How to Make a Teacup Planter

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How to Make a Teacup Planter
Any teacup can be turned into a teacup planter. (Soul/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Collect teacup and saucer sets from thrift stores throughout the year. Make several sets at once to keep on hand for gift-giving throughout the year as teacher, house warming, birthday and Christmas gifts. Use teacup planters as baby or wedding shower table decorations. Fill with African violets or small ivy plants and give to guests as party favours. Teacups painted with a Christmas motif can be filled with florist foam and sprigs of pine for a simple holiday decoration.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Teacups and saucers
  • Glue
  • Newspaper
  • Potting soil
  • Tablespoon
  • Small ivy plant
  • Dowel (optional)

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  1. 1

    Clean and dry the teacup and saucer. Use hot glue, super glue or museum putty to secure the teacup to the saucer.

  2. 2

    Cover your work surface with newspaper. Place a few pebbles in the bottom of the cup to help with drainage. Broken pieces of pottery, such as from an old teacup or saucer, also work.

  3. 3

    Fill the bottom third of the teacup with about a tablespoon of potting soil. Choose a quality lightweight soil. Depending on the plants chosen, add fertiliser that enhances the growth of the plant.

  4. 4

    Plant a slow-growing miniature ivy, a Rosary plant or small cactus plant in the teacup. Add another tablespoon of potting soil and pack lightly with the back of the spoon, or your fingers, to secure the roots.

  5. 5

    Super glue the teacup planter to a dowel if you want to place it outdoors. Poke the planter directly in the soil. You can use the planter as intended, or leave empty and use as a small birdfeeder or allow rainwater to collect for wildlife.

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