Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots


Budget Friendly Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots for Tea Party Decor

upcycled thrift store teapots

A few years ago I was obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I decorated for.  I planned it for several months because I like to get the creative juices flowing in advance! I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

Tips for Thrift Store Shopping

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

thrift store teapots

Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

thrift store teapots makeover

Use Spray Paint to Match the Party Decor

All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats). 

thrift store teapots party centerpiece

Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

painted thrift store teapots

This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

upcycled thrift store tea party teapots

So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this!

After the festivities you can turn the teapots into repurposed bird feeders!

Clean Birdbaths or Bird Feeders with Vinegar


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This article was updated and improved from May 2014.

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  1. man, i wish you would’ve posted this earlier, i too am having my daughter a 15th birthday (quinceanera) in June and the theme is Vintage Alice in Wonderland tea party… i passed up soooo many “ugly colored” teapots thinking they wouldnt fit in… now i may reconsider and go back… gold or white, even copper would look sooo cute! thanks for sharing, i always enjoy your creativity 🙂

    1. How exciting Ceci! What a great right of passage for your daughter. I’d love to see the pictures! Great idea using other colors. Your right, copper would be fantastic too! Thank you for stopping by; I appreciate your support!

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