Friday, November 23, 2012

Tea Cup Christmas Trees

Happy Day after Thanksgiving!  Hope you are all filled to the brim with food and joy- I know I am!  My kids spent the night with Gramma and Papa, and will spend tonight there as well.  Chris has to work today, so that means I will be putting on the holiday music, and decking the halls all by myself today.  To some that may sound rather lonely, but to a stay at home mom.... magical!

While I am decking my halls, I thought I would share a fun and simple Christmas craft I made last weekend, courtesy of my friend Kathy who pinned this idea, and then I repinned and made them the very next day!  The original source was The Feathered Nest, and I thank them kindly for the awesome idea!  There was no tutorial though, so I will tell you how I made my teacup trees.

You will need:

vintage tea cups
styrofoam blocks
cotton balls
bottle brush trees
glitter (I used mica glitter)
hot glue and glue gun
elmer's glue
paint brush
any embellishments you may want

1. Heat up your glue gun... you're gonna need it!
2. Using a knife and cutting board, cut your styrofoam so that it sits about 3/4" from the top of your teacup when placed inside.
3. Use your hot glue gun to glue your block to the cup.  Then glue the base of your tree to the top of the block.
4. Tear apart several cotton balls so they look like snow, and use hot glue to stick them into your cup.  Keep going until you have ample coverage.
5. Hot glue any embellishments you want on- I used stars, candy canes, presents, a vintage wade miniature snowman.
6. Apply Elmer's glue with a paint brush to the tree tops if desired, and to the top of your "snow".  Sprinkle glitter so that your snow and trees glisten.
7. Sit back and admire your little tea cup trees and check another one off the pinterest to do list!

Here are some better individual pictures of my trees.  Also, in case you were wondering where to get trees, I bought my green trees at Goodwill in a lucky score, but the white trees came from Joann Fabrics.
This tree features a glitter star, as well as some vintage wooden presents I pulled off an old ornament.

This tree has such a pretty cup that I kept it simple- a gold star, and some mica snow and that's it.

Again, a very pretty cup, and I wanted to keep this one simple as well.  I added a little wade miniature snowman.

And finally, I made this one a little more kid friendly with gold stars and miniature presents, and miniature candy canes (all of which came from Michael's last year).

I am pretty happy with how these turned out!  I am actually going to a "Pinterest Party" next week where you bring a project you made from a pin and do a gift exchange.... they have to be wrapped so no one knows what they are getting.  I have so many things I have pinned and made, that I have a feeling whoever gets my gift will get a tree, as well as several other items! :)

Happy Black Friday!  I hope you enjoy the day, whether you are decking your halls, crafting, sleeping, eating leftovers, shopping, singing along to Holiday tunes... just enjoy the day!


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Mel said...

They are captivating. Lovely.

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

A glue gun AND a knife? In my house, that's a recipe for disaster! (These are really cute, though.)
No decorating here until DL gets home and lugs the tree up from the basement--that sucker is HEAVY!

Julia Konya said...

That does sound magical ;) my hubby has to work too but I have the kiddos home.
The pinterest party idea is so great and I'm sure the person receiving your gift will be very happy with it.
Have fun decorating.

Erin @ His and Hers said...

Oooh enjoy your magical day alone! A Pinterest party sounds really fun.

Hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving!

Dana Frieling said...

Yours turned out so cute, Cassie. Love a little vintage Christmas.

Bliss said...

Hmmm... wonder what a little filly would look like tucked into the tea cup snow?


Kelly said...

so, so cute! I have a bunch of random tea cups....maybe they need to be Christmasized.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

So pretty and so doable!

Sophia's said...

Love these Cassie! I'm going to have to try this!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving,


Dear Emmeline said...

ok. you can stop being all crafty now. i'm feeling a bit deficient in the crafting department seeing all your little projects! ;)

Kelly said...

Ohmigosh. SO cute. You've been busy!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Really cute, and a great way to make use of those single china cups you find at thrift shops! I'm going to have to try it.

Ali Richardson said...

They turned out so so great!!!! Love u!

Sara said...

First I have to say, YES it is heavanly decorating for the big day without the littles around. Sad but true! I have been doing some of that today while my girls are at grammies! Yay!
Second the tea cups are adorable and how lucky are you to be going to a pinterest party. Never heard of one before, but what fun!?

Bella said...

They are SO cute! I love the tree with the candy canes & presentssssss! :)

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

Happy trees!! I wish I was going to that pinterest party ;) xo

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are so adorable! I think they'd look great grouped together on a little silver tray. Great use for those random cups too!

DecorandtheDog said...

These are darling. Do you have a secret source for your trees? I haven't seen them around.

Eclectically Vintage said...

These are just my cup of tea!

pam {simple details} said...

So sweet, I have a couple of my grandma's tea cups...thanks for the inspiration!

homeseasonsdecor said...

This is such a cute idea! It looks extra festive with the mica snow in the cup--like a little Christmas scene. Thanks for sharing!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

cassie, your little trees are so precious! I'm getting excited about Christmas seeing what everyone is doing.


Michelle said...

These are so cute. I absolutely adore tea cups and love what youve done with these. Very creative :)

Michelle said...

These are so cute. I absolutely adore tea cups and love what youve done with these. Very creative :)

K @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

Such a sweet project. Love it! The white trees are my favorite :)

Michaela said...

Alright, love me some tea cups and some cute christmas decor. There couldn't be a better way to blend the two! So fab, Cassie :)