DIY Herbs in a Teacup: Eco-Friendly Favors


I have an obsession with vintage teacups. Whenever I see one that catches my eye at a yard sale or second hand store, I’ll snatch it up if it’s a good price.

Occasionally, my girls and I will have a tea party with them, but mostly they just sit in my cupboard looking pretty. Why not put them to good use?

Last year I made teacup bird feeders to give to my kids’ teachers. They were a big hit! I made a few for myself and the birds loved ‘em. With earth day just around the corner, I figured I’d use a few of my teacups to create some eco-friendly DIY favors.

The herbs in my garden are exploding with life – why not create share the wealth with DIY herbs in a teacup.

They’re super-easy to make and inexpensive! A unique wedding favor – also perfect for Mother’s Day, don’t you think?

You will need:

  • Vintage teacups
  • potting soil
  • herbs

Place herb of you choice inside teacup. Fill with potting soil.



Clean off any excess soil from the cup. Place on saucer.

herb favors

diy herbs

If you are having a vintage wedding, these would be perfect!

Next week we’ll show you how to make stamped spoon plant markers to add to your herbs in a teacup.


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  1. Posted by Steph on April 26th, 2012 at 8:26am

    Super-cute... but what do you do about drainage? Doesn't the soil get water-logged?
  2. Posted by Christina on April 26th, 2012 at 8:34am

    As long as you use potting soil, they'll be good for a while, but hopefully your guests will plant the herbs in their gardens.
  3. Posted by Julie Rooney on October 18th, 2014 at 2:58pm

    I love the teacup idea, but don't you need to drill a hole in the teacup so you don't waterlog your herbs?
  4. Posted by Faride Jalube on April 13th, 2015 at 12:38pm

    This is a beautiful idea, however, if you do not provide drainage whatever you plant will not make it due to rot. A couple of wholes at the bottom of the cups will provide the proper drainage. This can be done with a special drill tip for porcelain.
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