A teapot is a sad sight without a lid, whether lost, stolen or smashed. There is a certain element of frustration – the pot itself is perfectly sound, yet perfectly useless without its topper. Or is it? Take a look at these 10 things to do with a lidless teapot.

Teapot with a broken lid

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1. Teapot rehab

If the lid is broken, you can start by trying to glue the pieces back together. (Duh!) The lid is not as structurally essential as the handle, meaning it’s less likely to re-break while you’re pouring and leave you with a hot mess...literally.

Teapot used to hold pens, flashlights

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2. Stuff holder

Failing a repair, the best way to repurpose a vessel that used to hold tea is as a holder of other things – like pencils (does anyone even use those anymore?), paintbrushes or kitchen utensils.

A teapot vase

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3. Vase

This calls for a little effort: A) Pour water into teapot. B) Add flowers. Great for when you’re besieged with bouquets ... or just haven’t gotten around to buying a real vase like a grownup.

Teapot lamps

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4. Lamp

Light up your life with your former teapot, transformed into an impressive-looking lamp by means of a simple socket-and-cord kit. Add a light bulb and a funky shade. Or make a hanging lamp , with the bulb emerging from the upside-down teapot.

A teapot planter

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5. Planter or cachepot

If you are of the persuasion who believes more is better when it comes to houseplants, stash a few succulents in your lidless teapot. Unglazed ceramic is best for this purpose; otherwise drill drainage holes or turn your tea urn into an elegant cachepot.

A teapot planter

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6. Mini terrarium

Toss in some potting mix and pebbles, combined with activated charcoal to keep the soil fresh. Then choose some low maintenance plants. A clear glass pot will make a fun mini terrarium; an opaque porcelain one ... not so much.

A teapot fairy garden cottage

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7. Fairy garden cottage

At the risk of sounding just too, too twee, we’re waiting to nab a cottage teapot like this one (lidless or no) to upcycle as miniature housing in our dear little fairy garden.

Birds at a tea party

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8. Birdhouse

Once the fairies are safely ensconced, build a home for another winged creature. The lidless opening of your truncated pot becomes part of a very trendy birdhouse.

Teapot tree

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9. Tree

Inspired by the shabby chic bottle trees that have become so wildly popular in the past few years, string up a lidless teapot or four on a tree in the garden. Guaranteed to raise your home’s curb appeal in the right circles.

Lidless teapot brewing

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10. Futanashi kyusu

Futanashi kyusu means literally, well, lidless teapot. The Japanese often deliberately brew flavorful tea blends in an open pot. This gives an excitingly intense aroma. Drink it while it’s hot!

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This story was originally written by Laura Firszt  for Networx and was republished with permission here.