craft · crafting · deals · DIY · Recycle · Repurpose · shabby country · teacup · teapot · upcycle

Tea-Pot Bird House

Do you have a tea-pot that has a crack, chip or missing the lid?  Why not make a bird house !!  If you follow my blog, you know I am addicted to this drill bit by Hitachi, found at your local hardware store.  This drill bit works great on ceramics and glass and comes in many sizes, and it seems to never dull, my bits are about 3 years old.

fg4

Supplies needed:

  • Teapot
  • Drill Bit
  • Water (optional)
  • Moss

I drill ceramics and glass under water, keeps the bit cool and avoids cracks and breakage.  I also like to put a piece of packing tape on the area I am going to drill, so the bit doesn’t slip off my target.  I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tea-pot and added some nesting material, moss, and hung from a tree.  I had my binoculars ready, waiting for my new friends to move in and one moved in, but not what I expected.  How did he get in there?

fg-coll

fg7

Last August I posted another use for your tea-pots in the garden, I couldn’t wait to bring it back out this year.  http://www.aponytailkindofday.com/2012/08/13/garden-tea-party/

Have an ugly stump in your yard?  Why not use it for a planter?

fg1

craft · crafting · DIY · Recycle · Repurpose · teacup · teapot · upcycle

make a teapot lamp

Do you have mismatched china, or a teapot without a lid?  Why not make a lamp?  I saw an article on Pinterest on how to rewire a thrift store lamp, and thought I would give it a shot.  I went to Lowe’s and bought a lamp kit, about $8.00, and a lampshade at Target for about $8.00.  I drilled a hole through 2 plates, a teacup, bowl and a teapot, and wired the lamp.

It is really simple to wire a lamp, the only hard part was securing it to the cup.  When I glued the china parts together, I covered the top of the cup with a lid of a bell jar, to secure the top pf the lamp.  My first few lamps are a bit wobbly on top, but I have improved, and have 2 to make for gifts.

My favorite part of making lamps is how creative you can be.

The finished product sits on my bedside table, where it adds a cheerful touch to the room.