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Great Recycle Ideas For Old Tea Pots

Why chuck those old tea pots or pitchers that have been lying around since forever, neat trinkets can be made out of them, especially if they only hav...

 

Why chuck those old tea pots or pitchers that have been lying around since forever, neat trinkets can be made out of them, especially if they only have minor damage. Tea pots that are completely shattered of course are better off being swept up into the bin. It always seemed a shame to me whenever one of my tea pots develops a crack or the spout breaks off or the shellac wore down and damaged the design. Tea pots/pitchers represent coziness and the comfort and safety one can find in a home. Considering all the joy they’ve brewed for me, seems the least I could do is find a retirement home of some sort for them.

As Indoor/Outdoor Ornament

It’s a belief that water fountains require large space. However, it is not always so, and a fountain can be small yet beautiful. In fact, you can make a teapot fountain yourself that can be decorated anywhere inside or outside your home. Logically, a teapot water fountain will require less space and time since you can make it in an hour.

You can beautify your patch of land use old tea pots/pitcher as cute alternatives to flower pots or ornaments in your garden or in your house. Depending on the kind of vegetation, you might want to drill a few holes in the bottom so any excess water can drain or you could use your old tea pot as vases for real or artificial flowers. You might want to half-bury one and stick a fairy or butterfly figuring on top to add color to a garden in winter, or just simply to make your garden look unique and inviting.

As A Coin Bank

This is an especially good retirement job for animal shaped teapots or tea tops that are relatively small. They can be pretty little keepers for all the loose pocket change that rolls around in handbags, coats and lies around counter tops. Some people like to keep rubber bands or paper clips, pins, or any loose odds and ends that you don’t know where to place. Try to place any old tea pots used for coin banks low enough so you don’t have to lift them up or handle them. Picking them up when full might completely shatter them. Try to use old teapots/pitcher with a mouth wide enough to stick your hand in.

As A Spell Component

Those who follow a pagan faith like Wicca make use of spell components to help make effective spells. You can practice magic without having to be of a particular faith or use it as party game or toasting game when you entertain. You might use an old tea pot to “brew” a wish into fruition, such as when you start a new business or relationship. Old tea pots are full of associations of good times and nourishing, comforting tea, so those associations will make the old tea pot a magnet for positive vibes.

As A Collectable

A teapot collection should not be hidden away in a closet. You should display your teapots/pitchers in a way that shows their delicate lines and beautiful patterns. The Teapots should be repaired if you choose to make them part of your interior design, but you can always hide chips or fine cracks by only showing the “good side” of that particular item. Old tea pots can blend in any room. Many teapots are like small works of art, and should be enjoyed for more then brewing tea. There are many ways to display your teapots that will highlight their charm.

Little Girls And The Popular Tea Party Game

 

Giving gifts to a young girl can be pretty challenging but you can’t go wrong with a toy tea party set. A Tea set has many aspects to interest that most girls use as a learning tool of social rituals and decorum. The small size of the toy tea party sets fit into little hands perfectly, making the set more “theirs” rather than the cumbersome kettle and cups of the adults. Doll Tea sets made especially for dolls as part of the collecting world, are often made with more care and detail adult sets.

How Old Is The Doll Tea Set?

1600’s when tea was not only becoming fashionable in European society, but also more easily available the first recorded toy tea sets were in Germany. Porcelain or china was what the first toy sets were most likely made out of. It is not known if children from Orient played a child’s version of the elaborate tea rituals of their respective countries, but since children are so imitative, there probably were. The sets either were a mismatched hodge-podge of materials found anywhere to serve as props or no one bothered to save the toy sets.

The Faience Museum of Sarregumines in France put on an exhibition of toy tea party sets, “Marvelous Dinettes”, in 2000. They displayed good over 80 sets in porcelain and faience which is a kind of tin-glazed pottery. These sets were often hand painted with intricate designs of figures and scenes. There is no room for an identification mark, signature or brand name since the sets are so small unlike other collectables. The highlights of the exhibit were of course the silver and gold toy tea party sets.

The Industrial Revolution And The Era Of Plastic

Before the industrial revolution in the late 1800’s it was very expensive to get a tea set for a child or a child’s doll. After the revolution, the price of toy tea sets became more affordable. At the 1855 Universal Exhibition, the toy tea sets caused quite a sensational demand and soon every kid had to have one. When plastic entered the picture of everyday living in 1865, the prices of sets went down even further.

Today, a toy tea party set is considered a classic children’s toy that almost all children, especially girls, grew up with. You learned coordination, decoration and how punish any hyperactive boys who were forced to play with you after losing a game. It was also something you could play with your dolls or stuffed animals and sometimes imaginary friends that really looked like the toys appreciated. You also got a chance to play grown up when the adults had their own tea parties.