My family doesn't understand it. My friends definitely wouldn't understand it. My boyfriend thinks it's cute. He humors me by buying tiny tea sets at yard sales.
But bottom line, no matter who gets it, I have a thing for teacups, especially miniature ones.
The problem? I don't drink tea, and had no idea what to do with all the mismatched cups and saucers I had collected. UNTIL I FOUND THIS: Elevenses Candles.
So I did it. Using cups and saucers from my collection (and Goodwill) and two teapots I found at a tag sale, I created my version (of her version) of Anthropologie's "One Lump or Two Lamp" for dirt cheap, no wiring needed.
Body: Assorted teacups and teapots
Tops: Candles, glass teacups, juice glasses, etc.
Fine to Extra Fine Sandpaper
Gloss coating if desired (Mod Podge Sealer)
First, I sanded the teapots to eliminate the previously painted bubble design. I also sanded any surfaces that would be used to bind one piece to another to give the glue more holding power.
Next, I took stock of my collection and decided how to arrange them. Experiment with a few different styles- you may want shorter or taller towers, more or less bottom heavy- it's completely up to you. I knew I wanted an odd number of candle holders with varying heights if they need to be displayed near each other.
I lucked out and found perfect glass teacups from Goodwill for toppers. You could also use actual tealight holders, juice glasses, anything clear and non-flammable to hold the candles of your choice. My candles were just lying (laying?) around and happened to be a nice navy blue. I didn't use any coasters like the original instructions discuss.
Once you've settled on a design, take a picture for reference if you need to, then take apart and work piece by piece, bottom to top, to glue them together. Wipe away any glue that oozes out. Hint: if it's oozing too much, you're using too much glue. This stuff is pretty powerful, give it some credit and ease off a little. Let the glue dry for 24 hours.
Then, I used ivory spraypaint/primer so that it would go with the decor I plan to have in my kitchen, and if not, it's an easy color to cover. Allow dry time between each coat (2-3 coats will cover the designs on most teacups).
Use a clear glossy or pearlized spray to protect your work and add a sheen. Allow that to dry before touching it to avoid fingerprints. This step is really optional if you want a more matte look.