HOW TO USE A VINTAGE TEAPOT IN YOUR DECOR
Does this sound familiar?
You have an old teapot that you never use for drinking tea, but it has sentimental value so you keep it around….
Someone (that shall not be mentioned) dropped the lid and now you are wondering what can you do with a lidless teapot?
You are looking for a centerpiece idea but it has to be both quick and easy, but also a bit special and unique?
You are into vintage style floral arrangements, but you are wondering how to make a floral arrangement with just a few flowers that will fit in with your decor?
You are looking for a mother’s day decoration that also makes a perfect gift, and your mom loves fresh flowers?
If any or all of these situations even sound vaguely familiar I have the post for you.
Let’s make a unique floral arrangement and make a teapot centerpiece.
the Perfect (Vintage) Teapot to Use as a Vase
This one is easy. Just about any teapot, rustic kettle or coffee pot will work. Chips, dents, blemishes, broken off handles or spouts, missing lids: it all doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t leak your teapot will make a perfect vase.
You can use modern or vintage, rustic or elegant, and porcelain or silver teapots. Go with the one you like and choose your flowers to match your teapot and the rest of your decor. More on choosing the right kind of flowers for a teapot centerpiece later.
I used a metal teapot that is aspiring to be silver. It looks a bit like a real vintage silver teapot but it definitely isn’t. It is also no longer usable for making tea because it has a big hole in the top and rust on the inside of the spout. The matching sugar bowl is equally damaged and no longer fit for use.
But they are perfect to be used for a little teapot vase centerpiece and together they make a lovely flower arrangement for my table.
I love using vintage (or simply old) tableware as creative containers for a fresh flower arrangement. It ads a bit of sentimental value and makes the floral arrangement a bit more unique and original. And since the vase is already a point of interest, the flowers can be fairly simple and easy going.
Speaking about flowers in teapots….
What flowers to Use in a Teapot Centerpiece
A teapot vase has a few properties to take into consideration when you pick your flowers for your floral arrangement.
A teapot vase is rather low but has an uncommon width for a vase. To get the dimensions of your flower arrangement right you have to make sure your flowers do not stick out to high above your teapot, but also that they have enough volume to counter balance the ‘weight’ of your teapot.
This means that you have to choose flowers that look good with no stems or only very short stems. Typically you want the flowers to form a compact, round design. Think of a posie of peonies, roses or ranunkels. Flowers that all look good when you kind of squeeze them together.
You will cut the stems so that the blooms of the flowers sit just above the neck of the container. With a teapot, the opening is not as wide as a typical vase, so you will not need a lot of flowers to get a nice full look.
To help balance your flowers with the shape of your kettle or teapot it helps to add some flowers that bring airyness to the bouquet and that add volume without making it heavy. Those kind of flowers are called filler flowers (for a very obvious reason….)
I used the loose blooms of a lady’s mantle plant to compliment my roses. Baby’s breath, Astilbe or Solidago would have worked too. Look for filler flowers that compliment your main flowers and that add that touch of airiness to your bouquet.
How to arrange flowers
Now we can go on with the fun part. Arranging flowers in a teapot vase is basically the same as always.
Start by cleaning your container with fresh water and a drop of chlorine (if necessary). This way there are no germs lurking in there and your flowers will last longer.
Next fill the vase with clear water and an adequate amount of flower food (check for the ratio water to food on the packaging).
Cut your flower stems to size at an angle with a clean knife or garden sheers. I always hold the flower next to my vase in the right angle to see where to cut. Remember cut it a bit long at first, you can always cut it shorter afterwards.
Remove all leaves and thorns off the flowers that will fall below the water line.
I usually start with my main flowers first, and then add in the filler flowers. But if you are working with a real wide mouth vase (not a teapot then), it can help to start with the filler flowers and use them to keep your main flowers in place.
Make sure the flowers are evenly spread and in a loose bouquet keep the same flowers from touching each other: use the filler flowers to keep them apart. Of course this rule is obsolete if your are going for a dense, compact posy floral design.
Check your flower arrangement from different angles, make adjustments and Done!
I placed my vintage teapot flower arrangement in front of a mirror to double the fun and impact of my centerpiece.
How Do you Decorate with a Teapot
Well, how do you…..
You put flowers in teapots and make a unique centerpiece. A new teapot with some carefully chosen flowers is not only a perfect table decoration but it also makes a perfect gift for the person in your life that loves both flowers and tea. So I think it is more than apt that this post is just in time for mother’s day because I think this would make a great mother’s day gift.
I love my vintage teapot centerpiece and it was such an easy decoration to create.
Have you used teapots or other tableware as vases? Let me know! I love to hear from you.
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