Creating A Beautiful Home

Tired Of The Same Old Drape Tie-Backs? Use Monogrammed Teacups Instead

by Serenity Harris

If you have drapes but want to add a little more creativity to the room, you might consider simply changing the tiebacks instead of the entire set of drapes. You can use many things to tie back your drapes instead of the same old tassels or expensive gold or silver clasps. One idea is to use teacups with your monogram. This guide explains how to create teacup drape holders. 

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You'll need to collect several materials to accomplish this task. So start shopping for the following items:

  • white teacups (two for each window)
  • monogram stencils (your last initial)
  • scotch tape
  • ceramic paint (your choice of color)
  • drill
  • a diamond tip drill bit
  • a black marker
  • a small paintbrush
  • goggles
  • gloves
  • fine-grit sandpaper

Choose a different color teacup if you wish. Just remember that this project works best with solid color teacups. Feel free to use teacups from a thrift store or flea market. Just make sure the handles are not glued on after being broken because the hook on the wall can place too much pressure on the handle, and it could break.

Step 2: Paint the Monograms

Attach the stencils to the center of the teacups with scotch tape. Choose the side of the cup that will show when holding the drapes back. Dip the paintbrush in the ceramic paint and then paint the exposed ceramic inside the stencil. Let the paint dry and then remove the stencil.   

Step 3: Drill the Hole

Set the cup on a piece of wood. Place the marker's tip on the inside bottom of the cup, right along where the sides meet the bottom. Draw a line around this edge in the bottom of the cut.

Put on the goggles and gloves, insert the diamond drill bit into the drill and turn it on to the lowest setting. Place small holes on the line all the way around the bottom of the cup.

When you've made it all the way around the bottom, carefully remove the bottom piece and discard it. Sand the hole with the fine-grit sandpaper to remove any rough edges or burrs.  

Step 4: Insert the Drapes

Place the bottom edge of the drapes in the cup from the top. Then pull the cup up to the desired position and place the cup's handle on the existing hook on the wall. Repeat for the other side.

If you're not the monogram type of person, choose a stencil with a pattern that you like and/or multiple paint colors. This project works best if the design is the same on each cup and matches the decor of your home.

For more information, contact House Of Drapery or a similar company.