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Would you love to have plants but don’t want a lot of work? If so these Tea Cup Succulent Planters are perfect.
This project is easy and affordable. (And so stinkin’ cute, right?) Great for offices, dorms, bedrooms, and kitchen windows, I dare you to make just one.

This is such a fun and affordable DIY project. And so easy, anyone can do it. Get the kids involved, too. First step, find the tea cups you want to use. We took a stroll through a local vintage flea market to find these three cup and saucer sets.

You can also use extra cups and mugs that you have around the house, or rummage through those yard sales you usually drive by. You never know what you will find.

More cheap planter ideas: painted metal cans, an old bowl, rustic wooden box, vintage cooking pans, little tea pots, antique gravy boats, plastic bottles, old bricks. Use your imagination!

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  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 1
    Step 1

    Wash and dry the cup and saucer. Using a good adhesive, attach the cup to the saucer securely and let dry.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 2
    Step 2

    Spoon small pebbles into the bottom of each tea cup. A half-inch layer is enough.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fill the cup 2/3 full with a cactus or succulent soil blend.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using your finger, create a planting hole in the cup of soil.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 5
    Step 5

    Remove the succulent from the container it came in. Use your hands to remove the bottom third (or more) of the root ball and dirt.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 6
    Step 6

    Gently place the succulent into the hole you created in the tea cup.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 7
    Step 7

    Spoon more dirt around the edges and to the top of the tea cup. Gently press the soil down around the base of the plant, but do not pack the dirt.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 8
    Step 8

    If desired, add more of the pebbles as a decorative touch to the top of the soil.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 9
    Step 9

    Water the plant. A good rule of thumb? If you have an 8 ounce tea cup, water with about half that amount of water.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 10
    Step 10

    The echeveria starlite is one of the most popular types of succulents. They are so pretty and the color of the edges really makes them stand out in any planter. We love the maroon color on ours. (And we matched it with this tea cup because of that color.) In their natural habitat they grow in rocky areas at high altitudes. The echeveria must be protected from frost.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 11
    Step 11

    The golden sedum is one of the easiest succulents to care for. It literally needs nothing but sun and an occasional drop of water. It will actually spread when planted in the ground. You can also easily create a new planting from an existing plant. As you can see it also has lovely edges in shades of red and orange.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sedeveria hybrids are varied, but over all they are considered a “soft succulent” and should be grown much like aloe. Which is great, because all aloe needs is a sunny window and water every now and then. This succulent will need to be protected from frost.

  • How to plant a plant / a flower / a tree. (The Sweetest) Tea Cup Succulent Planters - Step 13
    Step 13

    7 benefits of growing succulents in your home:
    Succulents purify the air you breathe.
    Succulents produce oxygen.
    Succulents improve the humidity in your home.
    Succulents can grow just about anywhere, regardless of the size of your space.
    Succulents are beautiful and create a sense of peace in the home or office.
    Succulents are easy to care for.
    Succulents make excellent gifts.

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