Succulents in a Teacup

4 Materials
2 Hours

I love succulents. I cannot keep plants of any kind alive. Thankfully, many artificial succulents look very real...and very perfect in a teacup! About a year or so ago, I began spotting these oversized cup and saucer sets at thrift shops and flea markets. I began buying them on average for $2 per set. I'm not sure where the inspiration came from, but this is what I made with them and the horde of artificial succulents that were in my stash.

These are my supplies. I've been challenging myself to create from what I have. Nothing additional was purchased for this project.

Day 1 - do this step at least 24 hrs ahead of "planting". Epoxy is strongest when it has had time to cure.

First, eyeball the angle you want your cup to sit, and make a mental note of where the cup touches the saucer.

Next, prepare the epoxy adhesive by squeezing out the amount you need and then thoroughly mixing the two parts together.

Working quickly, apply the epoxy mixture to the saucer where it will meet the cup.

Lastly, set the cup in place firmly, but gently. Prop it if necessary but do not touch any exposed adhesive.

Wipe up any overflow of adhesive with a damp cloth.

Day 2 - after epoxy is completely set...

Cut a chunk of floral foam to fit the cup. Sculpt the bottom with a knife to get a snug fit. You want it to sit just below the cup's lip.

Spread glue generously on the bottom of foam and set in cup. Wedge small pieces of foam into the gaps.

Take your largest pieces and poke them into place until you are happy with how they look.

Spread glue all aver the foam, and especially around the rim.

Begin setting rocks in place around the rim and in the blank spaces between the holes.

Then add the succulents. Work from one side over or back to front. Be sure there is glue in the holes before setting the plants.

When done, you should see rocks in any visible spaces, but not the foam.

Here are several that I have made. I'm hoping to find more of these cups and saucers because this makes a wonderful gift. Purchase a plate hanger to fit your saucer to hang on a wall.

I imagine that these would also be beautiful in a variety of cup sizes and styles. Maybe even try dressing up plain white dishware with vinyl.

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  • Gayle Gayle on Mar 21, 2021

    Very real looking, and classy, thanks for sharing

  • Sonia Sonia on Apr 02, 2021

    I love this idea!!! I use teacups that I buy for .25-1.00 at the second-hand shops. I put real flowers in them and pass them out. People love them and most of the succulents come from mine that is already established.