kits on Amazon

3. Microwave or boiler

4. wick

Candle Kit

This is a kit in general for making candles. I imagine that they also can be used for making the candle for a teacup. I have never tried this kit but it may make it easier for the first time learner.

Let's Get Started

  1. First thing comes first you have to have a teacup of course lol. You can use an old one that you have already. Or you can go to a thrift store, second hand stores is always a good way of saving.

    You can come up with some really neat crafty ideas by paying a visit to these second hand places

    Flee markets are good too. I am sure they would have teacups, owners who don't want theirs anymore would prefer to get a little something for it but not much.

  2. Make sure that your teacup is clean and dry before you start your project.
  3. Take the skewer and lay it across the teacup, wrapping the wick around the skewer. Then hang it into the teacup.
  4. Melt the wax until it is clear and you can see through it, you will be able to tell the difference once it is melted. Make sure that if you aren't using a microwaveable wax that you use the proper equipment such as a boiler. Follow your directions that come with the items. Bees wax is a product that you can use in the microwave.
  5. Following the directions on the package add your candle scent to the wax then combine it along.
  6. Pour the wax into the teacup wearing protective gloves so you do not burn yourself, like I even have many times at work lol. P our it into the teacup. Then you'll be able to gently rock the cup till it sets in an exceedingly even position.
  7. Let the wax relax for a few minutes. Once the wax is set trim a little of the wick to create it even, maybe about a 1/4 inch.
  8. That wasn't hard to make, it is amazing how you can create a stunning candle holder with very little effort.

How to Make a Teacup Candle

Teacup Bird Feeder - These are already made

These are simple to make if you have the right tools they make such colorful awesome bird feeders very unique with personality and beauty of it s own.

What A Clever Idea

Teacup Bird Feeders

Another Crafty Idea For Using Teacups - Creating A Bird Feeder

Hanging bird feeder is one of the simple crafts to do. You can use a simple plant hanger. It can be beaded or chained there are many ways to do it, just use your own imagination with it.

Observe the hanging birdfeeder in the picture above you just need the right tools and it is a simple fix, nothing to it.

In this video she shows you how to make your own bird feeder from a teacup. She uses a pole instead of a hanging bird feeder.

How to Make a Teacup Candle

The Teacup

These are single made teacups at ebay, that I found to be fascinating and the choice of colors and design are awesome too.

Teacup Clock - They come in all shapes and sizes that is up to you to decide


Making a teacup clock can be a simple task for some depending on how you want to make it. With very little experience myself. I found simple ways to making teacup crafts.

When looking at a lot of these crafts, I saw some clocks made with a picture background that fit with the clock base. It really added a elegant beauty to it. I really liked those ones the best. You would need wood glue for a picture background. They sell wood glue in sprays so that it can be an easier and cleaner task.

Another thing I discovered is that the cost can be a lot more affordable in making your own because you can buy second hand items to make a clock verses buying one new, it actually made a big difference in the cost.

Of course you are going to need to have the teacups and the saucers to add to the clock. There again you can get them at a reasonable prize at a second hand store if you don't have any of your own. (Making your own can save you money, they make great gifts, and it is a good way to pass your time doing something worth while.

1. Using a thick cardboard or a thin board depending on how many of these cups you choose to add to the background.

2. If you are going to add a picture you will need a wood glue if you are using a wood type of background. Varnish to cover and protect the picture and to give it a nice shine look.

3. You will want to draw a circle on the background. You can use a round plate to trace it with a pencil first. Using a jigsaw to make the cut or a special blade for that purpose.

4. If you are adding a picture match it to the circle so that you can glue it once it is sized and then put varnish after it is glued on to the background. The let it dry.

5. Drill a hole where the hands to the clock is going to go and also where the saucers will be placed at. Use a drill with a tile bit.

6. Protect your eyes by wearing protective covering, using your drill to make holes in the bottom of each china cup and through each saucer. To keep the drill and china cool you can put a small amount of water to the bottom of the cup.

7. Put wood glue on the back of the clock piece then attach it to the base of the board. Let it dry. Then

put the wood glue on the bottom of each saucer and stick these to the front of the base. Leave it to dry.

8. Using long screws or bolts, attach the saucer and cup to the round circle base of the clock. Make sure the clock hands on the spindle is fixed on properly, and able to turn correctly.

9. You are now finished and ready for hanging.

The Many Uses Of The Teacup


They make great plants! I only share a few ideas for the teacup. They are elegant, beautiful designs. I hope you agree. The picture above illustrates how you can use this as small pots for a plant. Like with any other plant you would do the same with a teacup. What makes this different is the design of the teacup can really add elegance and beauty to almost any area.

You can use these in a window seal. Or put them on shelves. Give them as a gift that would be nice too. What you do is put the saucer and the teacup together with epoxy and let it dry.

With your crafty drill you then drill a hole on the bottom of the plate with the teacup allowing the plant to grow more sufficiently. You can hook these on a fence to add a unique plant design. This is a good time of the year to be doing that. You can place them in your kitchen window or on a dinning room table where there is plenty of light.

I read that you can add pebbles or sand on the bottom of the teacup to prevent root rot, they make such beautiful designs to any room.

Upcycling Tea Cups

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      All the different tea cups are awesome! Love the night light. Good job.

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      I love the clock the best!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very pretty ideas.

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Good idea and very useful lens!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very cool ideas. I'm not very original so I don't have any good ideas to add:)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      These are some of the neatest things I've ever seen with cups, but I don't think I could bring myself to doing some of these crafts. I'd have to go bargain hunting for some that I have no attachment to, and then have a blast!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I love the candles!

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: I know they come up with such great ideas I agree I like the bird feeder too,

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      @anonymous: Yea I saw that one too I thought it was really neat.

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      Paula Atwell 4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I think that I would use the tea cups for planters but use chipped or cracked ones that I am going to throw away.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What gorgeous teacups and beautiful projects! I didn't know there was a microwavable wax for making candles! That would certainly make the job easier. Love the bird feeder - and the clock!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I have used chipped and cracked teacups for little plants, but I love the idea of a teacup bird feeder. So clever! Thanks for the idea. I am pinning it to my "Birds of a Feather" board.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can make a nice pincushion in a tea cup. You found some nice ideas.