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5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Vintage Teacups

Give a vintage teacup new life with these innovative crafts. Vintage teacups and their saucers are found in abundance in charity shops, so if you haven’t got one to hand at home, you don’t need to splash out on an expensive set.

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1. Bird Feeder

Entice birds into your garden with a feeder that is functional but also adds some charm to your garden. After glueing the teacup to its saucer, attach some ribbon or twine to make the teacup hang level. Simply fill the teacup with some birdseed, hang it from a branch in your garden, and wait for the birds to arrive! For a detailed tutorial, visit our Hanging Teacup Bird Feeder guide.

2. Teacup Candles

Crafting a candle is the perfect way to display your teacups and add a cosy feel to any room. Use a set like our Eazi Candle Natural Soy Blend Wax with Wicks, as this includes everything you’ll need. Simply secure the wick into the bottom of a teacup with hot glue. A top tip is to attach the wick to a pencil or skewer to help keep it upright. Melt your wax, and allow it to cool slightly. Pour the wax into the teacup to your desired height. After the wax has cooled completely, you can trim the wick to about 1 cm and begin to enjoy your new candle!

3. Mosaic Frame

This craft is not for the faint-hearted, and if you’re sentimental about your teacups, this may not be the one for you. If you’re sure the teacups won't be used again, or if some are chipped or cracked, why not consider breaking them up even more to create an enchanting mosaic? Don some gloves, make sure your eyes are protected, grab a hammer and start smashing! It helps to cover the teacup with some fabric to prevent shards from flying everywhere. Use an adhesive to secure the pieces to a canvas in a mosaic pattern - you could fill a whole canvas, or create a new shape such as a heart, or even a teacup!

4. Pin Cushion

If you’re a crafter, it's safe to assume you’ll be needing a pin cushion once in a while. Even if you’re not a stitcher, this teacup pincushion makes the perfect gift for a friend who is. Incorporating a pincushion into a teacup means you’ll be hard-pressed to lose it, and it’ll look stunning alongside your other crafting materials! All you need to do is fill the teacup with enough stuffing to form a firm base. Then, cut out a circle of fabric that is slightly bigger than the teacup’s rim. Simply glue the circle of fabric over the stuffing, and your pincushion is ready to use! Why not try a pretty floral fabric like our Riley Blake Bliss Fabric Collection - Floral Mint to add to the vintage feel?

5. Redesigned Set

If you have a number of teacups in different patterns and colours, you could try painting them to create a uniform set. This craft really allows your creativity to flow. You could use a solid colour, or create matching intricate designs on each cup. You could even paint a teapot and milk jug to complete the whole set. Try acrylic paints in complementary colours for stand-out design, such as our Cadence by Sue Baker Acrylic Paint Set. Remember, this set will be for decoration only.