If you’re wondering what to do with your old china, then we’ve got ideas by the cupful, from beautiful bird feeders and tassel-free tiebacks to pretty planters and spectacular string lights. And with #NationalTeaDay just around the corner, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our favourite day. Whether you love crafting or gifting, or are looking for Instagram-worthy interiors, we’ve come up with some wonderful ways to transform your old teacups into brand-new treasures.

Teatime in the Garden

Let the birds know it’s time for tea with the sweetest bird feeder we’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for cup and saucer craft ideas, then this is a good place to start. Take half an overturned teacup and glue it onto a saucer. Add some strong string to the handle and simply hang it from a branch. Garden dressing at its best. Pull up a chair, sit back with a cup of tea and let nature come to you.

String it Up

Bring a touch of vintage elegance to your home with decorative teacup string lights. Express your unique sense of style with an eclectic selection of your favourite Spode pieces and attach them to a wall or a pipe. Whether you want it bold and white or clashing and colourful, our mantra is always mix and don’t match. When it comes to pattern, more is more. Do it your way and dare to be different.

Fill Your Cup

A clever way to use up old candle stubs and china, teacup candles make the most fabulous gifts and the perfect centrepiece for any table. Simple to assemble, all you need is hot wax and a wick. Add essential oils or dyes to create colours and scents that you love, and which cleverly complement your cups.  We’re currently obsessed with pastel pink candles in our Morris & Co. Willow Bough & Blackthorn Mugs. Or go green with a set of Willow Pimpernel & Forest Hare and bring a heritage look to your home.

Teacup Tiebacks

When it comes to teacup decorations, this has to be the most ingenious idea we’ve seen so far. Create some serious curtain envy with a pair of tasteful teacup tiebacks - perfect for your Pinterest board, and for repurposing old cups. All you need to do is drill a hole through the bottom of your teacup, slip your curtains through and pop the handle on the wall hook. What could be easier? Pair your china with your curtains or create a bolder look with mismatched patterns.

Afternoon Tea Art

Celebrate #NationalTeaDay in style with afternoon tea by creating a homemade cupcake stand that will wow the crowds. Go classic with Blue Italian or mix it up with contrasting styles and colours – our Black Italian range works well too. Bring some modern heritage to your afternoon tea setting and don’t forget to add bite-sized treats!

Pour Your Pearls

For more cup and saucer decoration ideas, head into the bedroom and get creative with your jewels. Keep your trinkets tangle-free and add a touch of heritage chic with a vintage teacup and saucer jewellery organiser. Hang necklaces or the hooks of earrings over the edge of the cup and arrange larger pieces such as bracelets and brooches inside the cup or on the saucer. Tap into the trend for grey with our much-loved Pure Morris Strawberry Thief cup and saucer set in a subtle shade. A simple yet stylish way to store your gems.

Go Green

Make the prettiest planters by upcycling your teacups and saucers. Glue a cup to a saucer (and remember, it doesn’t need to match), fill with soil and make a mini garden. Or why not plant individual herbs in cups and keep them outside or sit them in a sunny spot on your kitchen windowsill. And if you don’t like mess, then fake it with small stones, silk flowers or an on-trend faux catcus. This also works well as a teapot craft idea. We’re always looking for ways to bring nature into the home and this inspired idea ticks all our green-fingered boxes.
Get creative with your cups and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #Spode