I was invited in January to participate in a challenge: Grab a few tea cups and create something fun.
I love tea and tea cups, and I love to garden. With the growing season on the horizon, I decided to combine a few of my favorites to create a pretty little indoor herb nursery.
I started with a trip to the thrift store for some cups I wouldn't mind painting. Two dollars later, I was ready to go.
That fruit trim across the top was a bit of a problem, so I gave the cups two coats of white spray paint as a primer before beginning the project.
Next, I painted them using DecoArt's Americana satin in Desert. I love the soft green color that hints of spring.
I wanted to dress the cups up a little, so I used four chalkboard paper sticker labels and stenciled a letter to each one ( H, E, R, and B) using white chalk paint.
Next, I added the labels (which reposition easily, by the way), and used a darker green paint to stencil a few random leaves on the cups around the labels.
Finally, it was time to add the plants. I had started some herb seeds a few weeks earlier in peat pellets, which are a breeze to transplant.
I started by dropping some pebbles in the bottom of each cup, the added some potting mix, a herb pellet, and firmed it all down with a bit more potting mix on top.
I grabbed a metal tray I found at a yard sale a couple of years ago that fit the cups perfectly, and my little herb nursery was ready to go!
I sowed these herbs pretty thick, but they'll be able to grow right in the kitchen window for several more weeks before they'll need to be transplant into the garden.
A new, thinner set can then be started right in the cups to enjoy right from the kitchen window.
The spring gardening season will be here soon! The next time you're at the thrift store (or rummaging through your stash of thrifted finds) grab a few tea cups and make your own cute little herb nursery.
Suggested materials for this project:
- 4 tea cups (Thrift Store)
- Rustoleum white spray paint (Wal-Mart)
- Deco Art Americana Satin - Desert (Michael's)