New Use for Old Tea Cups

Do you have old mismatched teacups hanging around in your cupboards?

I know I certainly do, and for sentimental reasons I really don’t want to get rid of my mother’s or grandmother’s possessions… it really is that simple, it’s not hoarding but memories.

I saw a picture that made me think that perhaps I could still use them for a practical purpose… single plant Fairy Garden containers (or small multiple plants).

It’s a fun idea, could fit on any stand or desk or table — and it’s something that I’m seriously looking into using.  I love to re-purpose something that is precious to me, not just let it sit gathering dust.

So, check out your cupboards, maybe you have something you could use like this as well.

Fairy Garden DIY Pot

This is not advertising intended, nor am I an affiliate at Wayfair…

…but, I just loved this Fairy Garden pot and I’ve grabbed it for myself.  Guess now I’m committed to making a Fairy Garden (nervous laughter).

Anyway, this is simply to show you that you do not have to make your entire Fairy Garden from scratch – if you want to, there are fun, whimsical pots out there in the world ready to become the new home for your plants and fairies.  🙂

I’ve seen ready to design Fairy Garden pots at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target… so many places so it is entirely your choice where you’d like to shop, but check out their flower pots next time and see if anything fanciful catches your eye.

Absolute Basics for Terrarium Soil

First off – I am no expert.  I probably shouldn’t say that but… the truth is the truth.  I’m learning about creating terrariums and passing on what I’ve discovered, and what’s working for me.

Before you decide on any soil you need to know what is going into your terrarium – the plants – not the fun decorations.

Obviously, a succulent or cactus open terrarium will require far different soil than a lush, leafy, flowering closed terrarium.  (That should be obvious, but forgive me, there are some who just dive in without thinking and wonder why their project was doomed from the start.)

You’ll need:

  • glass container
  • rocks or pebbles for the very bottom level so your plants never “sit” in water
  • a layer of charcoal
  • appropriate soil mixture for the type of plant you plan to grow
  • plants
  • perhaps a layer of moss for lush plants or sand or tiny pebbles for succulents
  • then whatever decorations you plan on adding (that is entirely your choice)

I found a really good soil mixture recipe at Martha Stewart’s Living site, you might want to check that out at some point.

But no matter what you plan on planting in your new terrarium – begin with a plan, the right soil for your plants – and then just go have fun with it all.


This layering graph up there is an illustration I saw on Pinterest.  I do not know its originator, but should or when I do I will give the proper credit and link.

Terrarium Fairy Garden Possibilities

I have been fascinated by terrariums my entire life.  A miniature world in a jar or bottle or fish tank just seems the most relaxing thing to observe (if you cannot actually get out into nature physically to do so.)

I came across this article at recently that jump-started the possibility around “I wonder if I could do this” thoughts racing through my head.  (in fact, the picture up there is from that article)

Any glass container would equal a terrarium.  Size does not matter as long as the plants within can grow and thrive in that space and environment.

I will definitely be looking into this idea.  If this interests you as well, then a good place to start would be clicking on the link to Gardeners Path’s article above.  I’ll be adding more information in the coming weeks about terrarium gardening so I’ll wish us both luck. 🙂