Create this beautiful upcycled water bottle using things you already have around the house. This is a stunning craft that is sure to be a conversation starter because no one will believe it only took a few minutes to make and is made from a plastic water bottle. It's ideal for kids' playtime and is sure to be a favorite DIY gift you can make for the kids.
Upcycled Water Bottle Teacup
Crafting beautiful pieces of art for your house doesn't have to be hard or expensive. This decorative upcycled water bottle teacup is absolutely gorgeous and so easy to make. Using a plastic water bottle and scrap pieces of materials, you can create this gorgeous teacup in under half an hour. You can fill it with fake flower tops, decorative soaps, or any other pretty pieces you have available to sit on a shelf as decor.
It's ideal for making as a gift for kids to have a pretend tea party with. I love the idea of making a whole set of these cups and gifting them to a little one. Since they are practically free, you won't have to worry about them breaking them like a real cup.
If you have real cups that have broken or don't have mates, you might like these ideas for turning teacups into fun new decor. So many unique ways to make them something fresh and new!
Can I Drink From This Teacup?
Technically, yes you can drink from the water bottle teacup, since it is is made from plastic and will hold liquid. However, this is more of a decorative craft than one that you would use to drink from.
I like to fill the teacup with artificial flower tops, soaps, potpourri, or other little decorations to make it look pretty. It makes a lovely centerpiece or place holder on a bookcase. You could also use it as a pencil holder on your desk, or to hold office supplies.
Of course, the obvious choice is using for kids to have to pretend tea parties, but it's not just for the little ones. You can turn this into a real home decor piece with just a few simple changes to the base.
What Should I Make the Teacup Base From?
I am using crafting foam because it is easy to work with and inexpensive. You can use anything that is flat. Some things that work are felt, fabric, craft paper, plastic, cardboard, or even foam.
Whatever you choose to make the base with, you'll want to cover or paint it to match the colors of your accents on the cup. In this case, I found that using pink craft foam paper was the easiest and most affordable.
How Do I Make The Teacup Handle?
There are a few ways that you can make the plastic handle of the teacup. I am using a piece of foam paper that has been rolled and glued into place. It was scrap foam already on hand and super easy to use for this project.
Another great option is to use plastic from another bottle, then paint it and curl it into place. A hot glue gun or E6000 craft glue works well to hold it into place. If using plastic, you may need to soften it a bit with a heat gun, lighter, or candle to make it more pliable to change to the shape you want for your handle. Once the plastic is heated, you can bend it into shape.
How Do I Get Rid of Sharp Edges on The Cut Plastic?
There are a few ways to get rid of the sharp edges on the water bottle teacup. First, you can use a lighter and go around the edge of the plastic. This will fuse the plastic together and make the edges less sharp. You can also use a heat gun on low heat and go around the edge of the plastic.
Another way is to use sandpaper and sand down the edges until they are not sharp anymore. It's fast, easy, and something you probably have on hand already.
If you find that no matter what you do, the edges are still too sharp for your liking, you can take a ribbon and fold it over the edges. This puts the decoration on each side of the plastic but it also makes sure there are no sharp edges showing that someone could scratch themselves when picking up the cup or pretending to drink from it.
- Empty plastic bottle
- Pink foam paper
- Beaded ribbon
- Miniature fake roses
- Craft knife
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
How to Make a Water Bottle Teacup
Start by removing labels and cleaning your bottles, then cut the top ¼ lid end of the bottle off, just where it begins to curve toward the lid. Discard the base and then cut the lid off and trim to flatten the base.
Trim around the edge where you cut to make it flat and even on both ends.
Now, use the bottle end to create the larger end circle on a piece of light pink foam.
Go around this circle, and draw petal shapes all around making it look more like a flower. Then, cut this out and set it aside.
On the same pink foam paper, measure and cut out two ¼" wide strips of the foam that are around 8" long.
Then, on one of these, roll it against itself into a spiral on one end, just ½" wide. Glue this into place and hold to seal. Then repeat on the other end folding in an opposite direction. This creates your handle.
Now, glue the smaller, lid end, of the bottle onto the middle of the pink foam flower you cut out earlier. This makes the base of your teacup.
Next, glue one of the spiral ends you made to the bottom edge of the teacup.
Then, glue the rest of the foam strip around the top edge of the cup.
Glue the other end of the spiraled handle to the edge of the top of the bottle.
Now, glue the beaded ribbon over the top of the cup edge on top of the pink foam piece. Now, glue a few fake flowers around the base of the teacup.
Use the teacup to hold potpourri, flowers, or just as a fun way to play tea party with the kids!
More Easy Craft Ideas
If you want to use more of your empty water bottles from the recycling bin, we have some more great ideas to check out. Below are a few of our personal favorites that really are super cute and easy to make. Make sure that you bookmark these ideas, print out the tutorials, or just pin them to Pinterest to make soon!
- Repurposed Plastic Bottle Bird Nest
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- Cute Upcycled Plastic Bottle Doll Craft
- DIY Plastic Bottle Jet Pack Rocket
Beautiful Upcycled Water Bottle Teacup
Turn that trash into this gorgeous water bottle teacup! A perfect idea for kids' tea time parties! Fun and easy recycling craft!
- Empty plastic bottle
- Pink foam paper
- Beaded ribbon
- Miniature fake roses
- Cut the top ¼ of a plastic bottle off, just from where it begins to curve toward the top. Discard the base.
- Then, cut off the lid and just at the base of the neck to create a flat bottom.
- Trim around the widest, top edge, until it is even and smooth.
- Now, draw a circle on the pink foam paper about ½" wider on all sides, then the widest point of the bottle piece you just cut.
- Then, draw petals all around the edge of this circle.
- Now, cut out this pink petal circle.
- Next, measure and cut a ¼" wide strip of this same pink foam paper that is 8" long.
- On one end, roll it tightly against itself to create a spiral of foam paper, and glue this together. Hold until sealed.
- Do the same on the other end of the strip of foam, but fold and roll in the opposite direction so you have rounds on each end that are pointed in different directions.
- Now, cut one additional strip of the pink foam paper that is around ¼" wide and 6" to 6" long.
- On the bottom, smaller edge of the bottle, add glue, then press onto the center of the pink foam flower to create the teacup base and cup.
- Now, glue one end of the piece you made with spirals on each end, to the base of the teacup.
- Then, glue a strip of foam paper around the top edge of the cup.
- Next, glue the other end of that spiraled piece to the top, at a curve, to create the teacup handle.
- Then, glue the beaded ribbon over the top of the cup over the pink foam piece.
- Lastly, glue the fake flowers around the base of the cup covering where it is glued to the foam flower base. I alternated colors.
Use different colors of foam to make a unique colorful set of teacups.
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