Create a Mother's Day Tea Garden

Put a twist on tea in the garden by planting up vintage teacups.
Tea in the garden takes on new meaning as vintage teacups are turned into miniature planters.

DIY: Teacup Garden

A playful take of tea in the garden.

A playful take of tea in the garden.

Enjoying tea in the garden has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century. Tea gardens were created to enjoy life and a delicious cup of tea. Within these gardens, patrons would partake in entertainment, dancing, attend concerts, enjoy bowling greens, fireworks and strolls among beautifully tended grounds. In their heyday, tea gardens were so incredibly popular that they were frequented by and inspired world famous artisans, musicians and authors. These tea gardens gave people a place to meet and enjoy one another's company despite class ranking in society. During their height of popularity, tea gardens became popular worldwide but once tea drinking began to decline most of the gardens disappeared. Today there are a still a number of tea gardens around the world where you can still enjoy an afternoon tea and the great outdoors.

Whether you plan to visit a tea garden for Mother's Day or just enjoy an outing, planting a tea cup garden is a lovely way to upcycle and create a memorable planter for the windowsill, table or outdoor garden. I especially love the look of vintage tea cups, with their varied, delicate designs. Try exploring antique centers and thrift stores in your area to add rustic charm to your wee tea garden. As for the plantings, consider herbs used in teas or smaller plants designed for fairy gardens at your local nursery. Here's what you will need to get started to create a perfect cup of tea for the garden!

Supply List:

  • Teacups
  • Assorted miniature plantings
  • Potting soil
  • Moss
  • Twigs
  • Cardstock
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Take a peek at the photo gallery below and its captions for all the step-by-step instructions on how to put together a tea cup garden.

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