Paper Tea Cup #1 Lid (insert option)

Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid


As promised, here is the very belated, revised lid I designed for my Paper Tea Cups #1!

It won’t fit on yesterdays tea cup, I’m still working on a lid design for it, it’s a little trickier.

I love this design as it allows for the addition of a ribbon and bow, whilst maintaining the clean lines on the exterior of the cup.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Its’s really quite easy to do and is made up of the same card stock as the Paper Tea Cup. A nice 160gsm thick card. It’s only three pieces, a little glue and some ribbon!


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

To make the lid, cut out the three pieces on the template below. I’ve cut out the center hole on each of the circular pieces to allow for accurate alignment, but you don’t have to do this if you don’t wish.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Take the long band and fold all of the tabs over 90 degrees. Using a quick drying adhesive or double-sided tape, stick the underside of the tabs to the top of the smaller circle piece, gradually wrapping the band around the circle.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Once you’ve glued all of the band tabs to the smaller circle, glue the end tab on the band to itself (on the inside).


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Then glue your ribbon on opposing sides of the lid.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

I used a pin to align the larger circle over the smaller one, glueing them into position.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

And it’s done! Your lid is assembled.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Using a scalpel or x-acto knife, cut a line 12mm down from the lip of your cup just slightly wider than your chosen ribbon in the center of a panel. And do the same on the reverse of the cup. This is much easier to do before your cup is assembled.


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

You then feed your ribbon through the slots you’ve cut, pull through gently whilst aligning the lid and your cup and pull snug (but not too tight, you don’t want to tear your cup).


Paper Tea Cup #1 Insert Lid

Tie yourself a pretty bow and you’re done!

I think I need to have a tea party….




  • margie says:

    spent a lovely sunday afternoon reading your blog…how wonderful ..lots of bliss your way margie

  • Wanda says:

    Hi I really like your teacups they are very cute. I tried to download the lid pattern it looks good on the computer screen but when I try to save it the teacup and lid patterns are over the top of each other. Is it just me? Thank you for sharing your talents.

    • next to nicx says:

      Sorry to hear that! But thank you so much for letting me know. It must be a glitch from when I created the PDF in illustrator. I’ll re-create it tomorrow morning when I can get back to my computer and will also email you a copy of the fixed PDF.

  • Loved the teacups. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us . I am going to link it on my blog.
    Virginia Costa

  • Vanessa says:

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Aisha says:


    I loved these two packages, I’m going to try it.

    Thank you very much for uploading the templates, and i would like to take your permission; currently I don’t have any business, but for feature if opened my own business and if i could re-design the templates, i mean i re-design it by myself using illustrator and add my own design, but of curse not printing this exactly pdf, no, just re-design it by myself and add my design to it, is it will be okay to you? Because i believe that re-designing templates will be okey, not taking the same templates and printing it. I hope you understand what i mean and you give me your permission to redesign these awesome package by myself with my own design on them.

    Thank you ♡

    • next to nicx says:

      Hi Aisha,
      I love that you love the templates and like the blog! But, in relation to your question, please, read my terms and conditions.
      I do not permit any commercial use of my templates, nor any derivative works. I put the template up for people to use at home only. Any commercial use will require a different licence which I am not issuing for this project. If you want tea-cups with a specific brand or pattern, please contact me privately to arrange purchase of them directly from me.
      I have already sent DMCA takedown notices for my work, and as much as it pains me, will take all necessary legal steps to ensure that my work is not used in manners not permitted by the Creative Commons licence.

  • Maria Georgiadou says:

    Apologies but I feel really stupid. Where can I find the links to the templates to be printed? I can only find links to conditions

    • next to nicx says:

      Sorry you’re having trouble! You need to click on the “Download” portion of the text/ image. If you’re still having problems, let me know and I’ll post the links to the images you want in the comments for you.

  • jeani says:

    these are simply scrumptious. I love a good cuppa and my girlfriend makes the best shortbread in the world. I can see a lovely tea party in our future with these divine cups with shortbread as favours for our guests. You’re brilliant – thanks so much for taking the time to work this out!

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