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Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Make a China Tea Cup Wreath

When H built the greenhouse last summer,  we no longer had a need for the potting shed that we already had.     Kyleigh and I thought it would be fun to turn the old potting shed into a tea room for us.   H has been working on that project and is almost finished,  so it is about time for me to do my part of the makeover....decorate the inside!


I made a tea cup wreath this morning to hang in our new tea room.       I have made several of these wreaths over the years and sold them.....now I only make them for myself.     Since I no longer sell them,   I wanted to share how I make them with my blogging friends.

I use about a 14" grape vine wreath for the base.    Your wreath will need a study hanger because it can get pretty heavy with all the tea cups and saucers on it ,   so be sure to use a heavy gauge wire to hang it.    I use what I call "baling wire"

I use odds and ends tea cups and saucers that I can easily replace if one should get broken.    I lay about 5-6 cups and saucers  on the counter and play with how I can arrange them on the wreath.
When I am happy with the arrangement,   I attach them to the wreath.

I use plate hangers to attach the saucers to the wreath,  and have always been happy with that method.

I use a heavy gauge of floral wire to attach the cups to the wreath.     I attach the cups in several positions to add interest to the design of the wreath.    I sometimes glue cups to the saucers using E6000  glue.

After I get all the cups and saucers on the wreath,  I begin to stick  floral stems into the grapevine wreath as you can see in the first photo.   I keep my glue gun handy to add a strip of hot glue to the stem before I insert it into the wreath.

 In the second photo you can see how I added some gold leaves and filler to the outside of the wreath.   

Then I added a few pieces of fern......

It's all about the details....lol!    I added birds,  nests,  tea spoons,  pieces of battenburg lace napkins  ( I get soiled ones cheap at yard sales and cut them into pieces to tuck in around the wreath)

The vintage sugar spoon is just stuck into the grapevine wreath just in case I ever want to take it out.   

The other spoons were attached with E6000 to the saucer.....

The tea cup in this photo (where my logo is) was also glued to the saucer with E 6000.
  Kyleigh cut some small twigs of ornamental pear blooms from the trees in the front yard and  made a little bouquet in the sugar bowl next to the bunny.   
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I also hung a tea strainer from one of the saucer holes.....you can see a close up of that in the first photo of my post.

 I am sure there are other ways to make a china tea cup wreath,  but this is the way that I do it!    They are lots of fun to make and make a beautiful accessory in the dining room or anywhere else in your home.    I don't recommend hanging them on the front door as they are breakable.


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39 comments:

  1. My comment disappeared...so here I go again,... hehehehe.. First, I would like to say thank you so much for sharing your technique, I have always wanted to make one... and didn't know the mechanics of it.... I make wreaths for myself too and have them in almost every room in the house and on the front and back doors... so you know I am a fan!!! ... Also, I would like to say that your wreath is absolutely stunning and I adore it...as well as your beautiful home... I always love what you share and you have a fantastic talent! Again, thank you for sharing!!! Yours, ~~Angela~~ Bertha Louise Designs

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  2. What a fun idea that is, Penny. Darling for the tearoom for you and Miss Kyleigh. I love how you are always creating something pretty for your home, Penny. xo Diana

    ps. Thanks for visiting me, too. You don't come through my email anymore so I don't always have your email at hand. I appreciate your visits.

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  3. Penny!!

    THANKS so much for this tutorial!!! I would have never thought of adding the saucers to the wreath using plate hangers the way you did!! Amazing!!

    I know St. Patrick's Day is over but I am green with envy at the thought of a Tea Room!!!
    Can't wait to see it!!

    We had 4 inches of SNOW on the first day of Spring so once again, we are covered in SNOW!!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  4. What a lovely wreath! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love this idea and have a friend who collects teacups who will love it, too

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  6. Gosh... that's beautiful.
    Deborah @ Sew Much to Give

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  7. Penny!!!! As the years go by, you are becoming MORE AMAZING. This is soo incredibly unique and wonderful I ** love ** this wreath. The cheek, the color, the abundance of it all. Brilliant! It's a winner. Thank you again, dear, for linking it up with us at our party!!! Love hosting your ideas, in any which way. Hugs, Rose, FineCraftGuild.com

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  8. Wow, that is just amazing! I'd never have the guts to try it without guidance - lol. I'd love if it you'd share this over at Awesome Life Friday. http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

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  9. This wreath is gorgeous and amazing! I love the tea cups on it, very romantic idea. Thanks for sharing your marvelous tecnique.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  10. Such a lovely wreath! I love that you attached tea cups and saucers! Gorgeous!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  11. So very pretty! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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  12. How clever! Pretty too! Love the bunny teapot.

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  13. I have had a teacup wreath on the door in spring for ages! But I use demitasse teacups. It is in need of redoing though. Great tutorial! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  14. Penny, this is gorgeous - I love your tutorial. I love all your details. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  15. A wonderful tutorial, Penny! I have made only one teacup wreath and I tied them in with gossamer ribbon. I planned to use them again so I made the wreath in such a way that I could remove them easily. What I should do is look for teacups in second hand stores and make a wreath with those. Yours is beautiful, by the way, and thank you for sharing it with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. I found your blog on Bernideen's and I'm so glad I did. The teacup wreath is amazing and I appreciate your tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Wow! Your china teacup wreath is fabulous!!! I can't wait to see how your tearoom turns out!

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  18. What a pretty wreath. Your tearoom will be LOVELY.

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  19. What lovely suggestions on the wreath! I use bailing wire - yours looks like bailing wire to me. It is very strong but also flexible and thick. I like that the eye stays where you want it too and doesn't flatten out! You can get it at Home Depot.

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  20. That is very cute! I like the idea of the plate hangers to hold the saucers. You did a wonderful job adding the florals around it and filling it in. I bet that is pretty heavy!

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  21. Simply beautiful and such a great way to use those odd cups/saucers that we already own OR when we find those unique ones at thrift stores!

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  22. Penny, your wreath is just beautiful! I would like to try it but I would be disappointed when it didn't turn out like yours..and it won't! :) I am sorry I missed this informative post. Wonderful tips. I especially was interested in the plate hanger method to attach the saucers. Fantastic! :)

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  23. Oh Penny, as a lover of tea cups this wreath is right up my alley! I simply adore your china wreath - beautiful job, my dear. So glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. Blessings!

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  24. That is just delightful. I love it!

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  25. Penny I love your Spring tea cup wreath - such a great idea! The tea strainers are such a cute added touch.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  26. so pretty ..Love this idea! Thanks so much for the instructions!

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  27. Thanks for sharing the how to! I love how your wreath turned out, it is going to be so pretty in your new tea room!

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  28. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, Stumbled, and Shared on G+. Please grab a featured button off my button page or via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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  29. So creative Penny, looks so sweet.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  30. Super cute Penny, I have added a teacup to a wreath before, but never made an entire teacup wreath. Love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  31. Hi Penny, how beautiful! Love your tea cup wreath! Always like to see you on facebook, now your blog.
    Some one on fb, had a lot of teacups, & ask me what can I do with them, in a creative way. I will have to share your wreath with her
    Blessings & hugs,
    Beverly.

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing! I am going to make one for my front door, love your blog!

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  34. Thanks so much for sharing! I am going to make one for my front door, love your blog!

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  35. Penny, Love the wreath, but I am really in love with that long china cabinet in your home. I have only seen one more like it.
    Myrna

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