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Gorgeous DIY Upcycled Teacup Lights

by Tiffany in Crafts

The following is a guest post from Nikki at Green Moxie. She is sharing with us a DIY, upcycle project that is worthy of a million Pinterest pins. I adore the finished product and no doubt I will be looking for lovely teacups and saucers at estate sales and flea markets for making of my own teacups lights. Enjoy!!

 teacup lights

I grew up in a tea-drinking family and I have always loved the delicacy of teacups. If you have some you particularly like, turn them into these gorgeous teacup lights. It’s not as difficult as you may think and it should only take you about an hour to create these cute little lamps which are just my cup of tea. They also make really great gifts.

What you need

• Cup and saucer
• Pencil
• 1/2-inch diamond hole saw drill bit Upcycling ideas teacup lamp
• Drill
• Chandelier light fitting
• 1/2-inch steel threaded lamp nipple with matching nut
• Wire
• Plug
• Screw driver
• Wire cutters
• Gloves and safety glasses

Turn your cup and saucer over and mark the center with a pencil. Put on the gloves and safety glasses before using the drill. Pour a little water over the bottom of the cup and place the drill bit on your pencil mark at a 45 degree angle. Slowly start to drill into the bottom. Drill slowly and don’t apply too much pressure until you have a hole in the bottom of your cup. Now do the same with the saucer.

This is the kind of 1/2-inch diamond hole saw drill bit I use:

drill  bit

Put the cup and saucer together and slide the steel threaded lamp nipple through them. Use the wire cutters to cut a length of wire and feed it through the steel threaded lamp nipple. Split the wire and strip 1/2 inch of plastic coating off the ends of the wire that are on the inside of the cup. Use the screw driver to loosen the screws on both sides of the chandelier fitting. Wind one wire around each screw and tighten. You can put either wire on either screw. Try to find a light socket that will accept the same thread size and pitch as the threaded lamp nipple, and screw the lamp socket on to one end, the end inside the tea cup.

This is the kind of steel threaded lamp nipple I use:


This is the kind of chandelier fitting I use:


Pass the nut over the other end of the wire and screw it down onto the exposed threaded pipe at the bottom of the saucer. Tighten until the whole lamp fitting is secured. Strip 1/2 inch of rubber shielding off the two loose ends of the wire. Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws on the plug and open it up. Loosen the screws inside the plug. Wrap one wire (either one) around each screw and then tighten. Put the plastic cover back on the plug and tighten the screws.

Screw a bulb into the chandelier light fixture, plug in your light and voila! Great idea!

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  • This is so cute and your tutorial makes it look so easy, Thank you!

  • Dawn Wells

    Wow, these look great! I’m not a very craft person but maybe I could even do this DIY. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    What a great idea! My mom came across so tea sets from her grandmother that she didn’t know what to do with! This would be a great idea1

  • Crystal

    Oh that is so cute! I would love to put a light fixture like that above the table in my daughter’s room where she has tea parties.

  • This is a cute idea, thank you for sharing.

  • Danielle K

    Oh my gosh this is awesome! I love tea cups and think this would be so awesome to have in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Random Person

    There is a blog with advices for parents and its written by the professionals…. KIDS P.S I’m from Greece so i’m so good at grammar and i’m not saying stupid stuff its serious stuff and it will definetly help you!