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DIY Tea Cup Planter

Heidi Shenk diy home

DIY Tea Cup Planter

Last week, while brainstorming how to spruce up our coffee and tea bar, the idea to do some DIY with thrifted tea cups popped into my head. I set out to scour a few thrift shops to see what I could find and picked up some gold spray paint, determined to make some pretty things. Monday rolled around, and a woman who lives around the corner from us announced on our neighborhood facebook page that she had some offshoots of mini aloe plants that were up for grabs.

I love aloe, so I jumped at the opportunity for free plants and walked over to her house to pick a few of them up. When I got home, I realized that I had already filled all of my indoor planters with various flora, and thus, the tea cups became planters. While this wasn't the original idea that I had envisioned, I'm actually happier with the outcome-- funny how things work out that way sometimes!

DIY Tea Cup Planter

What you'll need:

  • tea cups (I purchased mine for a whopping 50 cents each at Goodwill)
  • gold spray paint
  • clear coat glaze or sealer
  • newspaper
  • painter's tape
  • potting soil
  • small plants of your choice (check out the sale section of your local home improvement store-- I've found some inexpensive options many times there!)
DIY Tea Cup Planter

Use the painter's tape to seal off the areas of your tea cups that you don't want to be painted. I opted for two triangles on one of my cups and a painted top and bottom portion on the others. Seal them well, so the gold paint won't leak!

DIY Tea Cup Planter

Set up the taped cups on a layer of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Spraying evenly, about 10-12 inches away, coat the cups with the gold paint. Wait for about 15-30 minutes, and paint a second coat. Once the second coat is dry to the touch, peel off the painter's tape.

DIY Tea Cup Planter

Let the gold paint dry for a few more hours, and then evenly coat the cups with the clear glaze to seal the paint. I used several coats of the glaze in healthy doses, to make a nice smooth finish. Let the cups dry overnight, and then fill with potting soil and plant.

DIY Tea Cup Planter DIY Tea Cup Planter

Are you as obsessed with that gold spray paint as I am? I think I want to spray everything with it now! These were super fun to make, and have added a little life to the dreariness of January.

Have you taken on any DIY projects lately?

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