Super Cute Paper Mache Tea Cups

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2 Hours

Ok, these paper mache teacups may not be the most practical of things as you can't really drink hot tea from them. But they do make a lovely decoration and can be used as trinket dishes. I made them to go with the stunning decoupaged giant paper mache bowl (see here) I made for my table.

All you need is an old newspaper and a large plastic coke bottle.

To get the perfect teacup shape I used a large plastic coke bottle and cut the top off.

To stop the paper from sticking to the bottle I smeared it with a layer of vaseline.

I used small strips of newspaper and a 50/50 water/glue mixture for my paper mache.

I lined the inside of the bottle top with newspaper strips.

I used about four layers of newspaper for the paper mache.

When it was dry I removed it from the mold.

The top and bottom of the cup were trimmed with scissors.

I cut up a piece of card to fill the hole in the bottom of the cup and made a handle for the outside. Full details and more pictures on the blog (link in bio).

The teacup was then painted white.

Then I used paper napkins to decoupage the inside and out of the cups.

I love how they turned out and they do look lovely on my sideboard. I use them as handy trinket dishes.

They remind me a bit of the wonderful Marimekko Paper mache planters I made also using coke bottles. (see here).

Suggested materials:
  • Soda bottle
  • Old newspaper
  • Mod Podge
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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  • Carey Carey on Aug 30, 2021

    What a cute Idea. I think that you could skip the vaseline, decoupage the napkin intended to the inside of the cup on the outside of the plastic, paint it white after it is thoroughly dry. Then proceed to Decoupage the outside of the cup as described. If you leave the lid on the bottle, the inside is waterproof. I can see that as a lovely little gift planter! or even a small vase!

  • Ella Ella on Aug 16, 2022

    You always come up with the whimsy , love your ideas !