Succulent Tea Cups (Mother’s Day Gift Idea)

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Looking for an easy and cute Mother’s Day gift idea?

Consider creating a pretty tea cup succulent garden! With just a little effort and a few supplies, you can create a living centerpiece that any mom will enjoy! Plus, this is a great opportunity to re-purpose any mismatching tea cups and saucers easily found at most thrift stores.

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For this project you’ll need:

  • tea cups (pictured are from Goodwill at $0.99 each)
  • pretty succulents (pictured are from Lowe’s at $2.50 each)
  • potting soil (I used a Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Mix)
  • a few rocks for each cup

making teacup succulents


  • Place a few rocks at the bottom of cup for drainage since there is no hole in the cup.
  • Add a small amount of potting soil and place the succulent inside cup. Massage root to break it up a little, place in cup, and add more soil.
  • Press soil down. Add a small amount of water.

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Succulents in tea cups Hip2Save

Maintenance Tip: Allow soil to become nearly dry before adding a small amount of water. Place in a spot with some natural light. Succulents can also be re-potted easily in a larger container when they grow.

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Place your tea cups individually or together to create a fun centerpiece.

I love succulents because they need little water compared to other plants and are so pretty! This idea can also be used for bridal shower decor, wedding favors, teacher gifts, or for anyone whose day you’d love to brighten.

 Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 20

  1. Heidi

    Love this!

  2. Luda B

    What a lovely idea!

  3. Kayla

    This is what I’m doing for my wedding favors for the end of June. πŸ˜‰

    • debby

      Oh, that’s a great idea!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      How fun! Love it.

  4. Debbie

    So cute!!!!!

  5. Ashley57

    Very clever. Love this! Are these plants difficult to take care of?

    • Leticia

      No they are actually super easy… its hard to kill these.. I kill everything that is live in my house… not sure how my pets have managed to stay alive πŸ™‚ JK… these are still strong in my house.

    • Olga

      So pretty!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No, pretty easy and hard to kill. πŸ™‚ that’s why o have them all over! Ha

  6. paula

    Thank you so much. I was really stressed out trying to figure out what to get my hard to buy for step mom. This is perfect! THANK YOU!

  7. Laura

    I’m going to have my 2 and 5 year olds help make these for my MIL for Mother’s Day! 😍

  8. Jennifer

    What a beautiful idea!! Going to do this for sure, thanks so much. Hope you have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

  9. Jen @ HealthfulSaver

    Great idea!

  10. Grateful

    Absolutely cute!

  11. Meg

    FYI. Succulents can be toxic to pets! Check the ASPCA website before using them in your home, especially if you have curious pets..
    Spent an hour at Lowes last night deciphering toxicity. For cats, the jade family is bad, as are string of pearls, aloes, and snake plant. On the safe side, it looks like echeveria family is okay, burro’s tail, along with most cacti species, and African violet. Now let’s just see whether they munch on them anyway…

  12. Ingrid

    i’m going to give this as a thank you tony parent volunteers.

  13. Carrie

    We use succulents to make gifts for teacher appreciation week at my kiddos’ schools. We attach a note that says, “Thank you for helping me GROW this year!” I love the tea cups you have here and am definitely going to see if my kiddos would like to use those for the plants this year! πŸ™‚

  14. Tomoko

    Very cute idea ! I found the plants at Target Dollar Spot.We are making fairly garden with them.

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