How to make a decorative tea set*

Create collectable ceramics with Teri Muncey’s kitchenware update, in association with Tick Tock Tea

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Reinstate the ritual of afternoon tea and make sure you invite all your friends so you can show off this striking set. Made by decorating plain crockery with delicate paper shapes, we’ve used a contemporary palette of ochre yellow, slate grey and pale pink for a twist on mid-century style. You can choose any colour combo you like, but limiting it to just three shades will keep the look fresh.
Once varnished, these pieces are suitable for everyday use, but they won’t be dishwasher-safe. Yes, we know that means you’ll have to wash up, but they’re worth it.

You will need:
• Plain porcelain teapot, sugar pot and milk jug
• Tissue paper
• Scissors
• Porcelain paint
• Clear Mod Podge
• Medium paint brush
• Fine paint brush
• Baking tray
• Gloss varnish

How to make a decorative tea set

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Cut long thin triangles in each colour of your tissue paper. They don’t need to be the same size but make sure they are small enough to fit on the tea set comfortably – for each item they’ll differ in size. Save time by cutting through a few layers of tissue at a time.

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Use your medium paint brush to paint the back of each strip with Mod Podge. Press the first triangle onto your item, lining up the base of the triangle with the top or bottom of the piece. Repeat, alternating the colours equally and slightly overlapping each one as you go. Work your way around the whole of the item.

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Glaze the triangles with more Mod Podge. Cover each triangle right to the edge and leave to dry.

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Use the fine paintbrush to paint small dots in a triangle shape. Repeat, spacing evenly along the paper triangles, and leave to dry.

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Place your decorated set on a tray and bake for 20 minutes on 120°C/250°F/Gas mark ½.

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Once cool, finish each piece with a layer of varnish and leave to dry.

Teri MunceyAbout Teri Muncey
Teri’s mind is awash with new craft projects she can’t wait to sink her teeth into, inspired by even the most mundane of household objects. She works from her cosy flat and spends her free time drinking copious amounts of tea and cooking up a storm. Visit her site, The Lovely Drawer, for style inspiration, DIY ideas and more.

* This post is sponsored by Tick Tock Tea

Tick Tock Tea - Mollie MakesCrafting and a good cup of tea go hand-in-hand, so it seemed only natural for Tick Tock to team up with Mollie Makes on a series of craft projects for you to try. We encourage you to pop the kettle on, let your creativity flow freely, and make something that makes you happy! Tick Tock celebrates good craftsmanship and fun design, from its hand-harvested teas to iconic colourful packaging. Tick Tock’s naturally caffeine-free rooibos is the perfect cup for crafters to enjoy whenever inspiration hits – morning, noon and night.