Wednesday, 5 December 2012

101 Uses Of A Teacup

Well nearly. Mismatched china has found it's home in the vintage world with teacups, plates and saucers adorning many cafes, shops and displays! Where to find your china? The best advice I can give you is to rummage in your local charity shop. Don't worry if you can't find matching saucers, just keep growing your collection so you too can have a home full of teacup crafts! Oh and don't forget they make lovely gifts too...The crafty among you have thought outside the box and I have gathered my Top 5 other uses of the humble teacup.

These blew me away, so pretty and a real novel use of old china. I believe they were originally the idea from ceramic lights designer Greg Bonasera whose modern designs are very sleek yet stand out slightly. But I've found a very simple and easy to follow step by step DIY guide from Ideas Mag tutorial.  Chandeliers are also quite popular, you can cheat and buy a brand new one from Next.

Sticking with teacup interior design, howsabout this amazing clock? A statement piece for your chimney breast or in your kitchen if you have the room! You could always downsize and just put teacups at 12,3,6 and 9. You can buy these but again, here is a tutorial from Vintage Revivals  whose bright choice of china makes a brave use of colour and a welcome change from the usual pastels we often see.

While we are in the kitchen, grab us a glass of wine will you? Oh, no glasses? A teacup shall do! I absolutely love these, so simple an idea I'm gutted I didn't think of it first. Available from the inventively named Teacup Wine Glasses who are based in London.  If you aren't convinced, here is a review of the clever crafters and their teacup wine glasses from Festival Brides wedding blog.

Now how could I forget the humble teacup candle? These are simply everywhere at the moment, widely available at vintage fairs (including our own) and in shops all over the place. If you're feeling particularly handy then they really aren't hard to make yourself, so who better to trust for a home made vintage trinket than Kirstie Allsop. But if you just can't wait, you can buy your candles from Teacup CandlesKookie Candles and Eco-Antique Teacup Candles as just a few examples.

 To finish, here is a teacup DIY we can all attempt. The teacup pincushion. A very quaint idea that will suit the vintage fashionista and her customising ways or perhaps you'd rather just display a vintage cotton reel beside it as a unique decoration? The lovely, easy to follow blog Sophie Makes Things has a brilliantly simple tutorial for the pincushion below which has fab photography to boot.

But if you're really just that lazy, then click over onto eBay to browse the home made version for sale. This was my favourite on offer at at £6.99. But go on, give this one a go!

Get the super glue out!
Gina x

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