Tuesday, September 01, 2020

DIY: Teacup Garden

I love miniature gardens and having been meaning to do this project for a long time with an antique teacup with a broken handle. This project came together quickly and was a lot of fun. I'd recommend it for a small garden club or to do with children at least 10 years old. 

Level: easy   Cost: inexpensive   Use: gardening decor 

- miniature yard flamingos or any accessories you choose

Step 1: 
I borrowed a friend's cordless rotary took (Dremel) drill with a ceramic drill bit to make a drainage hole in the bottom of the teacup. Wear safety goggles, gloves, and work over an old piece of board outside in case you punch through. Go slowly and do a little at a time so you don't shatter the cup.
Step 2: I then filled the cup with potting mix and thoroughly watered it in.
Step 3: I next planted little succulent plants I gathered from around my garden and even added in a tiny Black-eye susan seedlings that was coming up between some path pavers.
Step 4: Finally, I added the two miniature yard flamingos and set the teacup on a table inside my gazebo where it can spend the rest of the growing season. 
Tips and Care:
  • The saucer need not match the cup. If you have mismatched sets of old chipped china, it is even more fun.
  • You can decorate a little landscape around the base of the cup inside the saucer or leave it plain.
  • This will need occasional watering, but don't leave it out in the rain or over-water it.
  • All of the plants are winter hardy, but I still may bring it in to enjoy on a windowsill this winter and swap out the plantings as needed.
  • Get creative with your miniature accessories. I happen to love yard flamingos, but if that isn't your thing, try mini mushrooms, a tiny birdbath, or whatever you desire!
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