Crafting and party planning are two of my favorite things, so when my daughter said she wanted a Beauty and the Beast theme for her 4th birthday I couldn’t be more excited!
Mrs. Potts and Chip
Project Cost: $5
My first project was to make Mrs. Potts and Chip. I started by hitting up my local Goodwill Outlet in search of a tea-pot and cup. After digging for a good half an hour, I found this topless tea pot and tea-cup. Though they aren’t exactly the same shape, they were close enough and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to find a partial set already with some beautiful gold accents. You might be thinking “Why would you buy a tea pot with no lid? That looks nothing like Mrs. Potts”, and you’d be right; however, my handy-dandy 3d printer can take care of that no problem.
I created a file and printed Mrs. Potts’ iconic lid.
I decided to keep all original gold and taped it off with painters tape. I then used a white gloss spray paint to paint both pieces. NOTE- this set is for decoration only, you should not intend to drink out of anything that has been painted!
After the paint had dried, I used a pearl acrylic to give a shiny appearance.
After they dried, I simply eyeballed the pink, purple and blue base of the tea-pot and tea-cup. I used a liquid gold leaf paint to add a few more gold accents like the top of Chip and Mrs. Potts lid.
I had considered painting a black spot for Chip’s chip, but I just loved the set as is and decided to do without. I had also debated painting on the eyes and facial details, but overall thought the set was beautiful and those details weren’t needed.
Project Cost: $7
Next up, I needed the candle guy, Lumiere. I again looked at Goodwill, but had no luck so I went to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. On Facebook Marketplace I found the perfect candelabra, in my town, for only $5. It was silver, so I spray painted it gold.
I found mini led candles on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and used a larger led candle on top that I already owned in my home.
Again, I considered the facial details, but overall decided they were not needed
Project Cost: $4
I did look at Pinterest for some ideas when I started thinking about the rose, but hated that most didn’t have the rounded dome, which was a must for me. I tried a few different Goodwill’s, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace to no avail. Finally, at my local Goodwill I found this pretty carousel horse anniversary clock. It was smaller than I had wanted, but after inspection, but I figured I would have to make it work.
I got home and immediately went to work removing the 2 screws on the bottom, then I noticed a maker’s stamp that said it was Made in Germany. I did some quick research and found out these pretty little clocks go for anywhere from $30-$100 on eBay! Score! So I carefully removed the 2 screws on the bottom, and to my delight, that is all I had to disassemble, so I could easily put it back together after the party. Then, I simply bought a $1 bouquet of fake roses from the dollar store, cut 1 stem and put it in dome.
I designed a Belle and Beast cookie cutter and decorated those as well. Those cutters are available for sale in my Etsy shop if you are interested.
The final cake table
The moral of the story? With a good imagination and access to a Goodwill, you can make anything happen!