Glittery Teacup Christmas Tree Ornaments
These Christmas tree ornaments are easy to make and boy are they cute. Once you see them I bet you head to the thrift store. You can find all kinds of teacups at the thrift store for less than $1. The ornaments are unique and you might want to make a few for gifts….or just for yourself.
I made three teacup ornaments and they are all different. You can paint the teacups, add whatever you want, personalize them……get as creative or crazy as you like. I shot a quick video of the paint process. Just wait until you see the glittery paint.
My little snowman is cute as can be. I found these teacups at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
There were 3 teacups of the same kind which was perfect for my needs. I think I got lucky with these because they were mostly white and they were only .50 cents each. Plain slate to work with.
I have to find some more cups though because I’m going to do a Facebook Live tutorial on the project in a week or so. I’ll let you know when.
How To Make Teacup Christmas Tree Ornaments
I chose FolkArt® Metallic Acrylic, color Blue Topaz, to paint the inside of the cup. The metallic color is so pretty. I applied two coats of the paint. The instructions say the paint can be used on a wide variety of porous surfaces, such as wood, canvas, tin, terracotta, fabric, and paper mache. I was still a little leery though, especially since the china teacups have such a smooth slick finish. But let me tell you. The metallic paint covered well and stuck well! No worries.
For the outside of the teacup I went all out with FolkArt ® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint, color Gold. The name for the paint says it all, glitter overload. It contains multiple size glitter particles in a clear base. You don’t have to worry about a glitter explosion like you do with loose glitter. The paint can be used on wood, papier mache, paper or cardstock, canvas, metal, rigid plastics, terra cotta, glassware, ceramics and fabric.
I used a talon brush to apply the paint but a foam brush would work too. You can build up the glitter particles as much as you want. I gave each teacup a glitzy splash of glitter. The paint dried in a couple of hours.
Time to decorate the inside of the cups. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to put in each teacup. A pile of stuff to work with is always good. I gathered a few items I had in my Christmas stash plus I picked up a couple of new items to use. I looked for soft velvety ribbon to make the ornament hanger but didn’t have any luck.
I tried a variety of items and set up different scenes in the cups. Once I decided what to put in each cup I grabbed the hot glue gun and went to work.
That little snowman is the cutest thing. He was leftover from Christmas past projects. I bought a roll of snow mat stuff, not sure what the name of it was, to use as a base.
I first cut a small piece of the snow mat to use in the cups. After working with it for a while I figured out it was best just to pull pieces of the mat off and use them that way. There was an issue with the hot glue and the fluffy stuff. That fluffy stuff is as bad as hot glue about sticking to your fingers and everything else. I finally got it in place.
The fluffy stuff had little silver stars on it. You can never have enough glitz. One teacup decorated, two more to go.
The green trees I found to go in the cups were not working and I scrounged through my Christmas stuff again. I bought a whole bunch of little sparkly silver trees on clearance last Christmas but they were too big for the cup. No problem, I just snipped off the bottoms. The trees were only about .25 cents each. I love a good clearance sale.
Teacup number 3 got a fuchsia star and a bit of faux greenery. I wish you could see the teacup ornaments in person. The metallic blue paint is so shiny and the gold glitterific paint is so, well, glittery.
You can’t buy ornaments like these in the store. The ornaments cost less than $3 each to make and that includes the paint.
Watch my video to see the paint process and for more ideas on how to decorate the interior of the cup….
How To Make Teacup Christmas Tree Ornaments
If you like these ornaments you must see the ones I made from vintage Christmas cards. Talk about sentimental……click here….Vintage Christmas Card Ornaments.
And for a great DIY on creating personalized brown Kraft paper wrapping paper click here…DIY Stenciled Wrapping Paper & Gift Tags
Which one of the ornaments do you like the best? Have you made any ornaments this year? Got your tree up yet? I don’t.
Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts as part of the Plaid Creators program. All words, project ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.