Christmas is a really expensive time. There are so many gifts to buy which adds up to a considerable amount of money.
However, Not everything has to cost the earth. We Can actually give really special gifts In a cost-effective way.
It’s all about being creative and using your resources. Plus homemade gifts can be much more special. Its shows that you put thought into your gift and that means more than the price tag.
Here we have a simple upcycle gift that’s perfect for the lady who loves everything vintage and shabby chic.
Vintage inspired Jewellery stand made with vintage Queen Ann Tea set
Tea set brought from Auction as part of a huge box full of china for £3
First choose a selection of vintage style saucers and side plates these must descend in size (around 3 is good) you will also need a tea cup and 2 Miniature Glasses for example… Sherry glasses.
Other items you will need is a glue brush and some good strong Adhesive (I’m using Mosaic adhesive).
Make sure all your saucers, glasses and tea cup are clean. Also be sure to check your chosen china isn’t some vintage Antique find that’s worth a small fortune.
Right now to assemble your jewellery stand.
Step one… Start with the largest of your 3 plates and chose a glass. Stand your glass upside down and glue around the the bottom of your glass. Now carefully place your saucer/plate decorated side down, on top of the base of the glass being sure to place the base in the centre.
Be patient and hold firmly for a few minutes.
Wipe of any excess glue that may have come out from the sides of your glass onto your saucer.
Step two… Once you feel the plate is now strong enough stand up the right way so it looks as though the glass is just stood in the centre of your side plate. Now very carefully glue around the glasses rim and place your second plate that is smaller than your first on top of the glass. This time you are gluing the glass to the centre base of the plate. Again hold firmly and wipe of any excess glue.
Step 3… Once your plate is strong enough take your second glass and add the glue to the rim of the glass. Now place onto the centre of your plate. This can only be stuck to the decorated side of your plate. Hold and wipe of excess glue.
Step 4… Now glue the rim of the same glass and place the base of your smallest saucer on top.
Step 5… Lastly glue the base of your chosen tea cup and place it on top of your plates decorated side.
To finish add a pretty vintage gift tag tired with twine and dangle from the teacups handle.
This blog post is an entry into the Tots100/Experience Days Christmas Craft Competition”