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Au contraire, I am the apparent heir to all family teacups - a collection of random and mismatched beauties with unfulfilled promise.
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Sure, I could line them all up in stacked rows, each a bit askew and call it art, or make a lovely, tidy screen to block a less than perfect view.
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But, I have to say that lighting is my absolute favorite upcycled use for vintage teacups. I am in love with the cups and saucers that are affixed to the wood shelf above, serving as warm and welcoming accent lighting.
With easy-to-use lamp wiring kits, anyone can turn teacups and saucers into pendants for task lighting or even chandeliers for unforgettable, general ambient light sources.
|Image above via Rebekah Podgorski.|
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The really creative among us may want to try their hand with more advanced projects like those shown below. Stacked teacups make one-of-a-kind candelabras (via Marie Claire) and floor lamps like those featured on the Calamity Kim blog (right).
I can see that tools and finesse are both required to manufacture table lamps, too.
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Click here for Thrift Town's quick tutorial on making teacup candles.
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I haven't counted the random teacups in my possession, but let's just say that it's time to downsize or put these to a new use!