You can make DIY teacup Christmas ornaments just like these or personalize them to your liking. The teacup ornaments are easy to make and boy are they cute.
There's a video too showing how I made these cute as pie teacup ornaments. 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.
How To Make DIY Teacup Christmas Ornaments
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.
1. Use Solid Color Teacups
I bought my 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. It's always good to have a plain slate to work with.
While talking to a friend about the ornaments she mentioned that she had some teacups passed down from her grandmother. How cool would it be to make teacup ornaments out of those heirlooms. Her teacups were packed away in a box. She could enjoy them during the Christmas season.....or all year long if they were cute ornaments.
Select Paint Type For The Inside Of The Teacup
I chose FolkArt® Metallic Acrylic, color Blue Topaz, to paint the inside of the cup. The metallic color is so pretty. You have to have shimmer and shine during the holidays.
Apply The Paint To The Teacup Ornament
I brushed on two coats of the metallic paint. The instructions say the paint can be used on porous surfaces such as wood, canvas, tin, terracotta, fabric, and paper mache. I was still a little leery though, especially since the fine China teacups have such a smooth slick finish. But let me tell you. The metallic paint covered well and stuck well! No worries.
Select Paint For The Surface Of The Teacup Ornament
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. My son has banned glitter from his house because my granddaughters get a little crazy with the glitter. This paint would be perfect for them.
How To Use The Glitterific Paint
I used a taklon 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.
Add Embellishments To The Teacup Ornament
Time to decorate the inside of the cups. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to put in each teacup.
Gather Fun Stuff For The Teacup Interior
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. The velvet with it's soft feel would have added another texture element to the ornament.
Try Out Placement Ideas
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.
Get Creative With The Ornament Styling
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.
Three Teacup Ornament Displays
The Snowman Teacup Ornament
The fluffy stuff had little silver stars on it. You can never have enough glitz. One teacup decorated, two more to go.
The Silver Tree Teacup Ornament
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 spa rkly 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.
The Star Teacup Christmas Ornament
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.
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.
Make snowman ornaments out of things found in your junk drawer like checkers, jar lids, door hardware, etc. See all of the different kinds of snowmen ornaments here. I recently found this post.... 21 tea cup upcycle ideas. I now have more ideas for my teacups!
DIY Teacup Christmas Ornament Video....
How To Make Teacup Christmas Tree Ornaments
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.
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.