How to Make Your Own Tea Cup Chandelier

Updated July 19, 2017

Popular in shabby chic motifs and little girls' bedrooms, teacup chandeliers can be made cheaply at home. A simple white or silver chandelier can be dismantled and customised with matching (or mismatching) cup-and-saucer sets and reassembled to hang with character. A drill with the proper bit is the only tool necessary for this relatively easy but somewhat time-consuming project.

Remove the wiring from your chandelier and spray paint it, if you desire a different colour body. Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside, and place the chandelier on newspaper or another drop-cloth surface with plenty of room to catch scattering paint. Replace the wiring.

Drill a hole in the centre of the bottom of the teacup and the centre of the bottom of the saucer. It helps to have extras in case the drilling causes one or more of them to break.

Unscrew and remove the part of the chandelier arm with the light bulb. Slide the saucer (upside down if you want the print to show) and cup down onto the arm. Replace the sleeve and light bulb assembly on top of the cup and saucer, using washers to hold everything in place. For extra fastening, use a clear silicone adhesive.

If you're using self-adhesive lamp shades or planning to cover them with fabric, decorate them now. Screw the light bulbs into place and attach the lamp shades. Have a professional verify the wiring and install it in the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Chandelier
  • Cups and saucers (one for each arm of the chandelier)
  • Washers
  • Mini lampshades
  • Drill
  • Ceramic drill bit
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