How To Make A Teacup Garden

DIY teacup garden

For a busy Mum like me, succulents make the perfect plants to have as they can grow practically anywhere and they don’t need much water or fuss to thrive. Here is a fun way to upcycle an old tea set and create your own sweet little teacup garden.

op shop tea set

Perhaps you already have some pretty old teacups already at home, sitting in the back of your cupboard after some broke, leaving you without the whole set. Don’t stress if you don’t, as I was able to collect this cute little set at my local op-shop for around $20.

making a tea cup garden

What you’ll need

  • old tea set including matching milk jug and sugar jar
  • selection of small-leaved succulent plants
  • succulent potting mix
  • small rocks
  • small paintbrush
  • Optional – a small tray to help you display your finished succulent garden tea set

succulent plants


There are so many varieties of succulents, from smaller leaves to thick fleshy ones that almost look like green roses. Their striking appearance makes them great for ornamental purposes, perfect for this teacup garden we’re about to create. Visit your local nursery and choose a selection of smaller variety succulents that have different shapes and complementary colours that will be able to fit into your teacups.

planting succulents in teacups

As succulents don’t need much watering, there is no need to make drainage holes in the bottom of your tea set, so it’s just a matter of releasing the plant from the existing pot by turning it carefully upside down and squashing in the sides of the plastic pot until your plant comes out. Gently tease the roots to remove the excess soil and then place each plant in a different teacup, sugar bowl or milk jug. Add some extra soil around the edges and gently press down around the stem, firmly but gently, so that it sits neatly inside your vessel.

decorating a succulent garden

If you have some little rocks or pebbles these can look pretty around the top of the plant where the soil is exposed.

planting succulents in a teacup

This succulent looks great inside a teacup and reminds me of an overflowing frothy cappuccino!

succulent garden

It doesn’t take long to plant them and the hardest part is probably choosing which teacup each plant will go into.

creating a teacup garden

To clean up your teaset, use a small paintbrush to dust off any excess soil that may have spilled over the teacups and become stuck in the handles.

teacup garden DIY

Arranging your new succulent garden on a small tray creates a sweet way to display your plants and make it look as if you’re about to serve up tea to someone.

Sugar? One lump or two?

teacup garden

If you have some extra pebbles you may decide to place some around the top of the tray to finish it off.

Your succulent garden should last a while for even those of you without a green thumb, as they really are very hardy plants and will require very little maintenance from you to survive. They will thrive in a different range of indoor or outdoor conditions.

Wouldn’t this succulent tea garden make a lovely gift for a tea-loving friend?

(This article originally appeared on and has been republished here with permission.)

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