If you follow this blog then you may be familiar with my friend Carole and her book, Startle Garden, that I just reviewed. Carole, is not only a great writer, but is also the driving force for some of the fun challenges I’ve been sharing. As the creator of Garden Up Green, she not only loves gardening, but also sharing those idea and practices that she learned from her grandmother. So today’s challenge was to upcycle an old teacup into something new. My solution: create a hanging teacup planter using a china cup, and a string of pearls.
Hanging Teacup Planter
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I knew that I wanted to plant something and hang it in the teacup, so when I saw this String of Pearls Plant, aka Senecio rowleyanus, I knew that it would be perfect. After all, good china and a string of pearls go perfectly together.
I have a few teacups that came from my mother, but also several that I’ve collected at antique malls over the years. This pretty rose floral one was a good size for housing a plant.
This is a little transplant, I purchased online it already had several “strings” flowing over the sides. When it came in the mail, all the little stems where neatly packed inside, and like a fine necklace, you need to carefully untangle them before repotting.
Since this planter would not have any drainage holes I placed a nice layer of stones at the bottom. Hopefully any excess water will stay in the stones, and not allow the soil remain wet, and risk root rot. I don’t plan on watering it very often. This little guy is considered a succulent, and likes to dry out well before watering. I think that makes it a good candidate for this project too.
Now for the hanger. I took eight strands of twine about 40 inches long. First I tied them to a plastic ring. This is what I had on hand but I think a metal key chain ring, or binder ring, would look much nicer. Use this ring to hang the plant from a hook.
Tape the ring to the table and separate the twine into four pairs of two.
Tie a double over hand knot about 6-8 inches from the top.
Move down another 6-8 inches and take two strands, one from each group and tie knots in the new pairs.
Finally, tie a double knot at the bottom.
Hang up the twine hanger, and then gently place the teacup inside.
This is in my dining room and looks so pretty there. There’s light from the windows but it’s north facing, so there’s not too much direct light which I’ve read, is perfect for this string of pearls. I can’t wait until it fills in and spills all over the cup.
Now, let’s see what the others have created with their teacups.
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