How to make a Teacup Topiary from a flea market find

If you have plans to go junking this weekend, be sure to grab a handful of mismatched teacups to make these sweet, Teacup Topiaries. If you need an inexpensive, handmade gift for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Week (next week!), or party favors for a bridal or baby shower, these Teacup Topiaries fit the occasion to a “T”. (Groan, right?) I also have links to tutorials for a Teapot Topiary and the cutest little Demitasse Topiary.

Teacup Topiaries, made with mismatched teacups, are perfect for Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, or bridal or baby showers.

There are endless ways to use these Teacup Topiaries.

To make a Teacup Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” and 2-1/2” balls
  • Teacup, with or without saucer
  • Silk flowers (use your favorite colors)
  • Silk flower stem, tree branch or wood dowel, 7″ length
  • Optional: ½” wide ribbon and floral wire
  • Moss, small handful
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

To make a Teacup Topiary:

1. Insert the silk flower stem, tree branch or wood dowel about 2” deep into each foam ball, connecting the balls to make the topiary shape. Remove the stem, add a dab of glue in each hole, and then reconnect the balls.

2. Glue the 2-1/2” ball into the teacup. If the ball doesn’t quite fit the shape of the cup, it’s easy to slightly flatten and compress the ball on a tabletop to create a shape that fits snugly in the cup.

3. Cut flowers from stems. Arrange and glue flowers onto the 2” ball till it’s covered. Fill in any bare spots with moss.

4. Optional: Make a six-loop bow from a 36” length of ribbon; secure with wire. Wire each bow to the topiary stem, under center front of ball; glue in place.

5. Cover the top of the teacup with moss.

Here are two more options – the Teatime Topiary and a mini, Demitasse Topiary. The tutorials are on

Teatime Topiary

Demitasse Topiary

Turn flea market finds into a Teapot Toipiary and Teacup Topiary.

Teatime Topiary (left) and Demitasse Topiary.

I hope I have a few minutes this weekend to try out a variation on these ideas . . . the wheels are turning!

I’ll have a few more handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day tomorrow, so be sure to stop in again.

Happy crafting!


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16 Responses to How to make a Teacup Topiary from a flea market find

  1. Sharon, I am so delighted to have found your blog and all of the delightful crafts that you share! I had never noticed a Topiary before, yet after seeing the many beautiful varieties you have made I am hooked. Not positive which direction my one for Mothers Day will go in but I think it will be made from a special tea pot that I have. Thank You so much for sharing all of your spectacular ideas and tutorials! Have a fantastic creative day!

    • Sharon says:

      What a special topiary that would be! If you fill the pot tightly with foam, you would not need to glue it in place, and that way, you can always remove the foam and flowers, if you ever want to use it as a teapot again. I hope you’ll share a photo when you’re done! Happy crafting. Sharon

  2. mary says:

    Can you use different flowers for the teacup topiary

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely! Use the colors and styles that you prefer. You’ll want to be sure the flowers are in proportion to the size of ball you’re using, but that’s the only guideline I have. I hope you’ll share a photo of your Teacup Topiary when you’re done! Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  3. Sar Tann says:

    These are super cute and would be so perfect for a tea party.

    • Sharon says:

      These would be perfect for a tea party. Or a luncheon, or . . . so many ideas! They’d make a fun party favor for guests to take home, too. Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

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  6. I totally made a some of these a couple years ago for Mother’s Day! They were a hit! I love the tea pot one, I’ll have to try that next!

  7. Joan Jaffray says:

    Beautiful. I’ve made fancy pincushions from teacups, but, never thought of the topiaries. I think one would look beautiful in a guest bathroom.

  8. barbara macaskill says:

    Beautiful! I can see these in red, white and blue for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      What fun, Barbara! You’re right — these could be adapted for all of the summer holidays. Wouldn’t that be pretty. Thank you. Sharon

  9. Lorine Mason says:

    Very Cute and since I am hosting a Tea Party bridal shower in the coming months also very timely. Thanks so much.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Lorine, and thanks for stopping in today. These would be so sweet for the bridal shower, what a fun idea. Please share a photo of your Teacup Topiary. Happy crafting! Sharon

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