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Alice in Wonderland Tea Pot Chandelier


When I first saw this beautiful Tea Pot Chandelier on Must Have Cute, I knew I wanted one for my Alice in Wonderland birthday party.  But trying to track it down (I think I found one on Etsy somewhere), I found it was WAY out of my price budget. (I think it was several HUNDRED dollars...sigh.)

So I decided to try and make my own.  I admit I had no idea what I was doing when I started...and still am not sure it's done and "perfect." (I keep it hanging in my living room to look at and try to figure out what else it needs.)

But what do you think?

I think it still needs some bling..so you might see a few changes when the party photos show up.  But this is the basic chandelier...and it was pretty easy to make over all.

To make this, I found a basic chandelier at Goodwill for $3.99.  I have also been scouting there and at local garage sales for tea pots, cups, and saucers.  I have found a few, although not near as many as I would like (sorry..side frustrated note there.)
My husband helped me to cut out the wiring and I dis-assembled it.
Then I painted all the pieces different bright pastel colors.  I also painted 5 white teacups in matching colors to fit on each of the arms.


(I did decide I hated the orange and purple one...so I repainted it in a flower design instead of stripes.)  I think painting the cups was the hardest part because I couldn't decide on a cute random fun pattern.
I used a 1/2 inch glass tile drill bit to drill holes in the bottom of my tea cups so they would fit on the arms.  If you are a newby to this type of drilling, be careful doing this.  Go very slow and use eye protection.  It's also REALLY helpful for you to get a mask to keep yourself from inhaling the glass powder.  (Yea, I was didn't...total hypocrite.)

I also found out the hard way to make sure you drill your cups and pot after you paint them.  Or be sure to wipe down the ceramic VERY good to make sure you get all the powder off so it doesn't make the paint job all "bumpy."

I wanted to use saucers under my tea cups, but no matter what I did, they kept breaking.  I don't know if it was the thickness, the material, or what...but it didn't work.  I finally just cut circles out of that thick poster board type stuff (can't remember it's name...but I will go find out and post soon) and spray painted them.  I cut holes in the center and placed them below the tea cups.

I used E6000 glue to glue the faux saucer to the bottom of my tea cup and then the tea cup to the chandelier.  Each of my chandelier arms had a little notch that fit perfectly inside the bottom of the tea cup.  I then put a bunch of glue inside the bottom around and in the hole to secure it.

I replaced the big metal ball in my chandelier with a tea pot.  I was lucky to find a tea pot that fit just perfectly to allow me to do that.  It was pretty 70s looking at first, so I painted it pink to match the color scheme and added some silver swirly stickers that I purchase in a pack from the scrapbook area at Walmart.

I'm really pretty happy with it so far, but sitting in my living room looking at it...this chandelier might even get a little more glam before the big day!

48 comments:

  1. I'm totally amazed not sure I would be willing to try and do that myself! Awesome!

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  2. What an undertaking!! It is beautiful! Funny because as I was reading your post and came to the part where you asked if it needed something, I immediately thought "bling" and then there was your next sentence saying you planned to add some "bling"! Just strings of pearls, rhinestones or christmas bead garlands would work too!

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  3. Wow- this is an amazing re-creation- the tea cups are really adorable and the teapot-love the colors and patterns-I just have to keep going back to check it out-LOVE IT!!

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  4. Get OUT of here!!! That is simply amazing! You are AMAZING! I adore this--great job!!!!

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  5. Fantastic! I love it and your detailed tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
    Jen

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  6. that is awesome!! So know what you mean about making something you've seen and then money gets in the way. Really great job :D

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    I am even going to have a special give away just for linkers this week.
    Hope Summer Daze went well for you too.

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  8. wow I think that turned out amazing! You did such a good job! What a fun whimsical chandelier! So perfect for an Alice In wonderland theme!

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  9. WOW! This is amazing! I love the color and fun personality this chandelier has got going on! I think a little bit of bling and this sweet lovely will be the talk of your party! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  10. Very pretty. I love teapots and this would work. Have a great day.

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  11. I'm very impressed. I love the colors. What a fun addition to your party!

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  12. How wonderful! Your teapot chandelier is so fun and happy! I absolutely love it. I don't have a drill for tile though. If i did I would be so making one of these right away! Guess I'll have to go buy a drill.
    Thanks for sharing your DIY at A little Tipsy!

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  13. This is amazing, you did a great job. I love it! Would love to have you link up with us on Sunday for our first ever link up party! Thanks for sharing!
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  14. I'd love to give this a try. Thanks so much for the instructions.
    Pat

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  15. Wow! Your chandelier is so amazing and fun! Great job. :)

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  16. This is too cute! Thanks for the great how-to!

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  17. Adorable! I can't wait to make my own. Thanks for the great tips.

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  18. You did a great job! I LOVE it, thanks for showing how you did it too! My little girl is sitting here telling me that she wants one. It would look so cute in a little girl's room!

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  19. Soo cute! It's definitely going to be the attention getter at your party!

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    Thanks!
    -Brooke
    For-the-luv-of.blogspot.com

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  21. I am obsessed with tea cup chandeliers! great job on yours! we found one for my daughters shabby chic room... so fun!

    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life via TT&J

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  22. So cute and I actually like yours better.

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  23. This is so much fun, perfect for alice in wonderland! My friend just made the CUTEST alice in wonderland cake for a Girls Scout Party thing. The chandalier would have been perfect addition to the party!


    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  24. So Cute with such whimsy! It took me right back to the Mad Hatters ride at Disney World with the cups and saucers.

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  25. I've been in love with these chandeliers since my daughter was really little... you did an amazing job! Beautiful, just beautiful.

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  26. Darling chandy! I have seen this done as a table lamp but not this way & this is spectacular! Congrats!
    Liz

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  27. Hello There- You have been featured on C.O.M., thanks for your creativity. winks-jen

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  28. this is so so quirky! i love it, so fab

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  29. PS, I featured this today! Thanks for the inspiration! In that post, I also have the pic of the Alice in Wonderland cake!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  30. This is so so cute! Great job figuring it out for yourself! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  31. Thank you for your wonderful link up at Nothing But Country.com

    We have featured your projected on our blog.

    Feel free to grab yourself a "I've Been Featured" button if you wish.

    And we invite you to link up again any new amazing projects of yours at our linky party.

    Thanks again for your share!!

    --Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country.com

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  32. Girl this is amazing!! So creative. I still can't get over the fact you made this yourself. SO COOL!!

    Thanks so much for linking to up Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I wanted to let you know I featured this project today. Pick up a feature button if you like!!

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  33. Came here form Ladybird Ln! This is amazing. My mom has a Wonderland theme in her garden, and I can see turning the teacups/teapots into planters to suit her needs. GREAT project for her birthday next month, I'm so glad you shared this!!

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  34. Hi Kim! I just featured this on my blog. Come & take a look : ) Thanks for linking up with Fun for kids Friday.

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  35. What a great idea! I love the colors you chose. Thanks for sharing. I featured this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/gallery-of-featured-crafters-5-with.html

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.

    @pril

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  36. Super cute! I pinned and tweeted this.

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  37. awesome party! LOVE all the details especially the krispie cards and the tea chandelier OMG! spectacular!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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  38. Great job. You created a wonderful teacup chandelier. If you want to try to drill saucers another time try this: Buy some 'plumbers putty, and build a circular "dam" surrounding the area where you will place your hole in the saucer. Fill it with turpentine, and proceed with drilling. You are so correct about starting the drill at a slow speed. Also, if you want to spring for it, a diamond bit drill bit makes much easier work of the whole thing, too. Thanks for inviting us for a peak at your project. Cherry Kay

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  39. I just happened on this page, and I bought a super cool teatime water fountain that would match your chandelier perfectly. It was an amazing find and now I have more ideas to do with my current chandelier that I have been wanting to redo.

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  40. Email me if you would let me pay you to make one for my room! it would mean so much! j.nimergood@tcu.edu

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