Right guys .. Get ready to trawl though charity and second hand shops for the perfect cup and saucer for this project 😉 I’m talking about creating a floating tea cup! I used a simple white cup and saucer that I found on our loft recently when I was having a clear out. But how AMAZING would this be with a gorgeous vintage cup?? And the variety of different things you can do with this craft are endless. I think this has turned out so sweet! It would make a lovely present for someone who is into vintage cups too.
what you need for your floating tea cup craft
A cup and saucer – I’m telling you, hit those charity shops!
A fork that is relatively easy to bend
A pair of pliers
E6000 glue or suitable alternative (Gorilla glue)
Some moss or alternative item to cover the fork
Accessories of your choice. I used some little birds from The Range for £1.25 and some flowers but the choice is completely yours! Let your imagination go wild!
How to get your cup to float
Take your pliers and bend the prong part of the fork so that it sits flat on the saucer.
Just in case you thought my hands had gone all manly on the next video .. I had to call in the help of my son!! I used a fork that wasn’t very bendy and so I needed muscles to bend the top part! That’s the bit that’s going to hold the cup.
When I tried it again for the Facebook Live, I just bent the fork over the side of our worktop instead, which did the trick for me!
I definitely suggest using a cheapish fork that is easier to bend than the one I took out of our cutlery drawer (.. shhh, don’t tell my husband 😉 !!
So now you have a fork that is bent on either side.
attaching the fork to your saucer
With some E6000 you glue the fork onto the saucer. And the cup is glued onto the top bendy part of the fork. You can check out how I did it below.
I originally used a combination of hot glue and E6000 but apparently you should not mix the two! Oopsie!! As such I would recommend using only E6000 or Gorilla glue (suitable for ceramics and metal) to glue down this project. Leave this to set. I used a toilet roll to prop up the cup and left it overnight. You can see what it should be looking like here:
You may want to try and set this back a bit onto the saucer to keep as much room as possible for your creation! I put mine a bit too far forward, but I live and learn!
decorating your floating tea cup
Leave your masterpiece to set for the recommended drying time for whatever glue you use. And that’s when the fun starts .. decorating!!
watch this project in action
By the way, if you want to see me make this one, you can check it out on a Facebook Live here.
Now, your cup could be top heavy and want to tilt over. To prevent this glue some stones to the saucer. Try and go for some flat ones as you’ll be covering them up, but you probably don’t want it piling too high.
Take some moss or other “stuff” to cover up the fork. Just hot glue this onto the fork, the saucer and in your cup. Once this is all covered you will have the “cascading effect”. Let me show you how mine turned out:
I used some roses from a flower garland (bought in one of local craft shops) and some little neon birdies from The Range to add a some colour.
I still had the little nest and eggs left over from Easter. The daisies were from Easter too but they are widely available in different craft shops – I’m pretty sure The Works have been doing these. Amazon do some here.
The little picket fence was a £1 from Poundland (They’ve got loads of cute fairy “stuff” at the moment!).
Finally I added some pearl detail from a wedding garland (The Range) I still had left. I just draped this in between the flowers to fill up some of the gaps. However, you can use more flowers, or even some old costume jewellery you may still have lying around!
There are so many different ideas of how you can decorate this. I’ve kept mine fairly simple, but check out some of the other ideas on Pinterest here.
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