I’ve seen these little teacups in magazines, and in shops and decided to create one for myself. You can either purchase a new teacup, or can often find them in thrift stores. I like to buy the ones that have a saucer with them so I can decorate it too. When I find them and they aren’t expensive I buy several for the fairy garden classes I teach. The fairy garden figures and accessories can be expensive so I have purchased mine several places including the Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby. You can also use small mismatched salt and pepper shakers, and figures you find at the thrift store. But you don’t have to limit your teacup gardens to gnomes and fairies. I have a plan to create a beach themed teacup next using a seahorse salt and pepper shaker I found at Cracker Barrel. But this is winter, and I had the perfect idea for this teacup. Being a gardener, (and a lover of gnomes), I was ready to start my teacup crafting!
What materials do you need for a teacup fairy garden?
You don’t have to have all of these, just what you need to create yours.
- Tea cup and saucer
- Figures including fairies, gnomes, animals.
- Accessories such as fences, paths, trees, flowers, rocks, colored glass rocks, gates, birdhouses, birdbaths, signs, gardening tools etc. Anything you would want in your garden.
- Artificial flowers, berries, snow, moss, small ornaments.
- Floral foam. Hobby Lobby has it in the shape of a teacup. I purchased mine at the Dollar Tree and cut it to fit.
How do you create a teacup fairy garden?
- Gather all of your supplies.
- Cut the Styrofoam so that it will fit into your cup.
- I used styrofoam glue on top of the insert. You could use white school glue if that is all you have.
- Glue your moss on top and tuck down between the foam and cup to cover.
- Next, I place my main figure, like my gnome, in place then add my accessories before I glue them down. I often change them around. Glue your main figure down first. I use glass/ceramic and hard plastic glue. Press down and allow to dry.
- Start adding your pieces with the highest piece in the back. I like to have at least 3 pieces, then start adding rocks, paths, and other extras to your cup. Scatter the snow around to make it look natural.
You can decorate the saucer with some berries, moss, ornaments, or like I did, with a mushroom. The glass/ceramic/and hard plastic glue will keep the mushroom in place. If you want to use the teacup again, you can place the accessories on the saucer.
These little teacups can be used all winter long to brighten your home. You are only limited by your imagination.
You may enjoy these other winter crafts using vintage finds.
Forcing Spring Bulbs for Winter Color I used one of my vintage coffee tins.
Rusty Bedspring Snowman Grab a rusty bedspring and add a snowman head ornament and a few buttons.
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