So I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog lately, and the fact that I’m still injured, and I’ve decided that in order to continue to enjoy my blog world as well as the doll world, I need to set some parameters for myself.
The thing is, I’ve always prided myself on going the extra mile, creating these mega projects, Mars Habitat, Rainforest house, Grace’s bakery, etc. even the mega dollhouse. However, being injured as I am has been a huge struggle for me in that my mindset became, since I can’t go the extra mile, I might as well not do it at all.
What kind of thinking is that??!! I mean, even writing that makes me cringe at myself, but that’s exactly how I started to feel, and it was putting a damper on absolutely everything in my life! It became, well since I can’t have a spotless house, why even try? Since I can’t wear my nice clothes (I’ve been restricted since any fabric even remotely touching my leg was uncomfortable) then I will just wear this ratty old tshirt nightgown for the rest of my life.
Or my personal favourite, since I can’t write a thousand words a day, I just won’t write anything at all. That mentality was starting to seep into everything in my life. I wasn’t sewing or creating anymore. I wasn’t writing. I stopped cooking. Everything went the wayside because it wasn’t worth it if it couldn’t be perfect. Ha!
So let’s just chuck that in the garbage, shall we? Here’s what I’m going to do instead. Bite-sized pieces. No more major projects, or at least not at this time. For now, and as I continue to heal, I’m going to just create whatever little thing I fancy, and not worry about it being some grand design. I want to prove that small projects can be just as much fun as grandiose ones. Making what I can manage will allow me to heal, but also help me get back to what I love, and that’s creating for our dolls!
So what do you say? Want to make some random little doll teapots with me today? Lol! 😊
Here’s what you need:
Headache pill bottle, empty.
You will also need:
Small wood beads
Diamond shape bead
Juice pull tab
Exacto blade (parental supervision required)
First, you must remove the label from the pill bottle. We used goo gone for this, but hot soapy water works too. Next, you must remove the top of the pill bottle where the threads are. We used an Exacto blade. Parental supervision required. However, afterward we realized that we could just use the bottom of the pill bottle too which is why we ended up making two teapots.
Discard the piece with the threads. Then cut your pill bottle in half using the Exacto blade. I mark the halfway point all the way around, and then cut carefully. My teapots are about 2.3cm, or just under an inch high with a diameter of about 3.5cm, or nearly 1.5 inch.
Next, snip the ring from the juice pull tab and cut it in half.
Using hot glue, fix the flat juice tab to the top of the pill bottle. Hot glue one half of the pull tab ring to either side. Adhere the perler bead on top with hot glue as well.
Trim down the handles on either side.
Next, put a large blob of hot glue where you want your teapot spout to be. Let it cool a little, then adhere the diamond bead to the side of the teapot.
I know the big blob of hot glue looks terrible now, but don’t worry! It will get better! Lol! 😅
You can now connect the handle. The first teapot we made, we used a long bead, and just hot glued it in place. If you don’t have any beads you can just use half of the pull tab ring as your full teapot handle. Anything goes here really.
The second teapot we made, we used small wooden beads and a bit of wire paper clip.
Hot glue beads onto a piece of the paper clip.
Once all the beads are on there, trim the paper clip wire and hot glue the beaded handle piece in place.
These turned out so cute, and actually pretty sturdy! All that is left is paint! We chose a rose gold colour, but you can paint them whatever colour you want. We use paint brushes, but you can use spray paint if you like. We left the round wooden beads on the second teapot in their natural colour.
Coffee Pot (camp style)
What you need:
Straw medium to jumbo slurpee
Juice pull tab
Start by cutting the straw on a diagonal as shown.
You should end up with a piece like this.
Snip the ring from the juice pull tab and cut it in half. Save half for the pot handle.
I knew I saved all these juice tabs for a reason! Lol! Little Miss also likes using them as plates for her Littlest Pet Shop pets.
Assemble your thread spool coffee pot with hot glue as shown.
Use the flat juice tab for the lid, the angled straw for the spout, the pull tab ring for the handle and the perler bead on top.
We have this Our Generation camp coffee pot in both silver and blue, so we decided to paint ours the same rose gold as the teapots.
Be sure to give your pots two coats of paint at least. We stuck ours on a dowel to paint it easier. Let it dry, and you’re done!
Make as many as you want in any colour you want!
Let us know in the comments what you think! I love the simplicity of this little craft, and I’m looking forward to more simple crafts just like it!
I do hope everyone is staying safe, and I hope that we could bring a bit of a smile on these dark days. We love you guys! This is, and always will be our happy place, our place to unwind, and enjoy the little things. I hope it is for you too.
That’s all for now! Keep smiling, and have a crafty kind of day! 😊
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