I still use the original, spiral technique on many of my teapot boxes as I feel this creates a nice round shape similar to that of a real teapot - plus they're so quick and easy to make!
For my steampunk-inspired teapot boxes, I created a small pressure gauge and a mini top hat to fit in with the overall design.
First, I start with four squares cut out of thick paper or thin cardstock (I used cardstock for these photos) and one small circle.
Then I fold each square in half, and again into thirds to create a point. A simple petal shape is then cut out.
After cutting off the point to create a small circle in the middle of the flowers, I then cut one petal off one flower, two petals off another and cut a third one in half. This leaves me with one whole flower with six petals, one with five, one with four and so on down to one petal.
Next, I start to apply glue to each of the flowers and stick the two ends together, curling them as I go.
Once they are dry, I stick the circle to the underside of the flower with six petals. This forms the base.
Then I stick each of the other flower sections on in turn, finishing with the one-petal flower in the middle.
The flower is then ready to glue to the teapot lid.
Because I used card for this flower, the edges of the petals are quite jagged, and I think this creates an interesting effect, similar to that of a real flower.
I hope this inspires you. And if you make one of my teapots using my template then you really can choose to finish off the lid any way you want!