Whether you choose a delicate teacup or a more capacious mug for your garden, something traditional or a bit more fun, teacup gardens are a fun project for both adults and children and a fulfilling way to express your creativity. They are great for small spaces and apartment gardens and cost very little to make, especially when you source materials at thrift or craft stores or use your existing holiday decorations as embellishments.
Pretty, old-fashioned teacups can be found in thrift, antique stores and home goods retail. Even the daintiest cup makes an adorable teacup garden. This one came from my great grandmother's teacup collection.
Teacups can be found by the dozen at yard sales and thrift stores. Pick them up to give as small gifts to those who enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Tuck some favorite flavors or blends inside the cup, tied in a bundle with twine or pretty ribbon.
If winter's cold and lack of greenery has you down, fight back, by crafting a lovely, tiny teacup garden for your home. Teacup gardens are also great gifts and a wonderful project to do with a child to show them the fun and creativity of growing.
Sometimes the cup (or mug) makes the garden. This whimsical teacup garden was inspired by the oversized cat mug that contains it and provides instant fun to a mix of variegated plants, some faux-trees and miniature mushrooms. All add up to a one-of-a-kind garden sure to delight a child or a cat lady (or guy).
Instead of hiding away serving ware in a closed-off cabinet, choose the prettiest pieces to display on open shelves. Here, wine glasses and platters join a collection of glass bottles and antique teacups to dress up a dining room.
Sometimes you can find teacups or mugs with so much personality, they make your teacup garden. This oversized cat mug offered the perfect vessel for a garden filled with charming faux mushrooms and an array of multicolored plants.
In this just-a-hint-more-formal dining room, a wide country-style table makes up to 10 comfortable. The decor is simple and fun: open shelves display collections of glass bottles, teacups and pretty dishware.
The kitchen's walls are painted with Farrow & Ball's "Off-White" and the woodwork "Old White" for a clean and straightforward appeal. An antique black stove sits in front of two floating shelves that keep cute teacups and other dishes on hand.
This master bath, designed by Barry Dixon, exudes subtle luxury—a cozy fireplace, handsome marble tiles stretching up the walls, even a table for tea in front of the fire. A large wardrobe provides storage for towels and other necessities.