Turn your long-ignored teacup and saucer into a lamp that steeps with charm

A teacup and saucer set might conjure up images of a bag of Earl Grey or an extended pinky, but this utterly sweet DIY calls for your teacup and saucer to be used as a charming decorative element. Most of us have teacups and saucers in countless pretty patterns and colors that we’ve either inherited or picked up from thrift shops.
Choose a set that appeals to you the most and accents your décor well. With the addition of a generous constellation of fairy lights and an adorable little coordinating satin bow, you’ll opt to put your tea in a mug and display this lamp prominently. The luminous teacup will brighten your space and your mood every time you turn it on.
- Teacup and saucer
- Tube of E6000 glue
- Three strings of battery-operated fairy lights
- Small satin bow
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
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1. Line the circular bottom rim of the teacup with the E6000 glue.
2. Place the teacup in the saucer indentation that it’s designed to fit into.
3. Hold it in place for a few seconds so the bond is complete.
4. Unravel the fairy lights, and turn them on and off to make sure they work.
5. Wrap the string lights around several of your fingers, and push the small hardware piece through the loop you’ve made. The lights will all fan out a bit.
6. Place them inside the teacup.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 using the other two strings of lights.
8. Apply a few drops of hot glue to the knot on the backside of the small bow.
9. Affix the bow to the front of the teacup.
10. Adorn your coffee table, nightstand or a bookshelf with this smile-inducing accent!