Unique and Charming Home Decor Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Tea Cups - The Brooklyn Teacup

Unique and Charming Home Decor Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Tea Cups

Posted by Ariel Davis on

Teacups hold a treasure trove of creative potential beyond their intended function. These dainty vessels can be repurposed in countless ways beyond teacup candles to add unique accent decor as well as statement pieces to your space. In this post we explore a variety of teacup-centric repurposing projects for DIY-ers at all levels.

Beginners can choose from quick and easy options that don’t require specialized tools or experience and can be done in a couple of hours (Level 1 🔥);  Experienced DIYers can find more involved and technical projects that require a longer time investment (Level 5 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥).

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and try some out yourself!


Tea cups as adorable pin cushions: 🔥🔥

A charming vintage teacup set repurposed into a teacup pin cushion.
Photo from Pinterest (wonderfuldiy) 

Transform forgotten teacups into functional and decorative pin cushions. The delicate china, adorned with intricate patterns, will undoubtedly add a touch of elegance to any craft area or sewing space while providing a handy, injury-free way to store your pins and needles. 

Visit Sew It With Love for a step-by-step guide on how to make a teacup pincushion and create that one-of-a-kind gift for the sewing enthusiast in your life.


Tea cups as curtain tie-backs: 🔥🔥🔥

A beautiful floral vintage teacup being used as a curtain tie-back.
Curtain tie back created from a floral tea cup. Photo ℅ Pinterest

Get ready to experience the enchantment and quaintness of a fairytale English cottage right at home when you use curtain tie-backs repurposed from vintage teacups.

The process for making these DIY cuties is fairly simple: using an electric drill with a hole-cutting bit, create a hole in the bottom of the cup. Then, thread your curtain panel through the hole and hang the teacup handle on the wall hook. And voilà! We especially love these teacup tie-backs in kitchen nooks and nursery rooms, where they add an extra touch of warmth and coziness.


Teacup candle decor to set the mood:🔥🔥🔥

Vintage china set repurposed into wonderful teacup candle decor.

Give new life to your vintage teacups by repurposing them into delightful and decorative candles. These unique pieces infuse any space with a cozy and charming glow, perfect for setting the mood during intimate gatherings or tranquil evenings at home.

For those inclined to embrace their creative side, check out Craft Patch’s DIY candle-making guide for step-by-step instructions. This engaging project not only repurposes cherished teacups but also allows you to customize the candle's color, fragrance, and style to match your decor preferences.

Looking for charming tea cup candles that don’t require any DIY projects?
Check out our teacup candle collection


Teacups as pole-mounted bird feeders: 🔥

A DIY Pole-mounted birdfeeder made from a vintage china teacup and saucer set 

Create charming DIY bird feeders in a few steps using a handful of supplies. It’s super easy to create, requiring just epoxy to adhere the teacup and saucer to a copper pole that you’ll stake into the ground–and makes a statement at any outdoor event.

If you don’t want other animals to get to your feeder before the birds, consider getting a very tall stake or pole and keeping it away from other trees as squirrels can get very creative! 


Hanging tea cup bird feeder: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

A hanging birdfeeder repurposed from beautiful vintage blue and white china pieces

Elevate your outdoor space with a whimsical, hanging teacup bird feeder made from a vintage teacup, saucer, and salad plate. After carefully drilling through the center of each piece, assemble the piece with cake stand hardware and an extra long screw.

If you're in search of a stunning tea cup bird feeder that can be hung anywhere and withstand the elements year-round, give it a try!  Alternately, visit The Brooklyn Teacup’s collection of exquisite birdfeeders and enjoy watching your feathered friends flock to this charming piece. 

Want to repurpose your vintage teacups without having to play with power tools?
Book a call to upcycle your china into stunning teacup bird feeders or any other type of custom item you see in our shop.


Teacups for a multi-armed teacup chandelier: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Multi-armed chandelier made from vintage china teacup sets.

Craft a stunning chandelier using teacups and saucers and a sturdy, multi-arm chandelier. Attach the pre-drilled teacups and saucers to the chandelier frame using a strong adhesive that can withstand the weight of the ceramic pieces. Arrange the sets in a visually appealing pattern, mixing and matching designs for an eclectic look.

Once the teacups and saucers are securely attached, it's time to add the electrical wiring and bulb sockets. If you're not familiar with electrical work, it's best to seek the help of a professional to ensure safety and proper installation. Finally, hang the chandelier securely in your desired location to create an impressive, cottage-inspired focal point to your room.


Teacup candelabra: 🔥🔥

Wonderfully repurposed vintage china teacup sets, made into a classic candelabra.
Photo ℅ Southern Vintage Georgia

For a similar but much easier DIY project that doesn't involve a drill or electrical wiring (!!), use a vintage candelabra to create a charming display for your dining table. These repurposed beauties also make magical accents at special events that always remind of the movie character Lumière from Beauty and the Beast!

Unlike the chandelier option that requires drilling, bulbs and electric wiring, the teacup candelabra requires just strong adhesive and battery-operated tea lights to illuminate your space. Obviously this is a less permanent option than the teacup chandelier, but it makes for a great conversation starter and accent piece.  In case you were worried, candelabras are actually pretty easy to find at vintage and antique shops and, of course, on secondhand sites like ebay. 


Hanging tea cup wreath: 🔥🔥🔥

Beautiful teacups repurposed as a vintage wall wreath decor
Photo of tea cup wreath  ℅ Kenneth Wingard

Transform your collection of vintage teacups into a charming teacup wreath. Arrange at least 12 teacups in a circular pattern on a round wooden surface, interlocking their delicate handles to create a charming and whimsical wreath display. Affix handles and cup to the wood with plenty of glue and hang your finished wreath on a wall or door for a unique and nostalgic touch to your decor.

Visit Kenneth Wingard’s blog post for more detailed DIY tea cup wreath instructions.


Tea cup wreath in a bowl: 🔥

Teacups formed into a charming wreath, used as coffeetable decor.
Picture ℅ Designthusiasm

Instead of wall-mounting, you can create a less permanent but equally charming tea cup wreath from your tea set by nesting the cups in a bowl. Add extra oomph with flowers or seasonal decorations. Or, take inspiration from Designthusiasm's dreamy display by adding a candle at the center of the tea cup wreath for added coziness. 


Tea cups to keep your drawers organized: 🔥

Pieces of jewelry organized and separated in brightly colored, eclectic teacups
Picture of jewelry organized and separated in brightly colored, eclectic teacups
  ℅ The Inspired Room

If you struggle with cluttered cabinets and drawers, your loved one’s forgotten teacup collection might just provide the inspiration you need to get organized.

Use different cups to separate and sort items like paper clips, rubber bands, buttons, and other odds and ends; Arrange them neatly in the drawer, and suddenly, your once chaotic drawer will be transformed into a tidy and organized space. You can easily apply the same process to an unwieldy cosmetics shelf or jewelry drawer full of tangled necklaces and bracelets.


Tea cup stand for displaying accessories: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

A Wedgewood Queensware teacup set upcycled into a lovely teacup stand used for displaying dainty jewelry pieces.
Teacup stand repurposed from a matching Wedgwood Queensware teacup set for displaying jewelry.

If you’re looking to elevate the presentation of your small trinkets, jewelry and little accessories, tea cup stands are just the thing. Made by drilling through a teacup and saucer and connecting the two with cake stand hardware, this upcycled creation is the ideal for a bedside table or bathroom counter. They also create a designated spot for the accessories you use everyday, from airpods to keys and chapstick. 


Tea cup stand for self-serve cocktail garnishes: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

The Courtly Snack Stand used to serve cocktail garnishes.
Image features the Courtly Snack Stand used here to serve cocktail garnishes.

We also love using teacup stands for events and casual entertaining. Whether for holidays and tea parties or having a few friends over for drinks, use one or more of these whimsical stands for a variety of purposes, from serving garnishes, nuts and olives by the bar or bite-sized desserts and fruits on your dessert spread.


Tea cups for enjoying things other than tea: 🔥

Blue and white calico chintz teacup used to serve yogurt parfait
Blue and white calico chintz teacup used to serve yogurt parfait

There’s no reason to restrict your teacup usage to tea and hot beverages. These dainty vessels are perfect for serving a wide range of sweets and treats and delighting everyone in the process. Here are a few creative, food and drink-related ways to repurpose teacups that we enjoy:


Tea cups for serving dips & spreads: 🔥

Dipping a carrot in a demitasse cup of ranch dressing
Dipping a carrot in a demitasse cup of ranch dressing

Add a touch of elegance to your buffet or dessert table by repurposing vintage teacups as dipping bowls for dressing or other spreads. Pair with a butter knife or spoon and your repurposed tea cups can be used to add charm and whimsy to any meal where you might want to spread butter, jam or other condiments. 


Tea cups for serving ice cream & sweet treats: 🔥

Using vintage china teacups in other ways - such as eating ice cream from a classic blue and white teacup piece

Using teacups for serving sweet treats adds elegance and creativity to any occasion. Naturally, presenting sweets in tea cups is a darling idea for any kind of tea party-themed event. Generally speaking, they also make for visually appealing, individual portioned desserts that also serve as conversation starters that will  get your guests in a whimsical and creative mood . 


Tea cups for sipping champagne & cocktails: 🔥

Vintage china teacups being used for sipping champagne in an outdoor party

For your special occasions, consider using teacups to create cocktails or serve champagne. The dainty appearance of the teacups contrasts beautifully with the effervescence of champagne, creating an enchanting visual spectacle for your guests. Teacups offer an equally charming and creative vessel for showcasing your mixology skills and adding a little something risqué to your classy, grown-up tea parties and themed celebrations.



In conclusion, tea cups are not just for sipping tea at tea parties, but can be repurposed for all sorts of beverages, condiments and sweet treats.

With a little creativity, they can also be upcycled into an array of whimsical gifts and decor, from creative planters to stunning candle vessels. Embrace your creativity and repurpose those tucked away tea cups for adding warmth and whimsy to any room in your home.

For more upcycled decor ideas involving vintage teacups, visit our upcycling articles on repurposing your vintage china set and visit our shop. 

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