Make it Monday: DIY Teacup Planters

Teacup Planters

This is a simple project. One I’d been planning to do for some time, but just didn’t get around to it. Do you have those projects? I’m sure you do. You know, the ones that take no time to actually complete? The ones that you keep putting off? The ones that are so rewarding once you finally just go for it? This was one of those projects!

Teacups Before

I picked up these plain white teacups at a local thrift store for under $1 a piece. I knew I wanted to embellish them with some doodles. Originally I’d purchased them to use as vessels for making candles. Since, I am not making candles anytime soon, I decided to use them for a couple small succulents who needed some cozy containers to live in. Perfect!

Teacup Planters


Old teacups, bowls, mugs or any vessel in need of a facelift
Paint pens in various colors*
Small succulents
Potting soil
Small rocks or pebbles

*I used Craft Smart paint pens. These are acrylic, non-toxic and water resistant. Ideal for wood, plastic, metal and glass. Purchased at Michael’s.


- Wash and dry your vessels.

- Follow directions for paint pen. I had to shake, shake, shake it. Test on a scrap of paper.

- Start doodling! I drew on the teacups without a plan. You can sketch out ideas if you’d like or use a stencil if you aren’t feeling up to freehand. I made mistakes, but that’s ok. Don’t be afraid! Mistakes are beautiful. A lesson I’m learning…

- Let the designs dry. I waited an hour before planting. This was really difficult!

- Place some rocks or pebbles in the bottom of your vessel, and top rocks with a bit of soil in before centering your succulent.

- Hold the succulent in place while packing in soil all around it. Water well, add more soil if needed.

- Now, place you lovely custom planter in a sunny spot and enjoy!

I’m kind of addicted to this project. It’s so simple. What a lovely housewarming gift, no? Can’t wait to make lots more of these! I also plan to doodle on other dishes. It’s so much fun.

Have you tried this? I’d love to see your creations. Send me a link!

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8 Responses to “Make it Monday: DIY Teacup Planters”

  1. Amy Renea Says:

    I have those little succulents too and I have no idea what they actually are! Do you know!!

    I love your sweet teacups ;)

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  3. whitney Says:

    No, I do not know what the succulents are, but now I want to know! :) And, thank you! I love these teacups, too. Such a fun, easy project.

  4. freeda Says:

    tThey are Jade plants, also knowen as money plants. they are good luck to have planted at both the front and back doors of your home, aparently they encourage money to come into your life… I have done this with about 3 tea cups that i found down tn the back shed when we moved into our new house.

  5. admin Says:

    Thank you for the info! I’d love to see your teacups, @freeda! Are they posted somewhere? I’m addicted to these!

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  8. Lolita Says:

    Clever, creative, wonderful idea ! I have several tea cups and coffee mugs and I love succulents. Thanks for sharing.

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