Tuesday, August 11, 2009

just my cup of tea

Isis (also check out her etsy here) was kind enough to show me how to make her darling moss filled teacups. Her super easy instructions below:






You will need:
an old teacup or two
a small amount of soil
some moss (a few tufts)

Take a walk around your local area for moss, and you will be surpised just how much there is around you, and how many varieties you will find. Look in moist places or difficult-to-grow-in places, like between pavers. Moss seems to have this 'i can grow anywhere and i will not die' attitude, which is why it's great for those of us born without green thumbs.

1. Fill your teacup with soil to roughly 1cm or 1/2 inch from the top
2. Top with moss, placing the tufts in so they are just firmly packed and you can't see any soil. Using a few varieties of moss looks effective, as do any tiny plants that may have come along for the ride.

Your moss 'garden' should grow pretty much anywhere but on the window sill or front step is best so they can get some sunlight. If you have some tiny plants in yours they will definitely want sunlight. Since the cup doesn't have holes in the bottom for water to escape, you won't need to water your 'garden' often. Just check to see it is moist once every 1 or 2 weeks. If it seems a bit dry give it a little bit of a drink (I water mine once a week). Too easy!

18 comments:

Jessie {A Punctuated Life} said...

I love this!! Now I'm on the hunt for a pretty teacup to fill with moss..

PonderandStitch said...

Omg, those are beyond lovely!! I'm going to make my own now- but I can honestly say I don't know where I'd be able to find the moss. I'm going to go on a hunt.

JGeb said...

This is so cute! I need to do this, thanks for sharing!

Vivi said...

I love this idea! Next time I go to the flea market it's going to be all about old and pretty tea cups!

lady elle said...

lovely!
I favorited a teacup and saucer on etsy for no reason at all that I may just have to buy now (;

Hello Lindello said...

these are cute! I did something like this but grew grass in mine. same concept but just spring grass seeds on soil and mist with water.

Mrs Button said...

nice to meet you - this is a sweet idea. i wanna check out moss graffitti sometime too - it sounds fab. love your blog. i'm going to look for the follow button :o)

the southern hostess said...

What a lovely idea! Any excuse to put pretty teacups out.

cindy said...

i love this idea!

Michelle said...

Super cute demo. What a simple way to combine fancy with natural.

Amanda Nicole said...

I am so making one of these, thank you!

Leigh said...

This is such a fantastic idea Dallas as I have so much China hidden in cupboards, Great way to pull them out.

xo

Dallas Shaw said...

I know! Thank Isis! :)

Isis said...

Hi Dallas and everyone else, wow what a great response! thanks all for the lovely comments and thanks Dallas for putting my how to on your blog

x isis

Hanako66 said...

they are darling...I use succulents in teacups at my house!

Berry said...

Ooh! TOO cute!

catherine_sr. said...

These look so cool! And I think moss might be one of the few plants that can survive my black thumb...

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Thanks for this. It's on my project list. PS your dog in the sweater in the snow is too adorable!

xo