How to make your own teacup chandelier

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How to make your own teacup chandelier
Turn old teacups into a beautiful chandelier. (Getty Creative)

A teacup chandelier is a lighting fixture made from a tea pat and teacups. If you were to purchase one at a store, you could expect to pay hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. But with a few supplies and some creativity, you can learn to make this unique lighting fixture yourself. Follow these steps.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Teapot with lid, tea cups and saucers
  • Chandelier cluster body
  • Screw collar loop and ring
  • Chain
  • Power drill
  • Ceramic drill bit
  • Hole saw bit
  • Adhesive caulk
  • Multi-strand electrical wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire stripper
  • Wire nuts
  • Chandelier arms
  • Candelabra sockets
  • Candle covers
  • Candelabra bulbs
  • Candelabra light shades (optional)
  • Chandelier hanging kit

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Decide on how many lights you wish to have on your teacup chandelier and gather enough teacups and saucers for each light. Be sure that you have enough chandelier arms and the chandelier cluster body has enough holes for your desired number of lights.

  2. 2

    Using the ceramic drill bit, drill a hole through the centre of the lid of the teapot as well as the centre of the bottom of the teapot. Be sure that the drill bit you use makes a hole large enough to pass electrical wire through.

  3. 3

    Again using the ceramic drill bit, drill a hole through the centres of each of the teacups and saucers. Use this hole as an anchor for the hole bit and drill the larger holes through each of the teacups and saucers.

  4. 4

    Attach the teacups to the saucers using the adhesive caulk, making sure to line the holes up perfectly.

  5. 5

    Turn off the electricity in your home. Begin wiring your teacup chandelier at your ceiling's outlet.

  6. 6

    Run a multi-stand electrical wire through the teapot lid, bottom of the teapot and through the chandelier cluster body. Run the wire units through the chandelier arms, the saucers, the teacups and the candelabra base sockets.

  7. 7

    Using the adhesive caulk, attach the chandelier cluster body to the teapot and the teapot lid to the teapot. Screw the chandelier arms into the chandelier cluster body. Feed the other end of the chandelier arms through the bottom of the teacups and saucers.

  8. 8

    Attach the candelabra base sockets inside the teacups and cover with the candle covers. Screw bulbs into the sockets and attach light shades. Turn the electricity back on.

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