If you’ve been following the blog for a while you may know that we break a lot of wine glasses and we don’t even drink wine 😉 It’s always easy to find a way to repurpose the glass portion. You can turn them into a unique “sands of time” inspired hourglass or a fairy garden cloche. The stems, on the other hand, are another thing entirely. We’ve used them before to make lovely hand-crafted vases and these eco-friendly coconut planters, which make great hostess gifts BTW 😉 But I have a few more in our upcycle stash, so I thought I’d share another idea with you all. Using those stems to make these elegant and oh so gorgeous wine glass stem planters.
Don’t they look so chic? IMHO the wine glass stems give those ceramic mugs a whole new classy vibe. These ones will be going down to our holiday home so we added faux succulents. It just makes life easier.
You can plant the real thing too. Just make sure to drill a few drainage holes before putting everything together. Okay, before we get to the tutorial, please do us a favor and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!
What you need
I found these lovely
mugs ceramic vessels at the thrift store a while back.
I’m not sure what they’re used for, but I loved the pattern and size, and I only paid $5 for them, so I didn’t even think twice about adding them to my stash of “one day when” projects 😉 You can use teacups, coffee cups, or any pretty vessel for this repurpose and the stem from a wine glass. If you don’t have a bunch of crazy friends that break wine glasses, this quick video will show you just how easy it is to cut the stem off a wine glass.
You’ll also need the following:
- 60 grit sandpaper
- Suitable plants
- Loctite Ultra Gel Control Super Glue
If you can’t find Loctite, any glue that dries clear, quickly, and says glass or ceramic on the instructions will work.
You can also use Welbond and E6000, but they take longer to dry, which is no fun at all 😀
How to make classy wine glass stem planters
This is a seriously easy repurpose idea. Just a heads up; you do need a little patience, but it’s totally worth it. Let’s get started. Mark the middle of each mug or teacup you’ll be using for the planters.
Use wet 60-grit sandpaper to roughen the marked area up. Wetting the sandpaper first helps keep the fine glass and ceramic dust away. Do the same to the top of the wine stems to even them out. This step is really important. We’ll be gluing two non-porous surfaces together, and they need that rough area to grip onto. If you’ll be planting real succulents, now’s the time to drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of the vestibules or teacups.
Put a dollop of super glue on the wine glass stem and the bottom center of the mugs or teacups and press the two together firmly. You need to be patient and hold the stems in place while the glue sets. Fortunately, instant glue only takes a minute to set fully. Make sure that the stem is level and in the middle. If they’re stuck together, and you find your wine glass stem planter is a bit lopsided, use gentle force to pry them apart, sand, and glue again.
Once the first dollop of glue dries, add a
crapload more glue. Since these planters will be going to our holiday home, I wanted to make very sure the stems wouldn’t fall off. You never know what your guest will get up to when they’re on a break 😉
Adding some greenery
I would have loved to add real succulents from our ever-growing collection. Sadly while succulents are low maintenance, they do need watering on the odd occasion, and we only go down to the coast once a year. So fake it is.
To add the faux succulents, fill the planters with some florist foam and top it up with some pebbles or glass beads. Florist foam is really light, which helps make the wine glass stem planters less top-heavy.
Add the succulents and ………..
….. the repurposed wine glass stem planters are all done 😀
Classy, and elegant with a touch of drama always works for me.
Does it work for you too?
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More broken wine glass tutorials
- If you can’t find a ceramic cup or you prefer a natural planter, you can make something similar using coconuts.
- Those broken stems are also perfect for creating a dreamy, upcycled candle holder.
- On the odd occasion when the stem breaks and you’re left with a stemless wine glass, these tutorials will show you how you can upcycle the bowl
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And if you prefer to buy unique succulent planters rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.