Teacups add a dainty and whimsical touch to a potted plant.

How to Make a Teacup Planter

by Jenny Harrington

Turn your garden into a tea party by repurposing old teacups into dainty flower pots. These small planters breathe new life into chipped, mismatched or thrift-store teacups. The cup only needs slight modification to make it a successful plant container, and the saucer supplies a matching drainage tray. You can further personalize your teacups by adding your own decorations with paint pens and other embellishments, an activity the whole family can enjoy.

Turn the teacup upside down and set it on a firm work surface. Place a piece of masking tape on the bottom of the cup and mark the center with a pencil. Don safety goggles and gloves. Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the mark with a glass or ceramic drill bit. Remove the tape and promptly sweep up any glass dust.

Squeeze waterproof caulk onto the bottom of the cup, making four small mounds equally spaced around the bottom edge. Allow the caulk to cure completely, which can take up to 24 hours. The caulk elevates the cup above the saucer so water can drain sufficiently.

Wash the teacup and saucer in a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water to disinfect it. Fill the cup half-full with a standard potting mixture or a mix formulated for the specific plant types you are growing.

Lift the plant from its seedling pots. Trim off up to one-third of the roots if the root system is too large for the tea cup. Set the plant in the cup so the top of the root system is 1/2 inch below the cup rim. Fill in around the roots with soil and water thoroughly so the soil settles.

Place the teacup planter where it receives the necessary sunlight for the plant variety. Water the soil when it begins to feel dry, emptying any water that drains into the saucer promptly after irrigation.

Items you will need

  • Masking tape
  • Drill
  • Glass or ceramic drill bit
  • Waterproof caulk
  • Potting mix
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles


  • Plants that grow slowly and require minimal care or fertilizing, such as most succulents, work best in a teacup planter.


  • Always wear safety glasses and gloves when drilling a teacup in case it shatters. Work in an area where you can easily clean up any shards or ceramic dust.

About the Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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