Mosaic Teacup Planter

7 Materials
$40
3 Days
Easy

I went to an estate sale, found these beautiful teacups and plates and paid $5 for all. I didn't just want to display them behind glass doors, I wanted to use them. And now that spring has finally sprung, creating a planter would allow me to make them into something useful and enjoy them every day.
teacup mosaic mini garden
teacup mosaic mini garden
I also purchased this shutter set at the same sale for $2.50. This would be the back of my planter.
I only needed one shutter so I unscrewed and separated the set.
teacup mosaic mini garden
After washing all of the cups and plates, the fun began. I used a shallow box to smash the china into small pieces. Of course, I wore eye protection since glass shards could go flying.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I wanted to use the cups as the planters so,
A-I began with the tea cup
B-Using a Dremel, I scored two lines on the cup,
C-cutting through completely
D-I then scored a line at the bottom of the cup, connecting the two lines
F-And cut the piece completely off
G-I also cut a slit on the front of the cup, at the bottom. This slit is the drainage hole.
Again, I wore protective eye wear, gloves and a dust mask because of the tiny glass shards flying off of the cups.
teacup mosaic mini garden
This is what the cup would look like once it was attached to the shutter.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I applied mastic to the shutter using this notched "trowel" (cost $0.99 at Lowe's). If you never applied mastic before, you cannot apply it as a smooth surface, you must make grooves so whatever you are applying, in this case the china, actually stays in place.
I worked in small sections so the mastic wouldn't dry too quickly.
teacup mosaic mini garden
Because my shutter had a recessed panel, I filled the groove with mastic making the entire shutter surface even.
teacup mosaic mini garden
Then I placed my pieces of broken plates and the teacups onto the shutter making sure they were secure in the mastic.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I allowed the mastic to dry overnight. Now it was time to grout.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I applied the grout it using a Mr. Clean magic eraser-type sponge. You have to squish the grout between each piece of china and this sponge was small enough to do that.
Again, I worked in small sections.
teacup mosaic mini garden
Once the grout was complete, I used a damp cloth to wipe away any excess grout. You normally use a sponge to wipe away the excess grout; however, this project was small and the pieces of china were tiny so the cloth worked much better than a sponge.
I allowed the grout to dry 24 hours.
teacup mosaic mini garden
After the grout was dry, I flipped the mosaic on it's back and attached 2 "U" hooks onto the back of the shutter.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I took the mosaic outside and sprayed the front and back with Thompson's WaterSeal. I allowed it dry for 2 hours.
teacup mosaic mini garden
I planted the teacups with plants called "Treadwells" which are low, creeping ground cover.
I hung my planter on a stone wall beside my patio. I screwed 3" screws between the blocks and hung the mosaic with the "D" rings.
This area gets late afternoon sun so it's perfect for these plants.
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  • Could we see the finished project first? That way, we will know up front if we want to do it. Thanks!

  • I would never think of distroying beautiful history like this! And even if I did, the cups are too small for growing plants!!! They cannot retain water. The plants would surely die in no time! That is unless you watered & tended to them every day. But very soon, would get root bound!

    However, cute idea but I would not smash saucers, but utilize them with the cups. Possibly mount the saucer over the cup on shutter, or a more delicate surface. Something that would make the cup/saucer pop. Then hang in a covered area or inside to protect it. In the cups, just put some artificial greens, or coordinating artificial flowers. The blank cup area of the saucer will be covered by the plant, but will showcase such vintage, beautiful pieces of China, for years to come! Hummm, even do this with China that has been handed down thru the family. Nobody will ever see it boxed up!!! And our kids today, DO NOT, want to keep old hand me downs! Just a fun, beautiful way, to keep a bit of family history, but functionally!

    What does anyone think of my idea? ❤️☕️

    • Karen
      3 days ago

      i could not have broken those beautiful tea cups or saucers; nor could I have covered the old shutter! Lol....I thought of keeping the shutter hinged and bending it with one as a shelf and the other to attach to the wall... mount saucers to top with clear adhesive, after treating shutter with a sealant of course if it is to be used outside, then glue cups to bottom and put faux flowers or even small succulents😌

  • Rose Brady
    4 days ago

    Love this idea. I inherited a set of dishes from an aunt that belonged to her mother. I needed to find a way to display them. It sounded like you were saying something like mastis (sp) but what I see is this Weldwood Multi-Purpose Ceramic Tile Adhesive,are these the same things? But I also liked the artificial flowers the gentleman commented. I would love to do this in my kitchen where tea is served and real flowers would not work. I even have the shutters!! I don't know if I like the cracked saucers I would want to see if there was a way to keep the saucer in tack like gluing down the saucer and seeing if I could glue the cup to the saucer or have the saucer in the middle since they would all match. Now to find someone to cut the cups for me???? But please tell me if Welwood is the correct word and any certain grout or is grout grout

    • Rose Brady
      3 days ago

      thank I won't take a hammer to them. I will try to figure out some way to display them in my kitchen. They are to precious to me


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