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Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter – DIY

Whenever my hubby does something a little over the top, he always defends himself by saying “Go big, or go home” 😀 Well, in today’s tutorial, I’m taking a page out of his book and going big with this DIY oversized teacup and saucer planter. It’s HUGE!!!

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

The giant teacup makes such a lovely statement in our garden and it’s so easy to make too. We planted a white Butterfly Bush (Gaura lindheimeri) inside this one. They’re a delightful, drought-resistant container plant with delicate flowers and wand-like stems. Since this beauty is about 2 feet tall, you do need a big planter for her to thrive and put on a showy display.

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

And since this “funtabulous”, oversized teacup and saucer is 1,5 feet tall I have no doubts that the gaura will, ahem, blossom 😀

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

The giant teacup is also my contribution to this month’s Funtabulous Planter IBC challenge.

What’s the IBC all about

The IBC, or International Blogger’s Club, is a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other every month to make something using a common theme.  Our previous challenge was “I Can Upcycle” and we used pilchard tin cans to make this cute pull toy llama. You’ll be able to see all the other creative Funtabulous planters at the end of this post.

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What you need

To make the oversized teacup

  • A large round, cup-shapped plastic planter
  • Large round tray
  • Baling wire
  • PVC Pipe
  • Play sand
  • Drill and Jigsaw (optional)
  • Plants

What you need to make a giant teacup and saucer

To give it a faux aged concrete effect (optional)

  • Texture paste
  • Grey spray paint
  • Burnt umber and green oil paint
  • Cheap paintbrushes
  • Moss
  • E6000 glue

How to make an oversized teacup and saucer planter

The biggest cup-shaped planter I could find had a lip (is that what it’s called?) around the top that kinda detracted from the “cuppish” shape I was looking for. It had to go. If that’s all you can find too you can remove it by cutting the top rim of the plastic planter off with a jigsaw. Drill a hole that’s big enough for your jigsaw blade to fit into…….

Drill a hole in the rim of the planter
Use a jigsaw to cut the top of the planter off to create a teacup shape

……. and then slowly cut along the rim. If your planter is perfectly “cuppish” you can ignore this step.

Use a jigsaw to cut the top of the planter off to create a teacup shape

Decide where you want to add the ear of the oversized teacup and drill two small holes in the planter. One towards the top and one towards the bottom. They should line up from top to bottom. Slide a piece of wire in the holes and bend it into an ear shape.

Use baling wire to support the ear of the cup

Measure the wire ear and add an inch to the measurement.

Measure the baling wire ear

Use the measurement to cut the PVC pipe. Seal off one end of the PVC pipe with duct tape.

Insert baling wire into the PVC pipe and seal one end

That funny-looking contraption next to the pipe is a makeshift funnel made from craft foam. I couldn’t find a proper one 😀 We’ll be using the funnel in the next step when we bend the PVC pipe.

How to bend PVC pipe

To bend the PVC pipe, you’ll need:

  • Play sand
  • Aluminum foil dish or container
  • Oven and heat resistant gloves (very important)
  • A funnel
  • Something to support the PVC pipe or a willing helper
  • Duct tape

Seal the one end of the PVC pipe with duct tape and insert the baling wire.

Insert baling wire into the PVC pipe and seal one end

Pour some sand into the aluminum foil dish and place it in the oven to heat up. I put mine in for 45 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. Once the sand is hot, very carefully remove the dish.

Insert baling wire into the PVC pipe

Place the funnel over the wire and into the PVC pipe and then pour the hot sand inside the pipe. Please be careful. The sand will be really, really hot. As soon as the pipe is full, wait a few seconds for the pipe to heat up and then slowly bend it while inserting the wire into the hole you drilled earlier in the planter.

A top view of the PVC pipe and baling wire

Twist the ends of the wire to keep the PVC pipe in place while it cools down. About ½ hour.

Twist the baling wire on the inside of the planter to secure the cup holder

Once the pipe has cooled down, untwist the wire and pour the sand out. Remove the duct tape and reattach the PVC ear to the planter. Use a permanent marker to mark where the ends on the pipe should be trimmed so the ear sits flush against the oversized teacup. Remove the PVC pipe ear and wire and use a hacksaw to cut the PVC pipe on the marks you made earlier.

Mark where to cut the PVC pipe so it's flush against the teacup

Reattach the PVC pipe ear to the teacup using the baling wire to test fit. Once you’re happy, twist the wire on the inside of the cup tightly to secure.

Cheers to doing the most difficult part of this oversized teacup tutorial 😀

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

Giving the oversized teacup a faux concrete finish

Now for the fun bit. Painting the oversized teacup to fit in with your decor. I went for an aged faux concrete finish. We’ve already shared a detailed tutorial on how to achieve that look so I won’t go into too much detail here. Lightly sand the oversized teacup and tray before using a primer to paint them both. I used a grey primer from Rust-Oleum, but any primer that’s suitable for plastics will work. I’m not sure if this step is necessary, but since the planter, PVC pipe ear, and tray are all different types of plastic, I wanted to create a uniform base before applying the texture paste.

Paint the teacup and saucer with grey primer if you're going to give it a faux concrete look

Before applying the texture paste, lightly sand the planter, PVC pipe ear, and tray again. I applied quite a thick layer of our homemade texture paste for this planter, but instead of using craft glue, I used outdoor wood glue so it would withstand the elements.

Apply a thick layer of texture paste

Once the paste dried, I drizzled on some brown and green oil paint……

Apply the aged paint effect once the texture paste dries

…. and used E6000 to glue on all those lovely mossy bits.

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

The moss serves two purposes, it hides my wobbly jig saw cutting skills and fills the gap between ear and the teacup 😀

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

Leave the giant teacup for a day or two so the glue and paint can dry fully before adding your plants.

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

The finished teacup measures 1,5 feet tall and 1,2 (and a bit) feet wide. That’s about 46 cm by 37 cm.

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

Now I’m on a mission to make a giant teapot too 😉

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

If you like the idea of making an oversized teacup planter, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Make a statement in the garden with this DIY Oversized Teacup and Saucer Planter. You can also use it as a prop at your next Alice in Wonderland tea party. #TeacupPlanter #GiantTeaCup #ACraftyMix #DIYPlanter

And don’t forget to go see all the other Funtabulous planter ideas below.

IBC - Funtabulous Planters Challenge June
  1. A giant teacup planter by yours truly 😉
  2. Sara was on the ball 😉 with her creative take on Funtabulous planters.
  3. You’ll never guess what Anita used to make her gorgeous handbag planter.

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Winco Round Tray with Swirl Pattern, 16-Inch, Stainless Steel
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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Flower Pots Outdoor Indoor Garden Planters, Plant Containers with Drain Hole, Gray, Marble Pattern (8.6 + 7.5 Inch)
Evergreen Peacock Metal Teacup Planter
Sale LA JOLIE MUSE Flower Pot Garden Planters Outdoor Indoor, Plant Pots Containers with Drain Hole, Weathered Grey(11.3 Inch, Pack 2 )

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Garden Decor Crafts, PVC Hacks, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: July 6, 2021 21:10

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Wow that is sooo cool Michelle! I do need more outside yard art things. It looks just like a teacup. Love it! I did not know that you could make pvc pipe bend like that. I figured that it would crack. That is so clever!
    • Posted: July 10, 2021 10:04

      acraftymix

      Bending the PVC pipes with sand was my hubby's genius idea ;-) He always comes up with these neat tricks when I'm stuck.
  • Posted: June 22, 2021 12:29

    Claire

    That's such a clever upcycle. I love the way the moss grows over the edges. Your planter looks fabulous as always.
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 21:40

    Kippi Ohern

    What an amazing upcycle. Love how it turned out!
    • Posted: June 24, 2021 12:49

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Kippi, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out too ;-)
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 19:53

    Kim

    Ah-Mazing!! I love it and yes, go big or go home is right. He nailed it and it looks fabulous. I actually say that all the time...but my goal is really to just go home. Heehee!! I'm the ultimate homebody.
    • Posted: June 22, 2021 11:05

      acraftymix

      :D With a home as lovely as yours, Kim, I'd be a homebody too.
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 19:43

    Maria Brittis

    I love this! The moss looks so natural like it belongs there.
    • Posted: June 27, 2021 18:16

      acraftymix

      Mossy goodness at it's best ;-)
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 16:23

    Marie - Interior Frugalista

    Girl, your creative brain never ceases to amaze me. This teacup planter is brilliant! I've never heard of bending PVC with sand before and now I'll never forget it.
    • Posted: June 21, 2021 17:27

      acraftymix

      The sand trick with a PVC pipe always works like a charm, Marie. You just have to be careful because it's really hot.
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 15:55

    Rosemary Palmer

    How fun - I had a big ceramic teacup once, not quite this big and loved the whimsy of it. Sadly it broken beyond repair.
    • Posted: June 21, 2021 17:26

      acraftymix

      Awwww I'm sorry to hear that Rosemary. Perhaps you can make your own now using the tutorial as a guide.
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 14:25

    Anita Holland

    Go big or go home indeed. You sure did. I expected it to be one of your adorable miniatures even though you said oversize teacup. It is really creative and it looks awesome. Another great project my friend.
    • Posted: June 21, 2021 17:25

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Anita. Seems so many of our projects are either really big or teeny, tiny
  • Posted: June 21, 2021 14:24

    Sara

    Gosh Michelle, this is fantastic. When I first saw it, I actually thought it was concrete! It really had me fooled. I'd love to tear up a patch of grass in the front yard and feature this front and centre. Not sure how Hubs will feel about that. Might take some convincing lol!
    • Posted: June 21, 2021 17:24

      acraftymix

      :D The giant teacup does make quite the statement in the garden, so I'm sure hubs won't mind too much

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