TEACUPS MADE FROM RECYCLED CARD!

Fancy crafting a cup of tea for two?

Let's craft a teapot, cups and saucers!

Ever thought of going posh and crafting a tea set? I shall be using packaging that is easy to work with and transform it, into a fun project for kids to do!

LOVING TEA!

Having a cup of tea is a very British thing wouldn’t you say? 

Can you imagine, the thousands and thousands of cups of tea that the British drink is inconceivable, although I think Coffee is now on the rise and becoming very popular too!

MY INTENTION!

In this project, I am going to show you how to use branded cereal and soft drink packaging to craft teacups made from recycled card, and the images and lettering will be the design on the tea set! So no need to do any painting or embellishing!

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle into crafts!

Before we move on, let’s remind ourselves of something quite important.

WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

The bases of this website is to provide fun, creative projects for kids and parents to partake in, but to use rubbish, junk, or throw-outs as the resource.

THINK ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT!

So in hand, we are doing our bit for recycling where we can, by reducing waste that we would otherwise be contributing to the never-ending piling upon landfilled sites.

OUR OCEANS!

Furthermore, the consequence of this mindless damping has been contaminating and damaging our oceans, which can ultimately lead to destroying our beautiful sealife and creatures that lie beneath!

Check out the ‘Milk bottle Whale’ post and see a ‘Whales tale’ video!

Here is a catchy tune that really conveys that message!

Click on the link above, to see how to beat plastic pollution with the UN environmental program.

THE 3R’S

Have you heard of the 3’s, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle?

Let me explain more. when we talk about reducing this implies the amount of rubbish we generate.

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN!

This means being kinder to our environment and nipping it at the source, and thinking before we drop that litter!

So what do we have to do? we have to try to Reuse what we can in other ways and not be so wasteful.

PLASTIC BOTTLES!

One example is, Reusing your plastic water bottle and refilling it with water, instead of buying the same again and again, leading to you having to dispose of your plastic bottle, hence resulting in more throw-outs!

CRAZY DRINKERS!

The same with coffee, tea, or chocolate drinkers purchasing their fix every day, for example when going to work, repeat buying, and consequently a build-up of disposable cups!  Let’s not forget the leisure drinkers too!

WORK THIS OUT!

Say a consumer buys one a day, in a month that’s twenty disposable cups, and if you are looking at a year’s worth that’s at least 240 cups, less or more not including holidays, but more if it’s twice a day!

Can you imagine what that would cost you?

Later on in this post, I will be recommending a great idea to address this!

ABOUT RECYCLING!

Now moving on to Recycling, I am glad a lot more established manufacturers are looking into this, providing a solution to deal with their packaging. Go to ‘What happens to our plastic waste?’ to see some of the branded companies supporting this cause!

Also, you can get to see what I turn some of the plastic bottles into!

ABOUT PAPER!

A very good way to recycle throw-outs when it comes to any type of paper is, for example, a collection of old newspapers, magazines cardboard and repulping it into new paper.

Check out ‘Newspaper craft for kids!’ where this is demonstrated, and what you can do with your newspapers!

ABOUT EGGBOXES!

I have shown this process in a previous post ‘Learning game for kids!’ on how they make eggboxes by recycling all types of used papers, including cardboard into a pulp and then into eggboxes! Check out the easy super learning game for kids too!

BACK TO THIS PROJECT!

A QUICK NOTE!

I practiced trying to work out a template that would be easy to follow in making the teapot and cup, but it all depended on the amount of packaging once opened up flat, would allow me.

EASY TEAPOT.

So instead I drew a basic teapot that works well when transferred onto the flat packaging.

Also, I tried to keep the design of the package to be equal on both sides of the packaging, so that it looks similar when you turn the teapot around.

CUP DESIGN.

As for the cup, even though I worked out a circular shape to curl into a cup, I found by making a cone would work just as well.

Also, I discovered by cutting off a tiny piece of the bottom section, (the point of the cone), then snipping all the way around, and pushing these parts inward would make a perfect base for the teacup.

GLUING ON.

You would have to stick these parts together, then the cup would be secured onto the saucer, after using double-sided tape.

The handle and saucer are separate parts and stuck on after the completion of the cup.

Now we have got that out of the way, we can get on with the ‘Teacups made from recycled card!’

SO ARE YOU READY?

    RESOURCES!

  • Any packaging.

  • Sellotape/double-sided tape/masking tape.

  • A4 paper/tracing paper.

  • Scissors/large and small.

  • Scalpel/Ruler.

  • 2B pencil/charcoal pencil/black pen.

  • 2 plates one approx. 200mm and 150mm.

LET’S GET GOING!

Here is the outline of a basic teapot. If you save image as, then save it, go to print, and scale it up to A4 removing margins you will get an approximate size that you can work with. Try to enlarge the teapot close to the edge of the A4 paper.

   SOME TIPS!

    RIGHT CARD.

  • I chose cereal packaging, and soft drink packaging, as this type of card is bendable and can be converted into shapes a bit more easily.
  • I also like the graphics on these packages, which gives your teapot or cup a cool look!

    CAREFUL HANDLING.

  • Although these cards can crack slightly, you have to be accurate in your curling and cutting.
  • When making the cone you need to practice curving it into shape, aim to have an opening of at least 80mm.

    ABOUT THE SAUCER.

  • The saucer is tricky, as you need to convert the flat shape to bow a bit, so snipping four areas opposite each other and slightly, and overlapping when taping it into place will look more like a saucer.

    USE FINGERS.

  • When pressing the circular reel of masking tape to make the hollow of the saucer, will need to be more of a trial and error until you achieve the molded effect.
  • Use your fingers to push and engrave the circular reel within the saucer.

    HOW TO ATTACH.

  • Use double-sided tape to secure the cup to the saucer so it holds it tight to the plate.
  • I found you can get away with a two-sided teapot, but the teacup looked better if it were 3D.

    CUTTING HANDLE.

  • Cutting the inside bit of the teapot handle, with the scalpel can be a bit tough, so maybe groove out a large hole and use the smaller scissors to help with the removal of the surplus card.
  • Adult support will be needed if using a sharp tool.

    CUTTING THE LID.

  • The very top part of the lid is what holds together the two sections of the teapot, so with your scissors cut away from the knob, leaving a border that will act as a hinge, and keep the whole teapot intact. (see image carousel).

Check this out!

So how do we reduce our beverage containers, that of coffee, tea hot chocolate, and anything else that needs a paper cup to carry your drink in?

SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT!

I have just the thing for you. A flask that is re-useable! but this is no ordinary flask, its outer covering has been made with recyclable material such as bamboo!

WHO ARE THEY?

Introducing ‘Global WAKEcup’ they are a re-useable brand that offers great alternatives, to your everyday throw-out cups, from Water bottles, Coffee cups, Travel mugs, and Thermos, but it doesn’t stop there they offer, Lunch bags and Backpacks and more! 

ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE!

Have I tempted you? Check them out for yourselves and see what they are all about!  Global WAKEcup

MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

Their products look good and are quite trendy too, and on top of that, you can have them personalized with any message of your choice or simply your name! and most of all in being proud, of showing that you are doing your bit in helping to protect our planet!

Bamboo coffee cup.

Here is the ‘WAKEcup bamboo coffee cup’ an alternative to single-use products!  A bestseller and a Barista and Stylist magazine pick for 2022!             

        Here are some of the features!

  • It’s Lightweight.
  • Has a Leak-proof lid.
  • Insulated interior.
  • A stainless steel lining.
  • Keeps drink hot for up to an hour.
  • With no spillage when on the go!

Here are some other super products, that are equally effective in their everyday purpose!

Personalized water bottle.
A brown backpack.
Stainless steel lunchbox.

More about the brown backpack.

It has been featured in numerous magazines, and NotOnTheHighStreet! It’s 100% vegan and made from poly-spun fibers bonded together to look like paper, but it has that leather look.
It gets better as it ages. It’s waterproof, durable, washable, and perfect for laptops and more!

Global WAKEcup is a zero-reusable brand whose mission is to end single-use plastic pollution for good! They donate 10% of their profits to the Marine conservation society, and every purchase you make helps fund vital work to protect sea life and marine habitats.

So do have a peek!

Hey there, when you click on links in this post and you make a purchase, I may earn a small commission that l can use towards resources (other than throw-outs) for project making within my website😀

(affliate disclosure)

TO CONCLUDE!

I have shown you, how you can use your ordinary cereal packaging and craft a Tea set for two!

Simply using an elaborate drawing of a teapot, and transferring it onto flattened-out packaging you can make a nifty teapot!

TO MAKE A SET!

Also, to complement the teapot I show you how to make two cups and saucers out of similar packaging, which once completed will not need painting as they already have their own style of graphics.

So is anyone ready for Tea for two?

An added note!

I would love to see your version, and then I could feature it in an update in this post!

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