Teacup Pendant Light Shades

DIY Teacup Pendant Lights

When we moved into our new house last fall, I had several projects on my list that I knew I wanted to do right way. Things that even though we couldn’t make huge changes to the house, like paint every room or redo flooring, would still make the house feel like ours.

These little teacup pendant light shades were definitely high up on my list! I had seen them here or there and thought it was such a pretty look, and so perfect for the vintage-y kitchen I’ve got planned. I love how they turned out so much! These sit over my kitchen sink, so every time I look out my window I see these sweet little cups.

Teacup Pendant Light Shades

I was really surprised at how easy they were to do too!! I was super nervous about drilling the porcelain – in fact I bought extra cups because I was just sure we were going to end up with shards of teacups everywhere. But the whole process took just a little while – and no broken cups or plates!

How to make teacup pendant light shades

I found little tiny edison bulbs too – because cute teacup shades need cute little light bulbs. :) When the light is on the whole cup glows and you can really see the pattern. It’s so pretty!

Teacup Pendant Light

So let’s get to the tutorial! I promise this isn’t scary. Even though it takes power tools and safety googles.

I was super fortunate to already have a pendant light over the sink. I just removed the shades and changed them out for these. But if you don’t have that, you’ll need to get some sort of light kit and install it according to the directions, or have an electrician install it for you.

Once your kit is installed, you’ll need to look at how the shades are fixed to the lights. On mine, the screw threads for the bulbs went through the base of the shade, so I knew that the holes in my cups had to be larger than that.

For cutting the holes, I used a diamond drill bit. I bought mine in a kit of several sizes from Amazon, because I needed them for another project as well. (affliate link)

Ceramic Drill Bit

Basically this bit cuts a hole in ceramics, porcelain, glass, tiles, etc. So cool right? You just need to keep it wet when drilling.

I used a drill press for this, it made it super easy to hold everything steady, but you can totally use a hand drill as well. If you’re using a hand drill, start the bit at a slight angle to get things going, then straighten the drill out as soon as the cup begins to be cut.

For the cup and saucer, we just added a bit of water in the base and that was enough to keep the bit wet.

Drilling holes in porcelain

Cut a hole in both your cup and saucer.

Holes drilled in tea cups

You can see how the little sleeves fit over the centers to hold the light bulbs.

Replacing Pendant Shades with Teacup

For the light bulbs, I found these mini bulbs. (again, on Amazon, yay) I didn’t want any bulbs that would be too close to the edges of the cups, I was afraid it would make the cups too hot if the bulbs took up too much space. So these were perfect!

Small Round Edison Bulb

Edison Bulb in Teacup Shade

That’s all there is to it! So easy right?? I love how they turned out!

Teacup Pendant Lights

Tea Cup Pendant Light

I’d love to know what you think!



  • Reply March 10, 2016


    These are adorable!! Really, I would love to try this! Pinning this one. :)

  • Reply March 10, 2016


    I’ve never been one to get excited about lighting, but you’ve changed that for me with these charming tea cup lights. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

  • Reply March 10, 2016


    BRILLIANT is the word here!! PLEASEEEE make some for me..i need these cuties in my life asap! Thanks for joining us at #SaucySaturday.. Pinned of course! Hope you are on instagram.. shall be tagging you soon-ish.

  • These are the cutest lights I have seen in a long time, you have the best projects!!
    I would love to have you stop by and share them on my Friday Features this week!!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply March 11, 2016


    These are precious! I wonder if I dare drill holes in my Grandmother’s tea cups and saucers? I don’t think she would care and she would love to see them used. I may have a project. Thanks for sharing your good instructions.

    Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

  • Reply March 11, 2016


    Thank you so much for linking this post up on #HomeMattersParty last week. It was picked as one of our feature posts. You can check it out at http://adventuresfrugalmom.com/home-matters-linky-party-77/. While you are there make sure to grab the I was Featured button for your sidebar so you can brag a little. Thanks for linking up and hope to see you link up again.

  • Reply March 11, 2016

    Lynda Weller

    I really like these tea cup lights. I even tried to order one at one point however the supplier ran out of stock and didn’t reorder. However I did go ahead and put a hanging light above my sink which I could easily convert to teacups. My question is what happens if you don’t have the drill and bits you used to put the holes in them? Any ideas on how to achieve this. Also where did you get the large cup and saucers from?


  • Reply March 14, 2016


    What a beautiful and unusual light. You’ve taken something pretty practical and made it into an artistic statement piece. Very nice job. I’m pinning because it’s inspiring.

  • Reply March 15, 2016


    These couldn’t be anymore darling! Love this! Just what my kitchen needs. Thanks!

  • Beautiful. Such a great way of displaying those lovely tea cups. I’m now inspired to create, thank-you!

  • Reply May 12, 2016

    Fatima Holland

    They are adorable !! I must try these !

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