How to Make a Flower Pot From a Tea Cup

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How to Make a Flower Pot From a Tea Cup
Tea cups and saucers can make decorative flower pots. (Childs Tea Cup image by Keith Biros from

Grow herbs, plants and flowers with shallow roots in tea cups on your kitchen window sill. You can make decorative teacup planters from porcelain or ceramic tea cups with one slight modification. These small flower pots take up very little space while adding vibrant colour and style to your room’s decor. Find tea cups and saucers at local thrift stores, at yard sales and in your own cupboard.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Towel
  • Tea cup
  • Masking tape
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch ceramic drill bit
  • Glass cleaner
  • Coffee filter
  • Potting soil
  • Plant

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  1. 1

    Cover a flat work surface with a towel. Place the tea cup upside down on top of the towel. The towel will help prevent the tea cup from sliding around as you drill and will help prevent the cup rim from becoming scratched.

  2. 2

    Cover the bottom of the cup with masking tape, to keep the drill bit from sliding on the slick ceramic or porcelain.

  3. 3

    Drill one 1/2-inch drainage hole through the bottom centre of the cup. The drainage hole is not absolutely necessary, but most plants prefer not to have wet feet, and proper drainage is a must.

  4. 4

    Clean the cup with glass cleaner, removing all drilling debris. Fit the coffee filter inside the bottom of the cup to keep the potting soil from falling through the drainage hole.

  5. 5

    Fill the tea cup 1/3 to 1/2 full with potting soil. Situate the plant in the centre. Fill in around the roots with more soil. Add soil to within a 1/2 inch of the top.

  6. 6

    Place the cup on a saucer. Water the plant.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer not to drill a drainage hole, add a few pebbles to the cup before adding the soil. The pebbles will absorb the water. You should also select plants that thrive in drought conditions and water sparingly.

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