5 ways to use teacups

For a long while now I've been an admirer of vintage teacups. We've always had so many dotted around the home and they have inspired me to do a little post on five ways you can use teacups - other than for drinking tea! I have also linked to a couple of great teacup DIY posts below if you fancy having a go at making your own teacup accessories for the home.

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1. To display jewellery
Pretty patterned teacups filled with your favourite jewellery will make the perfect addition to your dressing table and they will look so much more unique than the jewellery holders everyone else uses. I used to use teacups to display my handmade jewellery at craft fairs and they always went down a treat!

2. As candle holders
Love teacups and scented candles? Why not put them together to make something utterly beautiful for the home. Here's a great tutorial on how to make your own teacup candles.

3. For plants and flowers
If you're looking for the perfect vintage / shabby chic vase or plant pot for your home, why not use a cute patterned tea cup instead? They are the ideal size for little plants like mini cacti. If you have flowers growing in your garden and the wind knocks the heads off a few, pick them up and pop them in a teacup with a little water and they will give you another two to three days of enjoyment.

4. For bird food
If you love feeding the birds in your garden, but don't want to spend money on a bird table, you can make your own feeding area out of teacups. Simply hang vintage-style teacups and sauces filled with birdseed from the trees. The birds will love it and it'll add a whimsical feel to your garden.

5. As lampshades
Add a cute and quirky touch to your shabby chic room by turning teacups into mini lampshades. You can find out how to do it here.

Have you got any other ideas for how to use teacups around the home?
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