Paper Tea Cups #1

Paper Tea Cup 1

I’ve been messing around with paper. I’m not sure exactly why I decided to make paper tea cups, but inspiration hit over the holidays and I couldn’t find one online. Hence the gauntlet was thrown down! I had to make one. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated. But I’m ecstatic with the results! This is by far and away my favourite template/ tutorial so far. AND I’ve got another version of it almost ready to upload next week.

These would be perfect as use for cupcakes, biscuits, little presents, used as gift boxes or just as gorgeous packaging. Paint them, embroider them, bedazzle them… The options are endless! I created a lid template so it becomes a very usable gift box but I had a lightening bolt moment last night and I’m now sure I’ve worked out how to make a lid that sits inside the cup so that the pretty outer lines of the tea cup aren’t ruined. I’ll include it with the other version of the tea cup that I’ll upload next week.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

To create this project you’ll need an A4 piece of card at least 160gsm in weight (that’s what I used). I used my Graphtec plotter cutter to create this project, but you could with a little time, use an x-acto knife to cut it out. I used a very strong and quick drying gel adhesive (think superglue strong) that allowed me to put it together quickly and accurately. But it is also very unforgiving and I did stick my fingers to the first cup a couple of times! If you’re a little concerned you could easily use small pieces of double sided tape or another preferred adhesive.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

The handle, by far the most fussy part, is created by using the three pieces above.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Fold along the score lines on the long strip.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Fold along the score lines on each of the handle sides.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Then glue the tabs on one side of the handle strip to the inside of a handle side, bending the strip so that it aligns with the outer edge of the handle side. Don’t panic about a little bit of glue being seen on the inside at this point, you won’t be able to see it on the finished product.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

To glue the other side on, fold the tabs on the unglued side of the middle strip so that they’re at 90 degrees and apply adhesive to the outside. Align the other handle side with the tabs, you may need to use a small pencil or skewer to get inside the handle and align the tabs up neatly.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

To complete your handle just make sure that the tabs on each of the handle sides are folded in. It’s these tabs that you glue to the cup bowl.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Put aside the handle and take the two large circular windmill pieces. Fold along the score lines and overlay the two pieces as shown. I’ve marked a small circle at the centre of each of the pieces to help align them if you need. Don’t glue the pieces together in the centre! If it’s slightly off your whole teacup will be a bit twisted. If you’re worried, temporarily place a pin through the centre circles and use them to align the pieces.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Glue the first centre tab on the side of each windmill arm to its adjacent windmill arm (as shown above). Make sure that the edge of each arm is aligned with the score line on its sister piece. Doing the centre pieces first makes sure that your tea cup bowl doesn’t twist.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

At this point you continue to glue the arms together up to the top edge of the teacup bowl.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

This is the view of the bottom of your tea cup bowl when it’s complete.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

Don’t panic if your tops don’t align perfectly. Just trim them off neatly with scissors when you’re finished.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

To put the tea cup base together, take the two small windmill pieces and put them together in exactly the same manner as the tea cup bowl.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

The final step requires glueing the tea cup base to the tea cup bowl, aligning with the centre circles to do so accurately. And then glueing the handle to your tea cup in your preferred location. The base of the tea cup handle doesn’t glue on in it’s entirety as I was unable to replicate the angle perfectly and each cup can be slightly different. I could have rectified it but I really like how it sits out a little and so looks more like a ‘real’ cup.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

And here’s the final product! What do you think?

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

I lined the cups with small paper doilies and made some cute gluten-free shortbread tea bags to put in them. The recipe can be found here.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

For the lid, cut out the two pieces and after folding along the score line, glue the tabs on the long strip to the inside of the lid top, aligning with the outside of the circle. It’s really quite quick and easy.

 

Paper Tea Cup 1

 

 Update: I’ve created a much prettier lid for this cup template. You can find it here.

 


My templates and tutorials are free for personal use only.

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Comments

Sara
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Wow, really fabulous! And one could enlarge the templates and make some giant ones too! Was thinking maybe this would be a great use for all those cornflakes boxes I’ve been saving for crafting, with the printed area on the inside, which I’d then paint and use as gift boxes. Thanks so very much for the inspiration!

Nancy LeB
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super awesome – can’t wait to try it! thank you for sharing :)

Mira
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Absolutely lovely! Thanks so much! :)

Ann Martin
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Thanks Nicola – the cup is lovely, as is your tutorial!

e gower
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Wow! These are so great. Thank you for sharing.

Natalia Blanco
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Thank you so much for so great tutorial.

zoe
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This is so lovely. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

Barbara T.
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These are really great. I didnt realize they were paper at first- Beautifully done

Caseye
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What a SUPERB craft – thanks so much for sharing!

Gill
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Amazing….wonderful! Love it!

Thank you so much for sharing. It must have taken you AGES!

next to nicx
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Thank you. It did take me a while ;)

next to nicx
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Thank you all for your wonderful feedback! I hope you all have a wonderful time making them. Please send me a picture of your finished product if you’ve made one? I’d love to see them!
Nicx

hkdbgal
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The cups look adorable! I can’t wait to make one!
The only problem is that I can’t seem to be able to open the pdfs on the page :(

next to nicx
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I’m very sorry, I’ve now rectified it and you should be able to download it now.
xNic

jasonmurphy
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Love your tutorial, looking forward to try making this at home and place tea bags there.

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Darlene
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Love the paper cups. In fact, I love all paper art. Thanks so much for sharing.

Murriyam
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Wow..I only just stumbled upon your blog. Teacups look super adorable..can’t wait to make one! Thanks so much for sharing.

Carolyn
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Wow, your teacups are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your design. I look forward to making a few.

Sushrutha
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Amazing…awesome! i fell in love with the tea cups Love them!

Thank you very much for sharing

Sarah
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Aw, so cute! That little tea bag shaped cookie is adorable too!

Lilach
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This is amazing! thanks for sharing :)

Lisa D'monte
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Hey Nicole,

Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic teacup tutorial! My friend Suret Crause and I had a crafty catch up and made them last night. We made cute little teabag tags to go with them and for a first attempt they turned out pretty well. This is one of the best free tutorials we have come accross. I have uploaded images to my Creative Bird Studio facebook page. Thanks again xx

Rhonda Miller
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Wow, this is fantastic. What a fun project. Thank you for sharing the template.

Eunice
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Hey I’m a huge fan of your adorable site and I just loooove this tea cup tutorial a lot!. but Do you know that some korean blogger captured images of this tutorial and share it on her blog? and it even featured on the index page of that portal site. I just wonder if she have asked your permission to do that first. This’s the blog of her.
http://psyelf.blog.me/100179222848
Please check it and sorry if you knew already. Ciao

next to nicx
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Hi Eunice,

Thanks so much for letting me know. I’ve found my pictures all over the web and unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it. Thankfully the lady who has post these photos is still linking to me rather than copying the templates too, so I can’t complain too much.
Thanks for following the blog! I’m so glad you like it :)
Nicx

Silvia
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Hi, we are two sister who usually follow your blog, we love your tea cups and today we decide to made you a mencion in our blog, I hope you like it.
And thank you for sharing ;)

Amalia
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Very nice! thank you for sharing!

mylita
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hi
i used your template which i just loved. but my cups seem too skinny? I would like to buy the templates because cutting them out is well… just wondering whereabouts you are though and if you will post to australia?

next to nicx
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Hi Mylita,
I’m not sure what you mean when you say they’ve turned out too skinny? Do you have a photo of them I could look at? My email is info(at)nexttonicx(dot)com I’m based in Switzerland but I can organise to send you some tea cup templates to Australia if you wish.
xNic

Beena
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Hi, there!

These cups are absolutely adorable! I would love to have these at my sister’s bridal shower this August. Could I possibly have you make 40 of these for the shower? We would be more than happy to pay you! Please email me if you’re interested at all :)

Donna
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Absolutely Fabulous! I quickly scanned but can’t wait to read each word and hope to create a teacup for myself, too! Thank you So Much for sharing this tutorial with us; woo hoo! :) Have a marvelous week!

next to nicx
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Thank you! I’m so very happy you like the project! If you end up making them, please send me a photo of the results? I’d love to see them!
Nicx

Beena
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Hi, there!
These cups are absolutely adorable! I would love to have these at my sister’s bridal shower this August. Could I possibly have you make 40 of these for the shower? We would be more than happy to pay you! Please email me if you’re interested at all :)

next to nicx
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Hi :)
I’m so glad you like the template! Unfortunately I’m unable to take on this project at this time. I’m 35 weeks pregnant and preparing for our little ones arrival. I hope your sisters bridal shower goes splendidly!
Nicx

Brandy-Leah
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A few suggestions: it would have really helped if I had exact measurements when trying to make one of these myself, and a bit more detail as to how to cut the pieces to make the cups and bottoms.

Cleo Naves
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Congratulations, You are simply creative. This is perfect. If you ever think on starying a business in Brazil I would recomend you or be your partner. Congrats again.

Adrianac Chavez
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wonderful project, a lot of work. Thanks for sharing.

Ruthie Lopez
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wow!!! I love it! thanks for sharing the tutorial and the templates!!!

Angela
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Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.

Deb
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Great stuff, perfect thing for my tea drinking Mum’s 70th Birthday pressie. As an avid card making she going to love receiving her gift in this xx

Linda
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Thank you for sharing your tea cup and for providing such a complete tutorial to go along with it.

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