Monday, August 15, 2011

An easy teapot craft

Ever see a craft project in a book that's so simple, you simply look at it and say "I can do that!" Well, I saw this one in a book the other day (and I'm sorry to say I've forgotten the name of the book), but it's basically an old teapot decoupaged with strips of fabric. You can make this in under 30 minutes, and if you're like me you've probably got everything you need to make it already!

What do you need? A teapot, obviously. I used one of those small individual-size teapots like you're often served in tea rooms. A mixture of equal parts white glue and water. Fabric. (I used a fat quarter, a common cut of fabric in quilting, and had plenty left over.)

I am so eager for fall to get here I've starting gathering fall decor, and this fabric from my stash seemed like a good choice for fall. I cut the fabric into about 1-inch strips by cutting small slits in the fabric and then tearing them so I would get the texture of a raggedy edge. I like the word "raggedy." If any of you saw "The Help" over the weekend, one of my favorite scenes is the one where the town's chief trouble-making debutante is told to get her raggedy self (I paraphrase) off Mrs. Phelan's porch. "Raggedy." Great word.

After making sure to cut the raggedy strips long enough to tuck over and under the edges of the teapot, I began soaking them in the glue-water mixture and applying them to the teapot, layering edge over edge.

I placed waxed paper under my teapot as it dried so it would be easy to remove when finished.

And there you go, an easy new floral container or planter. And when I get tired of this design, I'll bet I can just soak it right off and use the teapot again, but if not, I'm willing to sacrifice one small teapot for a good cause!





12 comments:

Kiffer said...

This is a great idea for a pot with a missing lid ,or broken teapot just cover the flaws.
Thank You for sharing
Angela

parTea lady said...

Your fabric covered teapot looks great. What a fun craft idea - thanks.

Linda J. said...

Very craf-tea and cute! I saw The Help on Saturday.

Marilyn said...

I have a few teapots that I can use for this! Even though they were cracked, I just couldn't let them go to the trash. Now I know why!♥♫

Traveling Bells said...

Too cute!!!

Susan said...

The Help is on my list to see/read.
I love the Lantana in your teapot !

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

this is a great idea!!

Marilyn said...

How fun! I can see all kinds of possibilities in this. You could have a Christmas or even a Valentine teapot and so easy.

Tea Time Designs said...

Yes, What a great idea for a missing lid teapot. Now I can shop for "lost" teapots to give them a new home.
Sharon

Ginger said...

What a neat idea! Your teapot looks great.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, Angela! I love the colors in that fabric, very rich looking. I'm looking forward to seeing The Help and for fall to arrive. Thanks for a great post,
Joanie

GardenofDaisies said...

Super cute centerpiece idea!!