Monday, May 11, 2009

What can you do with a broken teapot?

When I was recently interviewed about the making of What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?, I was asked what you can do to reuse broken dishes instead of throwing them away. I thought I'd share the answer with you- here is what I like to do!

A few weeks ago my sweet little teapot cracked. Not all on its own mind you, I sort of dropped it in the dishwasher. You can't really see it here, but there was a thin crack down the side that kept it from holding water.

Sad as I was to do it, I got out my hammer and broke it up into little bits. This is not really an activity for kids, but a good way for grown-ups to get out some tension.

I put the bits into a flower pot to help the soil drain,

and filled it with marigolds.

My poor teapot is no more, but at least these cheerful marigolds now have a home.


r garriott said...

A good idea and thank you!

When my plates and other ceramics get broken, I like to just place the pieces in the garden to add bright bits of color (especially nice for the non-blooming months). Sometimes it's like an archeological find, or if there's big piece, like half a dinner plate, I'll stick it in the ground upright. One recent addition had a multi colored rim, so now I have a mini-rainbow sitting in the woodruff.

Anna Alter said...

Great idea! Now I wish I had a garden...