Monday, February 9, 2015

Queen of Hearts Teacups

Hello!  Thank you for popping in for a visit today!  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  In honor of this special day which is just a few short days away, today I thought I would share a tutorial to make your own Queen of Hearts inspired teacups.  The cups I am preparing have an added bit of kitsch and whimsy, as I am using them in an Alice In Wonderland inspired tablescape.  You may edit yours for a more refined outcome.  I hope you enjoy the post!

You will need:

Plain black extra-large tea or coffee cups
Metallic ceramic paint
Gold Sharpie pen
Silver Sharpie pen
Rubbing alcohol
Tape (scotch or masking)

Begin by washing the outside of your cups with the rubbing alcohol and allowing to dry completely.  Use a clean, soft cloth to further remove any residual residue.

Tape your stencil into place.  Stencil your desired pattern onto the cup with the sharpie. Trial and error tip:  Do not remove hastily, you will end up like I did here, oh, dear!  The good thing is, rubbing alcohol works wonders at cleaning up these sort of errors, although it can be tedious.

Here, I've cleaned some away with a Q-tip.

I filled in the stencil pattern a bit more free-hand,

and also added some free-hand hearts.  Allow dry time.

Next, I carefully painted tiny hearts inside the ones I drew.

Here are examples of the other patterns I made. 

This one I also accomplished using a stencil and sharpies.

On this particular cup, I began by drawing a silver heart,

and followed those with gold.

Then I carefully painted red hearts inside each.

For fun and kitsch, I added "Silence!"

"All ways are my ways!"

or "Off with your head!"

quotes on each cup.  If you prefer a more streamlined look, you may want to omit this step.  Give your cups a once-over, and be sure to clean all errors with rubbing alcohol before you place into the oven.

Place cups into a cold oven and heat to 325.  Fire for 40-45 minutes, and turn off oven.  Do not remove cups until the oven is completely cool.

To see these featured in my Tea With the Queen Tablescape for Valentine's Day 2015, you may visit the post on my other blog, Parsimonious Décor Darling by clicking here

Supply list:
Stencils, paints, and pens: Hobby Lobby
Cups:  The 99¢ Store

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