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DIY Teacup Succulent Garden with a Book Shelf

April 8, 2014
DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

Ever since I discovered that it’s pretty difficult to kill cacti and succulents I’ve been collecting then around the apartment like a squirrel preparing for winter. Usually when I bring a plant into the apartment it commits suicide upon entering our threshold, but the cacti seem to be doing alright. (WOOHOO!)

I’ve also been collecting teacups from Goodwill and Ebay to plant the cacti in around the apartment. I love the juxtaposition of something so prickly inside something so dainty.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
What you need:
– Book for the shelf, actually found my book on the street when someone left it out to throw away
– Jute
– Teacups (Mine are from Ebay and Goodwill)
– Rocks for the bottom of the teacups (For drainage)
Succulents and cacti
– Frame to go around shelf, also from the street in front of a frame shop that was pitching it.

Because it can be a little difficult to find a variety of succulents in the city for a decent price, I actually ordered mine off Amazon. I was so surprised that they came in perfect shape and two months later, all of them are still living! Definitely would recommend the seller they came from.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
To start, tie one loop of the jute around one side of the book.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
Then wrap the jute around two more times and tie it in a sturdy knot. Then make loop handles of equal length. When you put the book against the wall with the loop handles wrapped around two parallel nails, gravity will make the book into a really sturdy shelf. It’s really not an exact science– just make the straps look like a backpack that is lying flat on the ground. 🙂

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
To make sure some of the shorter succulents didn’t get hidden, I stacked a few branch discs underneath two teacups to give them a little boost.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
In addition to Goodwill and Ebay, a couple teacups come from Anthropologie when they were on sale for a few dollars, and the tiny thimble teacup from a shop around where I work in Chinatown.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

When you’re hanging the shelf, you just need to nail two level nails into the wall and wrap your jute handles around the nails until the shelf is even. One nail might have two wraps and the other might have three. As long as the book is level, you’re good to go! 🙂

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

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  • cierra smith-voytek April 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    This is just adorable!!! Great job.

  • Stephanie Medeiros April 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Aaahh, so cute! This is perfect because my cats will usually eat any plants I keep on a table or something.

  • ette April 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    A wonderful idea, thank you so much for this one!

  • Maria April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    So awesome! 😀

  • Maricarmen Fernández May 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I will do in my apartment!! Lovely

  • Erin January 31, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Can you give more directions as to how you made the book shelf? Its a really cute idea!