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Vintage Repurposed Teacup Pumpkin

Quick & Easy Repurposed Teacup Pumpkin

Quick and Easy Repurposed Vintage Teacup Pumpkim

There are so many way to create pumpkins, and this repurposed teacup pumpkin is a fun and funky repurposing project that takes only a few minutes to put together.

I see teacups at thrift stores and garage sales all the time and this is a great way to display some of them during the fall season.

collection of colorful teacups used to create repurposed teacup pumpkin

When looking through my stashes I found these vintage teacups left over from my teacup lampshade project.

I thought they’d make a perfect quickie pumpkin.

Any teacups that you have will do for this project because the teacups aren’t altered in any way.

 

Putting Together a Teacup Pumpkin

laying vintage teacups in a circle inside baking pan

 

To create my teacup pumpkim I needed something to hold the teacups.

So I grabbed a vintage baking pan from my stash and placed the teacups around the inside. This baking pan is perfect because you don’t really notice it.

I could have painted the pan ivory or copper, but this project was meant to be more organic than that.

I just wanted to grab things the way they were and put them together to create something.

That’s when repurposing is the most fun for me.

 

Vintage baking pan filled with teacups to create easy diy pumpkin

So quick and easy peasy.

I think using all the same teacups creates a fun pattern to the pumpkin, but different teacups would be fun too.

 

Vintage repurposed teacup pumpkin with screwdriver stem

Because these teacups have colored interiors the look of it changes slightly depending on the viewpoint. Here the colors are kept together.

 

Vintage teacups inside vintage baking pan to create teacup pumpkin

Or the inside colors can be mixed like above.

For the stem I used a small vintage screwdriver from my collection.

This little guy didn’t get used in my vintage screwdriver sunburst clock project because he was too small, but he’s perfect for this.

 

Creating the Pumpkim Stem

Winding copper wire around pencil to create curliques for screwdriver pumpkin stem

I thought I was done but after a few days I decided to add some copper wire curliques by simply winding the wire around a pencil…

 

Creating a stem for teacup pumpkin with small screwdriver and copper wire

…and wrapping the ends around my vintage screwdriver.

 

How to create a quick and easy repurposed teacup pumpkin with screwdriver stem

It simply sits in the space in the middle of the teacups.

I think the curliques add that little extra finishing touch that my teacup pumpkin needed.

 

How to create a quick and easy vintage teacup pumpkin with screwdriver stem

This repurposed teacup pumpkin was such a fun and easy project, and it only took about 10 minutes… not counting looking through my stashes, which can sometimes take hours. lol.

The nice thing about this teacup pumpkin is that when the season’s over it can easily be taken apart.

If you enjoyed this teacup pumpkin, you might also enjoy my repurposed shower curtain ring pumpkins.

 

Don’t forget to pin it!

Quick and Easy Repurposed Vintage Teacup Pumpkim

 

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.

XOX

 

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78 Comments

  1. It definitely looks like a pumpkin and one of the most imaginative I’ve seen! Sorry to hear you’ve been “under the weather”! Hope this week finds you back to your old self!! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I am feeling a little better every day. 🙂

  2. I had to run right over to see how you took tea cups and created a pumpkin. You did, you did! Pinning and sharing. Vick’s Vapor-Rub and and a hot towel on the chest – old, but effective.

    1. Thanks Donna! I thought maybe the fog of my cold was getting the better of me. Thanks for the old remedy too. I’m starting to feel better.

  3. Even sick, you are so creative! How cute this is and easy to re-do next year. Love the teacups. I have never seen any like those.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! It’s so easy to take apart and do again, or repurpose the teacups into something else. I was lucky to find a whole box of these teacups and their saucers a couple of years ago, 34 sets in total. It was quite the score for $2.

    1. Thanks Audra! I’ve never seen teacups like this since of before I found these. The colours are very pretty.

  4. That is very clever. Definitely a pumpkin and I have to say the screwdriver is the cherry on top! Way to go.

    1. Thanks Karen! I love my vintage screwdrivers and it is fun to use them in projects.

  5. Another clever Tuula creation! I might try this as soon as I figure out where all my holiday teacups are stashed.
    Hope you feel better soon. xo

    1. Thanks so much Tina! I hope you find your holiday teacups. Now I want to make pumpkins with all my teacups. lol.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle!

  6. Well I’ll be…. it does look like a pumpkin! I would have never thought to put the cups together like that and stick a screwdriver in the middle…. were you still taking cold medicine when you did this LOL? Seriously, it looks very cute and you always amaze me with your talent! Glad you’re feeling better my friend!

    1. Thanks Sherry! I think the medication definitely had something to do with it. lol.

  7. That is just the cutest thing……..what a clever idea, I definitely think it looks like a pumpkin.
    and you can dismantle it and use it for something else or on the table like always.
    Smart thinking……….and great job
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thanks Nellie! Yes, and the teacups are still OK to use as… well… teacups. lol.

  8. How cute, quick and clever of you. Love the addition of the curly wire. I hope you’re feeling better now. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin creation at Vintage Inspiration Party.

    1. Thanks Betsy! I thought it looked a little naked and needed a little something. I love copper wire.

    1. Wow! Thanks you so much Lynn!

  9. Tuula, that is so creative, it bends my brain!! Please come and share at Five Star Frou-Frou? We’d love to have you…Mimi xxx

    1. What a great compliment Mimi! Thanks so much, and thanks for the invite to the party.

      1. Tuula, every time I look at this, I’m amazed at your creativity. I just love it. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Will you join me again this week? Mimi xxx

  10. Oh my gosh, it really DOES look like a pumpkin! And a pretty one at that! I’m a big tea and teacup lover, so I also like those cups all alone, too. You are SO creative! Thanks for stopping by our Vintage Charm party!xoKathleen

    1. Thanks so much Kathleen! They are really pretty teacups. I was lucky to find them. The colours inside are quite amazing.

  11. Tuula, I just can’t tell you how much I adore this–considering that I am a repurposing fanatic AND a dishaholic! Thanks so much for sharing @Vintage Charm! Blessings, Cecilia

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I’m a repurposing fanatic too, and there’s more I love to use than vintage teacups. They’re just so pretty.

        1. That’s so wonderful Cecilia. I’m so thrilled to be featured!

          1. Tuula, Congratulations ~ your Vintage Teacup Pumpkin was chosen as our Feature of the Month! We’ll be posting about it tomorrow so stop by and pick up your special button.
            Blessings, Cecilia

          2. Wow Cecilia! That’s so fabulous! Thank you so much!

  12. Jann Olson says:

    Tuula, your creative mind amazes me! This is so darn cute. Love the color inside the cups and yes, the copper curly cues are a fun addition! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Thanks so much Jann! It’s always a pleasure to join the party.

  13. Super cute Tuula–and crazy creative, as usual 🙂

  14. Hi Tuula! I’m working on my post for tomorrow morning’s Let’s Talk Vintage! and wanted to let you know I will be featuring your teacup pumpkin! Thanks so much for participating…. have a great afternoon, Jill

  15. What a cute idea!! So creative! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thanks Sherry! It’a always fun to join the party. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by.

  16. Really cute, Tuula! I saw your feature on Ivy & Elephants, but I also saw it on another blog or FB page (Hometalk?). Regardless, congrats, as it’s well-deserved for the ingenuity, the choice of materials (those cups are just the perfect coloring), and the display.
    Rita C at Panoply

  17. Just when I thought I’d seen every possible way to make a pumpkin! This is the most unique one I’ve seen yet. Love it. Pinning.

    1. Thanks Virginia, for stopping by and for pinning.

  18. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Tuula, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC. Love your creativeness!
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Thank you so much Jann! What a wonderful treat!

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  20. Hi Tuula,
    Your tea cup pumpkin is just adorable. I love how creative you are.
    Congrats on all of your features for this.
    Wishing you a nice week and Happy Halloween.
    Julie xo

    1. Thanks Julie! I hope you had a Happy Halloween too.

  21. Most certainly looks like a pumpkin -one to be displayed for all the fall season! Love it. Am I correct in thinking you have glued nothing together? By placing it in the pan, it is held together and you could always disassemble it and reuse everything?

    1. Thanks Barbara, and you are correct. The teacups fit so nicely into the baking pan that they formed the pumpkin ring without the need for any glue. I love repurposing in ways that can be changed later when I just feel like I want something different.

  22. What a cute idea! Your pumpkin would look so cute on the Thanksgiving table or on a buffet or sideboard.

  23. As my daughter used to say, “You are BIG smart!” What a unique and clever idea! I am a teacup collector and own a metal pie pan, stumpy screwdriver and wire. I just think I will take that idea and run with it! Thank you for the best pumpkin idea yet!

    1. Wow Gabi! I love that saying, and thanks so much!

    1. Your version is lovely Laura. I’m so glad that my project inspired you. Thanks so much for letting me know. You made my day!

  24. Tuula, how did I miss this?! Absolutely adorable. Congrats on being featured at The Vintage Charm #3 party. I think this is brilliant (didn’t realize it was teacups at first!).
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia!

  25. Prairie Kari says:

    I Love this! I saw this posting a few wks ago on My Thrift Store Addiction and was at my mothers last night – she has a Noritake Lusterware orange banded tea service that I thought of instantly when I saw this post. I checked it out last night and they are so perfect for this! She has the teapot and creamer/sugar with dessert plates so we will be able to make a whole tablescape around your wonderful idea – thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You’re so welcome Kari! That orange banded service sounds so pretty. Thank you so much for letting me know that my project has inspired you. Nothing makes me happier. 🙂

  26. Debra A Wise says:

    Just saw this blast from the past on your blog and love it! It definitely looks like a pumpkin to me. I’ll be on the lookout for some teacups I can use to copy this idea.

  27. MaryEllen says:

    Great idea! Love pumpkins. Love teacups! Perfect mashup…now I only have to remember where I packed away my great-aunt’s old teacups. 🙂

    1. Thanks MaryEllen! This pumpkin can be made using any teacups. I hope you find yours. 🙂