Tea Time

Create year-round gardens with vintage teacup displays


Photographer: Andre Baranowski

By: Point Click Home Dot Com

From: Point Click Home Dot Com

Related To:

  1. Decorating
  2. Plants

Written by Pamela Acuff
Photographed by Andre Baranowski
Produced By and Styled by Donna Talley

Cup of tea is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, but taking on a teacup project can be just as enjoyable. Perhaps you have stray cups begging to be used. Or maybe you're a fan of flea markets, where vintage china is yours for the taking. Either way, these pretty projects are a recipe for fun. A container garden, bouquet of roses, pot of herbs or daisy topiary are clever ways to give your home a lift. So take time for creativity and savor the pleasure for months to come.

Just Rosy

Life imitates art, and sweetly so. Start with a rose-patterned china cup and a bouquet of roses to match.

Soak a foam brick in water for 30 minutes, cut it to fit neatly into a teapcup, clip rose stems slightly shorter than teacup height and insert stems in foam, starting around the perimeter and moving toward the center.


Photographer: Andre Baranowski

A Spot of Tea

A dash of dirt and a handful of succulents is all you need to create a tabletop garden.

Using a ceramic drill bit, drill a small hole in the bottom of a polka-dot mug (this can also be done at a hardware store), add a layer of small pebbles to allow for drainage, then fill with potting soil. Select three to four succulents; mix greens and reds for extra color.


Photographer: Andre Baranowski

Have a Ball

A Sunny Topiary with real daisies brightens a mantel, or if you use faux flowers it'll bring cheer all year.

Insert a long stick or ribbon-wrapped dowel into the bottom of the daisy-covered ball and stake it in a yellow mug filled with floral foam. Cover the foam with tufts of Spanish moss.


Photographer: Andre Baranowski

Tea Leaves

Making your own windowsill garden is easy: Slip a small potted plant into a gold lattice-trim cup and tuck moss around the top. Fragrant herbs have a two-in-one bonus—they'll keep your kitchen smelling fresh and can be used as a quick food or drink garnish. For drainage, use a ceramic drill bit to drill a small hole in the bottom of the cup.

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