Easy DIY Repurposed Teacup Planter

I absolutely love repurposing things, and repurposing things into little planters is a fun way to give them a completely new life. I made my first teacup planter with a teacup from a set I inherited from my late uncle; it’s the girliest tea set you’ve ever seen, just covered in pink florals, which is so not me! So I decided to take two of the teacups, paint them, and repurpose them into planters so that I could better incorporate them into my home (don’t worry, there are still six unpainted teacups if I decide one day that I want to have a tea party!).

I was recently at a local thrift store and passed by a few .50 cent tea cups (half of a U.S. dollar for you non-Americans reading this!). I just had to bring one home to share how easy it is to make a planter! Here’s what my .50 cent teacup looked like when I brought it home:

DIY Repurposed Teacup PlanterView in gallery

Cute, but totally not my style! But spray paint can fix most things, right? I loved the idea of a black teacup since teacups are supposed to be so dainty, and black, well, isn’t dainty at all! And this is a very easy project, too. Here’s what you’ll need.


  • Old teacup
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Small cactus
  • Cactus soil


1. Thoroughly clean your teacup. You don’t know how long it’s been sitting on a shelf in that thrift store! Then grab your matte black spray paint and give it a generous spray on the inside and outside. Two light coats did the trick for me.

DIY Repurposed Teacup Planter ChalkView in gallery

DIY Repurposed Teacup Planter ProjectView in gallery

2. When the teacup has dried completed, it’s time to plant! For this planter, you want to use a small, hardy plant, so a cactus is the perfect fit. I’d suggest a small succulent, but they do best in a planter that has great drainage. There is no hole in the bottom of this teacup, nor is there much room to build drainage in to the bottom with a layer of gravel. I’ve found that cactuses work very well in planters like this because they are just such forgiving plants! Just give them a lot of light and a bit of water, and they’ll stay alive.

Simple DIY Repurposed Teacup PlanterView in gallery

And don’t they just look so cool planted in a teacup? What do you think?