Whether you enjoy regular tea parties, partake in an occasional cup of tea or are an avid teapot collector, making crafts with a teapot theme simply adds to the appeal of teapots. A cup of tea is warm and welcoming and the teapot has become symbolic of this. Use a variety of different craft techniques to create whimsical, decorative and functional teapot crafts.
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Create a paper stand-up teapot for a shelf or tabletop using scrapbooking papers and embellishments for a tea party or entertaining. Find a template online that you can download for the basic shape or create one based on a favourite teapot. Use printed scrapbooking papers to match the theme of your party or decor and add jewels, beads, buttons and stickers, and add a favourite poem. For a more formal gathering, make individual place cards with personalised messages for each guest. Create invitations to the get-together to match the theme and set the mood.
Crochet or sew tea cosies in the shape of your teapots, in coordinating or contrasting colours. The cosy will add warmth to the atmosphere of your gathering while keeping the tea itself warm. Quilt teapot print fabrics to make coasters and place mats and runners for the table and buffet. Stitch embroidered pictures, which are available in cross-stitch and crewel embroidery at craft stores and online. Frame them to form a grouping on the wall of your dining room or kitchen. Draw a simple outline of a teapot and copy it onto a piece of muslin or linen. Frame it in an embroidery hoop and use simple outline stitches to create a rustic teapot wall hanging.
Pick up old teapots that might be missing a lid at flea markets and yard sales. Turn them into decorative planters by inserting smaller plastic potted plants with drainage holes inside them. Use them as vases for cut or silk flower arrangements. Tie a decorative ribbon and teapot-shaped hang tag on the handle to identify the plant or as a gift tag. Make decorative garden art by gluing stacked teapots, cups and saucers together to create a bird feeder. Alternatively, stack them together and drill a hole through them to thread an electric lamp kit through it. Top it with a pretty shade for a distinctive teapot lamp.
Polymer Clay Crafts
Create one-of-a-kind ornaments with plain glass globe ornaments and some polymer clay. Make an assortment of teapot handles, spouts, lids and bases with polymer clay canes and apply them to the surface of the glass ornaments. Add bits of clay to decorate the glass ornament and bake according to package directions. These are lovely holiday gifts for teachers, friends and coworkers who enjoy a cup of tea. Personalise them with a handmade teapot gift tag. Alternatively, make miniature clay teapots and turn them into earrings or bracelet charms. Borrow from the idea of wine glass charms by making clay teacup charms in a variety of colours and styles for your next tea party.
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