Thursday, April 21, 2011

Adventures in Thrifting: Teacup Herb Garden

It's spring and I'm tired of being fleeced by the grocery stores buying little plastic packages of herbs.  Not to mention, it's not very green to keep buying something that has been packaged and shipped when I can grow my own supply in the backyard.  Well, my deck...we don't have a backyard.

But you know me.  I can't do anything the regular way (boooring!) and my next crafty endeavor almost ended my marriage.  I'm being dramatic.  Chadson is ever patient with my looney tunes ideas.  I almost broke that patience as I insisted that planting herbs in tea cups (is that not the CUTEST thought?) would work.  Chad, echoed by my mother, explained that plants need room to grow and that tea cups were not the most practical size for an herb garden experiment.  He's right of course, but I don't have to like it.  I will not be deterred!

I give you my tea cup herb garden:


So cute, right???!!


Alright, before you think I am as nutty as Peter Pan, I did not just toss my basil and mint into teacups and sit them on top of a dirt filled flower pot.  No.  I am cleverer than that....or just that ridiculous.  It's truely anyone's guess at this point.  The herbs are planted in the teacup, but the bottom of the teacup has been cut out like so:


Start at Goodwill.  If you're going to plant, you might as well ensure you have a lot of good green juju going into those little plants....so don't buy new teacups.  Use some you have or buy secondhand.  These lovelies are from Goodwill for less than $1 per cup.  At that price, if you screw one of them up, it's not utterly tragic.

There are 3 ways to achieve the above (meaning a teacup sans bottom).  The first is to sweet talk the tile cutter at Lowe's to shave off the bottom for you with his fancy pants rotary saw.  Our local Lowe's man did it for me because honestly, men love to cut stuff.  That's where you'll get the Lowe's sales person every time, assuming you're dealing with a dude.  You say, hey, how can i cut ____ in half?  They'll look at you like you've sprouted a third eyebrow but then you'll notice the wheels turning behind those eyes thinking of all the manly, masculine tools that they've always dreamed of using to get the job done.  So yes, I had one of my teacups severed right at the Lowe's.

But I'm a "give a man a fish" kind of girl.  Meaning, I like to be independent in my crafting of ridiculous items.  So out came the dremel.  You need to get a diamond rotary bit and have a lot of patience.  It's a tedious task, but it gets the job done (don't forget your eye protection!).  I suggest having a squirt bottle of water on hand to minimize dust and cool the bit/cup.  I also suggest not trying to dig all the way through the cup.  Instead, if you make a good, deep scored line all the way around, you can tap that puppy with a hammer and the base of your teacup will pop right off.

That brings me to the third method.  Beat it with a hammer.  When I did that, the cup cracked in half the other way but the bottom also came off!  I figured it was just going in the dirt so a little super glue and that one was totally useable.  But as I am committed to completing this project semi correctly, I don't recommend the third method unless you're the laziest person ever.  No judgement here, I promise.

I plan to cut two more cups for the cilantro tomorrow and one more for the parsley seeds on the bottom rack.  The other two will get transplanted into another pot once they get a bit bigger....for now, I find them rather adorable in their new little homes.


My deck smells of delicious herbs.  So keep your fingers crossed that the plants live...I find that to be a much bigger challenge than making the cutest little herb garden around.

1 comment:

  1. Aw cute! I have over a dozen tea cups lying around that i dont use. Wat a neat trick to make use of !

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