Happy Thursday, amazing Friends!! I might be sitting back relaxing on a beach somewhere today, but I wouldn’t miss giving you your biweekly dose of creative inspiration!
I pulled this project out of my archives because it is THE perfect Mother’s Day gift! That is if she has an outdoor space.
Several years ago I bought a cute teapot garden feature at a craft market. I shared a photo of it as part of my Front Yard Garden Tour that year, and had countless requests for the tutorial. After giving it a good looking over, I created one of my own so I could share how you can make one too!
Here is my version:
Cute, right? With all the adorable teapots floating around out there, imagine the possibilities! I found this one a thrift store for $2, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.
To get started, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Two garden stakes
- 1/2″ Copper piping cut to the lengths shown
- Clear bud vase (thrift store)
- Cup and saucer (HomeGoods)
- Tea Spoon (thrift store)
- Teapot with lid and a large enough bottom to fit flange (thrift store)
- 1/2″ Galvanized floor flange (or copper if you can find one)
- 1/2″ 45 degree Copper Elbow ( a sweet reader said it is called a “short sleeve” elbow)
- 1/2″ Copper Male Adapter
- E6000 Glue
- Crystal Prism (I found this pack of five in the lighting section at Home Depot, but this only requires one…also available at Hobby Lobby.)
- Cotton ball (not pictured)
- Cotton Swab (not pictured)
- Glue gun/ glue (not pictured)
- Fine fishing line (not pictured)
and one of these:
My hubby calls it a tubing cutter. This is what I used to cut the copper piping, super easy!
Let’s Get Started!
The first step is to add little E6000 glue, using a cotton swab, to the threads of the male adapter, and then screw it into the floor flange. Then also using a cotton swab, add glue to smaller rim of the elbow:
Then insert it into the male adapter. Set them aside to dry.
Next grab your cup and saucer. Apply E6000 glue to the bottom of the cup.
Glue to the saucer. Then apply glue to the spoon back and the backside of the top of the spoon handle, and attach it to the saucer.
I found this cup and saucer at Homegoods for $3.99. The spoon was a thrift store find.
Set aside to dry. Replace the gold wire in one of the prisms with fine fishing line, so it will appear more water-like. Leave about six inches of thread attached at the top.
Grab your teapot and the cotton ball. Apply E6000 to the cotton ball.
There you have it, a picture of a cotton ball with glue on it. What can I say, I like to be thorough. Insert the extra fishing line through the spout of the teapot, then insert the cotton ball into the spout from the inside:
This small cavity will be filled with hot glue once the E6000 dries. Now you can glue the lid of your teapot in place.
Once the glue has dried, fill the spout opening with hot glue. You will need to hold it at an angle so that it will not drip out, until it firms up, about 5-7 minutes.
Find a container that will hold your teapot upside down. I used a Rubbermaid container. Apply E6000 glue to the bottom of the flange and attach to the bottom of the teapot, with the elbow angled toward the spout like so:
Next, turn your cup and saucer upside down and glue the bud vase to the bottom.
That’s pretty much it! Allow both pieces to dry overnight.
Install it Properly
To install your beautiful new creation, first hammer in the garden stake, then apply the copper piping over it. DO NOT HAMMER THE COPPER as it will become distorted and your teapot will not attach to the fitting properly.
This is not glued in place, for easier storage if you decide to remove it during the winter months. Position the stake for the cup and saucer centered directly below the dangling crystal. The bud vase should easily slip over the copper piping.
Here is the view from the back:
This was in my front garden at our last house. Oh how I do miss my garden!
That wasn’t too bad, right? The total cost for this was a bit more than I would usually spend on such a project, even with a thrift store teapot, bud vase, and spoon. Out of pocket I spent around $36 for this, but it’s totally worth it! Wouldn’t this make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day?
Meet me back here on Tuesday to see what became of these $2 estate sale spindles:
UPDATE: See what I did with them HERE now!
Ok I have to get back to my vacation now…ya’ll have a wonderful weekend and I hope the weather is treating you kindly wherever you are! 🙂
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