How to Use Tea Cups to Decorate a Home

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If you have old tea cups hiding in your cabinets, here are some simple ideas to bring them to the forefront of your décor. It does not matter if there is a matched cup and saucer. Complimentary patterns look quaint when put together. Use your tea cups for more than afternoon tea. These charming and creative suggestions will have you decorating and organizing your home with those pretty tea cups that you've had stored away.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea cups, with matching or mismatched saucers
  • Tea light candles
  • 1 cup scoop of potpourri
  • Potting soil (1/2 to 1 cup per tea cup)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup small pebbles
  • Flower or herb seeds or young plants (African Violets, Baby Tears, or Ivy work well)
  • Collection (1 cup) of shells or buttons
  • Thin ribbon (8 to 10 inches in length and 1/4 to 1 inch in width)
  • Small silver spoon
  • For a creative and dainty candle holder, place a tea light or small votive candle inside a tea cup. Trim the wick and light to bring instant ambiance to any room. Add one to the bathroom, dining room, living room, or master and guest bedrooms.

  • Place a 1 cup scoop of your favorite scented potpourri into a tea cup to freshen a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.

  • Turn a kitchen or garden-style (bay) window into a miniature flower or herb garden using three or four mismatched tea cups and saucers. Simply add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of small pebbles to the bottom of the tea cup. These will provide your plants with needed drainage. Then add about ½ to 1 cup of potting soil on top of the pebbles. Place 3 to 4 seeds or 1 young plant, such as an African Violet, Baby Tears, Ivy or any kitchen herb, into the soil. Water lightly and place in a windowsill receiving filtered sunlight.

  • Display a collection of shells or buttons in a tea cup.

  • Tie an 8 to 10 inch piece of thin (1/4 to 1 inch width) ribbon to the tea cup's handle and make a bow. For added interest, tie a small silver spoon to the ribbon as well, or simply rest the spoon on the saucer.

  • Use a pretty patterned tea cup on your dresser to collect loose change or earrings.

  • Place an elegant tea cup (or two) on a desk to hold paper clips, tacks or stamps in style.

  • Use a fancy tea cup in a bathroom to display small decorative soaps, cotton balls or bath beads.

Tips & Warnings

  • Follow packing directions for the ideal planting depth of seeds or plants.
  • Try scented tea lights or votive candles in your tea cup candle holders.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
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