Hello, beautiful friends!! I’ve pulled out one of my favorite DIY projects to share with you today! This teapot garden art is so whimsical and fun!
With Mother’s Day not too far off, this is a perfect project to share since it would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift!
Before we get to it, we had a lovely vacation last week in Key West! It was so nice to get away and unwind. It was also our first vacation without Jack, but we managed to have fun anyway.
Here are a few pics…
It was full of sunshine, sea breezes, and lots (and lots) of food! Ha ha! Isn’t that always the best part of a vacation? That photo in the center was our view from our balcony…I sure could wake up to that every day!
And I could have kept taking photos of all the cute houses…my dream, a cozy beach cottage!
Now I need to transition back into work mode ha ha! While I share a couple of old favorites this week, I’m also taking advantage of this time to get our landscape ready for the warm days ahead.
Teapot Garden Art
Now, let’s get to it!
There was a time when if you asked me what project I received the most emails about, I would say hands down, my Sew Easy Outdoor Cushion Covers tutorial. It’s a fantastic tutorial from 2013 when my blog was just a wee baby, sharing how easy it is to cover those worn out cushions for a fraction of the cost of new ones. Back then, I shared more of our outdoor spaces and projects to go with them. I eventually transitioned into doing mostly thrifty makeovers, which of course is my favorite!
The second project I would get the most emails about was this teapot garden art:
I shared it as part of my Front Yard Garden Tour, also in 2013, and I had countless requests for the tutorial.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t my own creation. I purchased it from a local craft market.
So, I finally decided to see if I could replicate it to share the how-to, and I did it!
How cute is this bunny teapot??
It would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, right??
What You’ll Need
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To get started, you’ll need the following supplies, most of which I found at the Home Depot:
- Two garden stakes
- 1/2″ Copper piping cut to the lengths shown
- Clear bud vase
- Cup and saucer
- Tea Spoon
- Teapot with lid and a large enough bottom to fit flange
- 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 in a pack of five at the Home Depot near the lighting, but this only requires one.)
- Cotton ball (not pictured)
- Cotton Swab (not pictured)
- Glue gun/ glue (not pictured)
- Fine fishing line
and one of these:
My hubby calls it a tubing cutter. This is what I used to cut the copper piping, which made it super easy.
Let’s Get Started!
The first step is to add a 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 and 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, but you could probably get lucky at the thrift store. 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.
Insert the extra fishing line through the spout of the teapot, then insert the cotton ball into the spout from the inside:
This will secure the prism in place. 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 at least 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 may 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.
I found this teapot at a thrift store for $2.25 and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it when I found it…
Here is the view from the back:
This was in our front garden at our old house…
I’m so happy to finally have a tutorial to share! I originally linked to the site for the gals I purchased this from, but it is no longer active.
The total cost for this project was around $36 with my thrifted teapot being such a deal.
This should last for years and years outdoors, although we did bring ours in during the winter months. Unfortunately, the bunny teapot broke when it fell out of my hands as I was carrying it indoors to clean it, but sharing this has me wanting to make another!
I hope you enjoyed a sweet outdoor project today!
If so, you might like what I did with this tea kettle also!
See it HERE now!
I’ll be back with something else fun for Thursday!
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