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Thursday, December 23, 2010

tea cup pedestal

When choosing gifts, I like to make/purchase things I like myself. It makes it more fun, but also a little harder to give away sometimes. :) I’m loving my tea cup pedestals, so I decided to make one for Ella’s preschool teacher and her play therapist as Christmas gifts.

When we went to Family Night at my brother’s house, my sister-in-law asked me what I was giving Ella’s teacher for Christmas. (She’s a teacher.) She wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything with an apple on it. I assured her she’d taught me well. I explained what I was doing and it met her approval. Whew! ;) Actually, it’s a great idea to go to a teacher to find out what another teacher might like or not like.

So here’s a quick tutorial on making tea cup pedestals. Super simple and I love them.

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Purchase a tea cup and matching--or not--saucer or salad  plate. (I got mine at TJ Maxx.) I like using a salad size plate, just because it holds more.

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If the bottom of your tea cup is smooth, rough it up a bit with some sand paper or a large nail file. Apply E-6000 adhesive to the bottom rim. Oops, I probably didn’t need to apply so much, but it comes out of the tube rather quickly. Wait a few minutes before attaching to the plate.

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Flip the tea cup over and center it on the bottom of your plate. The adhesive doesn’t dry quickly, so you can move it around a bit if needed and then clean up any excess.
Let dry for 24 hours.

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Add a homemade treat or other goodie, wrap in cellophane and tie with a festive bow. I love giving treats in a reusable container or gift. Lynn asked what I was going to do with the other pedestal plate. I told him, “Keep it.” Did I say I love them?

Other ideas for goodies:
jewelry
a holiday decoration (a snowman perhaps?)
hair bows and barrettes (for a child or baby)

6 comments:

  1. You are amazing. Can you believe I forgot to do teacher gifts? I totally spaced it. I am going to have to try this. Thanks.

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  2. I am loving this project. I got a really cool candle holder and plate to make one. Your teacher sister-in-law saw it today and loved it, too. My super glue was old and didn't work. The tea cups and plates are too cute. Happy Christmas to all of you.

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