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Tea Cup Taste

As every Quaintrelle knows, there are few things in our modern world as enjoyable as stopping for a cup of ones favorite tea. She also knows there is no taste so high as her own, and what better way to enjoy this high taste than tea out of cup she designed herself?

Here is a small project you can follow to decorate your own unique china teacup!

You will need… 1 Teacup and saucer1-2 sheets of ceramic decal paper

  • Scissors
  • Clear acrylic spray coat (Kroylan Acrylic Clear recomended)
  • Bowl of water
  • Computer and printer 

Finding The Right Cup

For large images, your best bet it to find a cup with the straightest sides possible, (like the Gobelet Litron) Butr you can use virtually any cup. Look around on ebay or at your local antique or thrift shop. Relativly plain cups and saucers can be found for relatively little cost!


First pick out the perfect cup to decorate! A straight sided cup is easiest to work with, but a molded cup will look very lovely (here I am using one called Eternity by Lenox China). 

If you have a straight cup you can create a solid band, if you chose a more curvy cup (Lie I'm using), scalloped edges, or individual motifs work best to avoid puckering. 

Now to create your design! It's best to work big and shrink down the image to get all those fine details in, you can work directly on the computer, or scan in your hand drawn work to start with!


Once you have you images completed, print them out onto your decal paper and spray them with 3 coats of clear acrylic varnish waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next. Once everything is dry, carefully cut out your design. 

Next Place your first design into the water and leave for 45-60 seconds, until the decal starts to come away from the paper. (wait till you have applied your first design before adding the next to the water, soak to long and your design may smudge! 

Apply to the cup and gently smooth out any air bubbles from your decal with a damp tissue.

Repeat with as many pieces as you have, and let stand over night. 

Your cup is now finished and you now have your very own unique teacup to show off at your next tea party!

If you're not a tea drinker (shame on you!) then you can use this method on coffee cups, mugs or even to make your own swanky swig glasses!
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