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When hosting a tea party, it is important to decorate with a theme. I'm going to show you how to make teacups and elegant hats using plastic eggs. When my granddaughter, Madi, was a little girl, we planned and had a tea party where we invited all her aunts. When one aunt asked Madi what she would like her bridal shower theme to be, she requested a tea party bridal shower.
These teacups and elegant hats were used in the centerpieces for her shower. Imagine using tea-party themed picks to decorate for a birthday party or a baby shower!
What You'll Need
Plastic Easter eggs:
- Chenille stems or Floral Wire
- Craft Paints
- Artist Brushes
- Glue Gun
Elegant hats also need:
- Shape-Edged Scissors
- 1/8" Wide Ribbon
- Tiny Flowers
- Cardboard. 3 1/2" diameter circle with a 1" diameter center circle
Teacups also need:
- 3/4" Buttons
How to Make an Elegant Hat
What makes a hat elegant? How about a wide brim, ribbons, flowers, and beads? I'll bet you won't be able to stop at making just one hat using plastic Easter eggs.
1. Cut the Hat Brim
Make a cardboard pattern:
- Draw a 3 1/2 " diameter circle with a 1" diameter circle in the center.
- Cut the pattern with regular scissors and cut out the center circle.
- Using your pattern, lightly trace the circle on your chosen hat brim paper. Trace the hole in the center also.
- Use shape-edged scissors to cut out the outside circle. Use regular scissors to cut the center hole.
You can make a cut from the outside of the brim to the center to cut out the center. When you glue the egg half to the brim, the cut edge will match up. Make sure you use the slit end as the back of the hat. Glue one half of a plastic egg to the center of the brim.
2. Decorate the Hat
Now the fun begins! Use beads, tiny flowers, sequins, feathers, paints, and ribbons to decorate your hat. Make it look really elegant.
3. Make a Pick Stem
Use a chenille stem or floral wire to make a pick stem. Roll one end of the wire into a spiral shape for ease in attaching the stem to the inside of the hat. Bend the end of the spiral as shown above.
4. Glue the Stem Inside the Hat
Glue the stem to the inside of the hat, towards the back. When the glue is set, you can re-bend the stem if needed.
Ask any girl, big or little, if she would like to go to a tea party, and I'll bet the answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Birthdays, baby showers, and bridal showers are just a couple of occasions to have a tea party. You can also plan a simple "girl's day" to have a party as well.
How to Make Teacup Picks
These teacup picks are so easy and fun to make that you'll want to get a group of gals together to make them. You'll be amazed at the many unique ideas you can create.
1. Glue a Button to the Bottom
Glue a button to the rounded end of a half plastic egg to make the cup set. Don't be concerned if your teacup doesn't stand completely straight. It gives the cups character!
2. Add a Handle to the Teacup
Use about a 1 3/4" length of string beads to form a handle on the teacup. Glue the beads to the top side of the teacup, and then form a handle. Glue it at the bottom.
3. Decorate the Teacups
More fun! Use beads, tiny buttons, and paints to decorate your teacups. Form a pick stem in the same way you did for the elegant hats and glue it to the bottom of the cups.
How to Make Egg Carton Teacups
© 2014 Loraine Brummer
Would you plan a tea party themed party? - or leave a comment.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on April 12, 2015:
We made the teacups and hats for my granddaughter's bridal shower, the theme was a tea party theme. It was so much fun making the cups and hats and Madi absolutely loved them all. They would have been perfect used as you suggested, place cards and hostess gifts also. Thanks for your suggestions.
MrsPotts on April 10, 2015:
Terrific idea for centerpieces, placecards or as hostess gifts!
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 14, 2014:
Lorelei, so glad you like the teatime theme crafts. Little girls, and big girls, love tea parties.
Lorelei Cohen on October 13, 2014:
Oh but this tea time craft project is absolutely adorable and so very easy to create as well. Delightful is the only word I can think to describe this.
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 13, 2014:
Thanks, Rhonda, ologsinquito and Brite-Ideas for your nice comments about the plastic egg cups and hats. The tea party bridal shower was a huge hit with the bride-to-be, Madi, and her guests. We had a great time making the tea cups and hats for the shower. I think the theme would be a lot of fun for a girls birthday or graduation also.
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on October 13, 2014:
This is the cutest craft project I have seen in some time. Really, adorable and so simple. This would be so cool for parties, groups, classes. And, what a great way to upcycle all those left over plastic eggs. Awesome!
ologsinquito from USA on October 13, 2014:
These are so cute. When my daughter was young, she loved doing crafts. Unfortunately, I don't have a crafty bone in my body.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on April 26, 2014:
what a great idea for a themed bridal shower, in fact if I had to do it over, this is one theme I would love to choose myself