Floating Tea Cups

All that is needed is China tea cup and saucer, a fork, glue and variety of small silky flowers, little bit of bling like little coloured gems or pearls
Bend fork, and stick pronged end of fork tm saucer, then stick other end of fork to inside of cup. You need to make sure you bend your fork to balance the weight of the cup. Let glue dry.
Start to arrange and stick flowers amd gems to cover fork so it looks like flowers are cascading from cup. Ta da !
You can use a strong glue stick and gun or I have used Gorilla glue which seems more stronger to hold fork to cup
With easter coming you could add spring flowers amd painted eggs for am easter theme

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  • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Jun 22, 2016
    I find that my tea cups are top heavy so what should one use to weidght down on the saucer to stop it tipping back?
    • Karen Caton Karen Caton on Jul 14, 2016
      Hi you can use coins or even pebbles on your saucer to weigh down your cup. Try gluing your forks towards rim of cup. It is trial amd error to bend and balance your cup over saucer
    • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Jul 14, 2016
      Thanks Karen, I saw a clip where someone had used a small amount of rice in a bag so I did that and it worked really well, my tea cup is now finished and looks great.
    • Karen Caton Karen Caton on Jul 15, 2016
      Oh good, have you posted a pic ? I haven't done any for a while, think I will have another go at making them. Good luck with your future crafts
    • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Jul 15, 2016
      Hi Karen, I have posted a pic of the floating tea/cup I made
    • Karen Caton Karen Caton on Jul 22, 2016
      It's brilliant. Love the colours. Well done. Practice makes perfect x
    • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Jul 22, 2016
      thanks Karen, I will make another one soon.
    • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Aug 15, 2016
      I have made another Floating/tea cup and here is the pic of a completed one, for my sister's Birthday
    • Clematis Clematis on Dec 30, 2016
      I'd glue saucer to a flatish stone then trail flowers over saucer edge.
    • Sharon Mitchell Sharon Mitchell on Mar 02, 2017
      To weigh down my saucer down I used a 2 Inch glass round teeny candle holder ( about a half inch high ) . I bought a package of them awhile ago and never used them. I only used one for my saucer ( pretty heavy little thing) and placed it in front on the tines. Perfect counter weight. Oh I bought the holders at the dollar store.
    • Sharon Mitchell Sharon Mitchell on Mar 02, 2017
      I love making these, my first try . You all gave me better ideas. Thanks
    • Lynne Faulkner Lynne Faulkner on Mar 03, 2017
      its beautiful well done for a first go.
  • Constania Constania on Jan 21, 2017
    How do you bend the fork?
    • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Jan 22, 2017
      Just a bit of slow pressure and it'll bend.
    • Karen Caton Karen Caton on Jan 22, 2017
      I use a thin cheap fork but a strong one. and as Shawna states just bend backwards gently. it's trial and error with these cups I find. also you can also use any type of bendable metal. it does not have to be a fork. good luck
    • Sharon Mitchell Sharon Mitchell on Mar 02, 2017
      I put the fork in the position I wanted it in the saucer, bent it . I then positioned where I wanted the cup to be attached to the fork , bent it there. Then I glued the top of spoon to cup and fork tines to saucer. It worked great first time. I bent the fork with my husbands vice as these dollar store forks were surprisingly hard to hand bend lol.
    • Donna Morris Donna Morris on May 25, 2017
      • Easiest way is to put it into a vice then bend it the way you want using a pliers.
    • Ria Cheripuram Ria Cheripuram on Jun 29, 2018

      An easy way to bend the spoon/fork is to keep one tip of it at the door gap. Then gently close the door while holding the other tip and bending it in a 90 degree direction

      I have a written post on making a floating tea cup which you can find here:

      https://www.craftsbyria.com/how-to-make-a-floating-tea-cup/


  • Sandra Jones Flint Sandra Jones Flint on Feb 25, 2017
    Please where do you glue the small bag of rice...thanks
    • Lynda Yilmaz Lynda Yilmaz on Apr 20, 2017
      I haven't tried this myself, so I'm guessing, but I imagine it should be glued to the saucer to add extra weight to counter balance the cup.
    • Donna Morris Donna Morris on May 25, 2017
      I don't see any rice used in this project.. Are you confusing it with another craft idea?
  • Joanne Joanne on Apr 21, 2017
    Please tell me how you stop the dish from tipping backwards after the cup is added to top of fork? Yea tipping?
    • Demetra Philippou Demetra Philippou on Apr 26, 2017
      the dish must be heavier than the cup and wider so it can balance
    • Diana Gutierrez Diana Gutierrez on May 17, 2017
      We glued marbles to the inside of the saucer to keep it from tipping over and then covered the marbles with flowers.
    • Donna Morris Donna Morris on May 25, 2017
      • In the project it mentions bending your fork to avoid your cup from tipping-So try bending your fork so the cup is more closely centered over your saucer. 💗
      • Gluing large metal washers to the bottom would work great - but they are kinda pricey. Try looking for them at garage sales or see if someone has them lying around unused to donate.
    • Sandy Lozano Galvan Sandy Lozano Galvan on Jul 11, 2017
      I used stones toward the center end of the saucer that will do the trick or use
    • Rcc26251054 Rcc26251054 on Sep 24, 2017
      Used a fishing weight toward the front of the saucer, covered with flowers of course.
    • Sylvia Sylvia on Feb 18, 2018
      I have a problem getting my fork to glue to the cup... I have used e6000 also hot glue , gorella hot glue, have used them both together... and I have also sanded the inside of the cup and the fork... and it still wont stick... anyone have any other suggestions ... Please help I have just gone out and paid a small fortune for cups and saucers lol

    • Msc7972695 Msc7972695 on Mar 20, 2018

      can't say I had any issue at all. I used E6000. It took several hours but worked great!

    • Ria Cheripuram Ria Cheripuram on Jun 29, 2018

      The saucer should be wide enough to hold the weight of the cup. Also, try to stick the fork towards the centre of the saucer. I have written a post on making a floating tea cup with video and step by step pictures.

      https://www.craftsbyria.com/how-to-make-a-floating-tea-cup/

      Hope that helps!

  • Doo15366062 Doo15366062 on May 26, 2017
    What glue holds the flowers in place and will not lose its stick. Hot clue dont work for ones I make for outside.
  • Doris Doris on Jun 16, 2017
    My glues won't hold. Help! I used hot glue gun, gorilla glue, crazy glue, silicone, and they keep coming apart. Thanks for your help
    Doris
    • Mes20765735 Mes20765735 on Jul 31, 2017
      Hi Doris I like to use E 6000 with hot glue and let it sit for 24 hrs. Has a slight odor but really good. can get it at Wal-Mart.
      Hope this helps....

    • Nancy Hargrove Kozlowski Nancy Hargrove Kozlowski on Jan 22, 2018
      Do you hot glue first, then add the e6000 over it? If I use any e6000 it doesn't stay
  • Mar33647295 Mar33647295 on Aug 13, 2018

    Do you cover the fork or what ever you use on the back side. I just made one with roses. It doesn't look like it's pouring.

  • Jane C Johnson Jane C Johnson on Sep 01, 2018

    I have tried every kind of glue there is in order to make this project! Does this only work if the cups are china?


    • Sofia Applegate Sofia Applegate on Jan 01, 2019

      I use E6000 and Gorilla Glue

    • Kathy Neal Kuhar Kathy Neal Kuhar on Apr 18, 2019

      I use sandpaper first to remove the glaze on the cup and plate. This really helps the glue hold.


      I've found that hot glue seems to separate especially if you store the finished project in an attic. I am now using E6000 or Gorilla glue.

  • Lou34441428 Lou34441428 on Nov 28, 2018

    I have done this using E6000 glue, but you almost have to have a clamp to hold it together until the glue dries. Does anyone have a better idea especially about a type of clamp? I used a strong clothpin but it kept slipping. It is easier if the side of the cup is not curved too much. I used greenfloral tape to cover the fork and then covered it with small flowers or a string of pearls.

    • Deborah C. Deborah C. on Dec 25, 2018

      Use the 6000 glue and a hot glue gun. The hot glue will bond instantly and when the 6000 dried it will give the permanence.




    • Yolanda Tinkham Dailey Yolanda Tinkham Dailey on Mar 30, 2019

      Have you tried Gorilla glue epoxy? That's what I use when needing to adhere glass pieces together.

  • L.J. L.J. on Apr 29, 2019

    How do you balance it?


  • Kathy Kathy on May 29, 2019

    I have use gorilla glue it takes a long time to dry

  • Cherry Cherry on Jul 21, 2019

    How do you equal the wait of the cup so that it doesn’t fall over

  • Roberta Lynn Spence Roberta Lynn Spence on Oct 17, 2019

    What glue seems to work best to secure metal fork to saucer? Anyone ?

    • Judy Judy on Dec 08, 2019

      Iam doing this tomorrow for my craft class. I used E-6000 glue and started tonight. We are just doing the cup tipped onto the saucer until I have time to play with the fork idea. It takes so long to dry so this will be a 2-3 day project. We are doing Christmas!

  • Suzanne Suzanne on Jan 23, 2020

    Has anyone tried 5 minute 2 part epoxy?

  • Christal Phillips Christal Phillips on Jan 05, 2021

    Im making the floating teacup. Ive used gorilla glue and also E6000. Neither will hold the fork. Any ideas?

  • Michele Michele on Feb 18, 2021

    How do they do it in the DIY videos It holds instantly!!!! Does anyone know the answer to the glue dilemma

  • Michele Michele on Mar 01, 2021

    I just tried the DIY tea cup. I got the whole thing together( I did the waterfall coming out of the cup.) It looked so cute then CRASH top heavy it tipped backwards n came apart ...very upset. Do you think it will help glueing in more of a straight up position instead of at an angle would help.I appreciate an input . Thank you

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  • Christal Phillips Christal Phillips on Jan 05, 2021

    Ive tried E6000 and gorilla. Neither holds.

  • Gayle Stevenot Gayle Stevenot on Mar 14, 2021

    Balancing the teacup I could not do. I used a roll of dimes to balance and glued another bigger saucer to it. The saucer does not have to match but needs to be heavy. You can cover the second plate or saucer with paper doily .

    So please give a more detailed explanation of how to balance that cup! The glue gun did not work to keep fork in place. I will try Gorilla glue.

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