As the weather is warming up, I find myself looking for excuses to get outside more and more. It started with my teacup succulents and has branch out from there. I’ve also joined together with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you lots of other gardening ideas for spring!
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In case you missed my teacup succulent blog post, I wanted give you a quick refresher. And, as a bonus today, I’m also going to show you how to add adorable tea tags to your teacup succulents to them to make them a truly custom gift or party favor.
First, you make a foil cast of your teacup:
This is how you ensure your succulent has proper drainage without having to damage or alter your teacup.
Next, you fill your foil cast with cactus mix potting soil. Personally, I think Hoffman makes the best soil for cactus or succulents. Yes, you actually need cactus soil mix for this, regular potting soil will hold on to too much water and will slowly kill your succulent.
How to plant succulents
Create a little hole in your soil. Gently place your succulent into the hole. Then CAREFULLY fill back in around its delicate roots.
and, just like that, your teacup succulent is complete.
Pro Tip: I prefer to order my succulents on Amazon since they’re cheaper and I can skip a trip to the store. Altman Plants sells 12 for $29.95 and The Valley Garden Inc sells 5 for $14.99. There are so many companies selling live succulents right on Amazon, that I can always find them for around $2.00-3.00/each. This easily beats the store prices at around $4.00 each! And, by ordering a mix of them, you don’t have to worry about deciding between the different succulent types.
How to add a custom tea tag
Now, if you really want to go above and beyond, you can add a “tea tag” to your new potted plant. We first did this when we wanted to say thank you to our realtor who sold our home. It was the perfect final touch for this project. You can either design one yourself or you can get my free printable ones below. I’ve included tags for all sorts of occasions and events.
To add a tea tag to your teacup succulent, you’ll need a few simple supplies you probably have around the house already: masking tape, a pair of scissors, white thread, a glue stick, and a printer.
Download and print the pdf. Once you print them out, simply fold along the dotted lines and cut them out.
I like to leave a little white space around the border of mine but you can cut right along the black outline if you prefer. Then, I cut about 7-8″ of white thread, fold it in half, and glue it between the two sides of the tag.
Since your new potted succulent is sitting in its very own foil floater pot, you can simply lift the whole thing out. That way you can tape the tea tag string directly to the inside of the teacup. Now, just set your plant back in and you’re done! Easy peasy.
You now have the perfect gift or favor!
Ready to add tea tags to your new teacup planters?
Click here to join my mailing list and I will email you my free printable tea tags for all occasions as my way of saying thank you!
If you love planting in unusual containers as much as I do, you might want to check out my related post where I plant in an old nightstand and upcycled basket:
Outdoor Herb Garden in a Chest of Drawers Planter
Now, are you ready for some other great gardening ideas?
Next up on our Gardening tour is Kimberly, over at From Farmhouse to Florida. She has some great advice on how to use cold tolerant annuals in your spring patio pots. After our recent cold snap, I know we all need this information! Be sure to check it out along with all of the other great gardening ideas below:
Kippi at Home // The House on Silverado // Sand Dollar Lane // Sonya Burgess
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My Family Thyme // Olivia O’Hern // Darling & Dapper Life // From Farmhouse to Florida
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Until next time, Happy Gardening!
PS: You can also check us out at Sundays at Silverado and Celebrate Your Story!
30 thoughts on “Gardening ideas for the green thumb in all of us”
Oh, my goodness! I LOVE everything about this. Who knew you could make watering work like that? And the tea bags? so adorable. I signed up for them. I love them for plants…but, tea parties need those, too. I’m getting ready to have a tea party on the lawn–so how perfect to use them in the decor and the tea! Thanks for sharing today! Happy Easter!
Oh, these tea tags will be perfect for that! Let me know if you don’t see them in your inbox today. There was a glitch on day one and they didn’t send right away, but it should be all fixed now. Happy Easter to you too!
That is so cute and would make a great teacher gift or to use up some of my odd tea cups.
Ooh, what a great idea, I’ll have to add some specific ‘teacher thank you’ tea tags soon!
The foil method is genius! I absolutely love succulents, and now I can plant them anywhere. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Olivia! It has definitely been a game changer over here. I don’t know why I’m always drawn to planters without good drainage…
Allison, your succulent tea cup is literally one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I LOVE vintage china, and that little tag puts it right over the top!
So fun hopping with you today! I’d love it if you’d share your tea cup on the Sundays on Silverado link party, which opened early today!
Niky @ The House on Silverado
Thank you, Nicky. So glad to hear I’m not alone in my obsession with vintage china! Thanks for letting me know about your Sundays on Silverado link party, I joined this weeks and I’m sure I’ll soon become a regular on there!
Such an adorable idea. The ‘tea tag’ is the perfect touch.
Aww, thank you, Renae!
I love this cute idea! I think the tag is the perfect touch!
What an adorable project! This would make a great gift for Moms for Mother’s Day too! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!
Thank you! And these would make for a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. I’ve included a few tea tag options specific to Mother’s Day in the free printable if you need them!
Your teacup succulents are adorable. They would make the perfect gift. I will be collecting vintage teacups, so I have them on hand to give as gifts.
Happy spring gardening,
Thank you, Kippi. This has really become one of my favorite things to do with mismatched vintage teacups. I’m so excited you’re going to try it!
I’m such a nut for succulents! This is the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a long time — the perfect gift (or plant to keep for yourself)! So creative!
What a cute idea for the the spring! I love succulents they are so easy to care for and my pets do not bother them! LOL!
Succulents are all the rage right now. They can be expensive to buy pre-made though so I love this tutorial on how to make my own right at home.
I am so not a green thumb! I do think I could pull this off though thanks for the ideas
Lovely idea. I love suculents and this is a nice way to plant them.
These teacup succulents are lovely! What a great idea! I have some old vintage teacups that would be perfect for this. The little teabag tag is an adorable detail. So great to hop with you, Allison!
This is so cute and dainty and would work really well in my Victorian style house! I didn’t know about tin foil used like this, very clever!
Ooh, they would be perfect in a victorian style house!
I love this idea!
Allison, your teacup succulents are adorable! I love the tea bag labels, too. What a perfect gift or favor! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂
Thanks Rebecca! That’s so excited that they were featured! and I’m so glad you like them as much as I do!
OMG the teacup idea is so cute! I need to make it too!