How to Make a Lamp Out of Cups and Saucers

Lamps serve as more than just a source of light for a room, they also act as a decorative feature. The style of lamp you use to illuminate a room should complement the design of the space. With a little creativity, you can create a one-of-a-kind lamp for your home. For a country chic style, transform cups and saucers into the base of a lamp. Purchase a collection of matching cups and saucers in a specific style, or use a collection of mismatched cups. With a lamp hardware kit and a few other supplies, you can create a cup and saucer lamp.

Cups and saucers can double as decorative lamps.

Step 1

Choose a collection of tea cups and saucers to use for your lamp base. You'll need four saucers and three tea cups.

Step 2

Place a saucer on a flat surface. Apply permanent glue, such as epoxy, to the base of one of the tea cups. Set the base of the tea cup onto the saucer and hold it in place for about 1 minute to form a bond between the cup, the saucer and the glue.

Step 3

Apply glue around the rim of the tea cup. Place the base of another saucer on top of the tea cup. Hold the tea cup in place for about 1 minute to form a bond between the cup, the saucer and the glue.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you have the last saucer glued on top of the tower of cups and saucers. Allow the cups and saucers 24 hours to completely dry.

Step 5

Drill a hole in the lower side of the bottom tea cup with a glass cutting drill bit. Wipe off any residue caused by the drilling with a damp cloth.

Step 6

Drill a hole through the center of the tower of cups and saucers with a class cutting drill bit. Wipe any residue away with a damp cloth.

Step 7

Insert the wire from the lamp kit through the hole on the side of the bottom tea cup. Feed the wire through the hole in the center of the remaining cups and saucers.

Step 8

Attach the lamp socket to the end of the wire that extends out of the top of the tower of cups and saucers.

Step 9

Follow the instructions supplied with the lamp kit to attach the remaining hardware to the lamp.

Step 10

Top the shade holder with a lamp shade. A gingham or fringed lamp shade will complement the country chic look of this lamp, though you can use any type of lamp shade you wish.


  • Wear protective goggles and gloves while drilling to avoid injury.

About the Author

Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.