Tea sets are a quintessential toy for young children.  Not only does it encourage make believe play it is also a great way to teach what my mother called “table” manners.

Although tea is said to have been discovered in China during the San Huang period (3000-2700 BC), the very thought of tea makes me think of 4 pm and Royal Albert tea sets.  How is that for branding!

As a busy Mom I’m always looking for fun projects that my daughter can play with on her own; so I was thrilled when I came across a paint-your-own tea set at The World Market.  I’ve since learned that you can find them at various times throughout the year at Hobby  Lobby and Kids R Us.  You can also find them online.  Amazon usually yields a few choices ranging between $8 and $15 plus shipping.

However, this was so fun it became a Family Fun activity.  The World Market kit came with paint and a paint brush so Peyton and I took turns painting our designs.  The paint was a little different than the water color paint Peyton usually uses so we layered it on and generally got it everywhere.  Once everything is painted, wait 24 hours to let the paint fully dry and then bake the set to cure the paint.

My daughter loves that she has an art project she can actually use and is always serving up diet coke tea!  Yummy!  On side note diet coke tea goes extremely well with pink feather boas.

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  2. leann says:

    We have the same set and have lost the instructions. How long to do you bake and at what temp?? Thanks

  3. Tami says:

    Hi Leann,

    I’ve looked for the instructions and couldn’t find them…but I think it was 325 or 350 for about 30 minutes. Then we left them overnight before using them.

    Good luck!

  4. Sarah says:

    Hi Tami,

    Thinking that I had lost the directions to the World Market Paint My Own Tea Set I set out to look for an answer online. I came across your website. Later that day I found the directions under a stack of papers. I just thought you might like to know that the baking instructions are 25 min at 300. I’m not really sure that baking them at a slightly higher temp would really mater but I thought I’d be nice and pass on my info.


  5. Tami says:

    Thanks so much Sarah! Peyton is still using and loving them!

  6. Beth says:

    I’m so glad I found this website. We too have this tea set and when we opened the box there were no instructions inside. I am assuming the paint needs to dry before baking. Thanks again for having the answer.

  7. Tami says:

    Hi Beth,

    Yes we let the set dry overnight before baking them which may have been pure laziness on my part.

    So much fun!

  8. Marian says:

    You guys are the best! We lost our directions too. Thanks so much for posting!!!

  9. amanda tatman says:

    you guys are a lifesaver! i am usually really good at keeping track of instructions, but these ones got away from me. thanks!

  10. Tami says:

    Glad we could help Amanda! My daughter is 7 now and still, on occasion, uses her tea set.

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