|Cracked Tea Pot Upcycled fourelevenrox blog|
A Facebook follower sent me a cute tea pot. It was cracked and headed to the landfill. She had hoped I could salvage it instead.
Of course, the first thing I did was turn to Pinterest where I saw lots of ideas for the garden including a bird feeder, bird house or planter.
I wasn't sure I wanted either of those. I really wanted to break it completely and create a scene inside. But I was too chicken.
THEN, I saw an imaginative steampunk elephant! My style isn't steampunk, but I loved the idea of turning the tea pot upside down.
So using what I had on hand, I went to work!
|supplies I had on hand....I also added moss|
Gold Paint (waterproof)
Eileen's Ultimate Craft Glue
I used scrap paper, folded, to cut out a basic ear shape. I included a tab to fold down against the pot.
Once I had my pattern, I folded a piece of the metal and used the pattern to cut it out. It was all one piece. I cut it in half to form 2 ears.
|Scrap paper ear template, opened. I cut it on a fold|
I turned the tea pot upside down, added moss to the base (now top) and placed the lid on the moss forming a little hat. Then, I used the poster putty - I use poster putty for EVERYTHING. Great tool to have for temporary adhesion. Using the poster putty, I experimented with eye (buttons) placement and ear placement. I used silver buttons painted black because at first I wasn't sure what color I wanted the ears and eyes.
Here's what he looked like before I painted the ears and eyes using waterproof paint that would adhere to metal and glued everything into place.
|rough draft foureleverox blog tea pot upcycle project|
Using Eileen's Ultimate glue, I folded the ear tabs and glued the ears down. I also glued the moss, lid and eyes using the same glue. It is waterproof and weather resistant.
And here he is...My altered cracked tea pot transformed into an elephant garden Whimsy!
|Cute idea for a cracked tea pot! (fourelevenrox blog)|
|Upcycled Tea Pot Elephant fourelevenrox blog|
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